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The Mining Museum adopted their burros through the United States Bureau of Land Management’s adoption program. As the US Congress says in the Wild Horse and Burro Act, Oro and Nugget are “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west.” The Museum supports the donkeys (burro in English!) and its heritage and natural resource education mission with fun experiential events like this one. When you go, you’ll feed and pet the burros, here the steam shovel whistle shriek, watch a air locomotive roll (wath out - no brakes!), and kick up your hoofs (I meant heals!) to good “old-timey” music – all in the beautiful “wet land” environment of the Museum’s property. Fun, real stuff for the whole family!
In honor of his memory, do you have any personal stories about Lee you would be willing to share with us?
Thanks for your consideration.
With respect for Lee and his family,
It looks to me like the market (for natural gas demand, production, as well as for issues related to environmental concerns) has been established:
In other words, the natural gas that I demand, will be provided by the market through increased production – drilling.
I believe I can affect this market in three ways:
1. Try to be knowledgeable about my natural resource utilization and what it takes to serve my demand.
3. And, most importantly, conserve.
Keeping track of issues associated with my natural resource utilization his is important to me, but it’s time consuming!
I believe that regulators try to balance the market (my consumption needs with industry’s economic goals) and its journalists like you, Pam, that help keep the regulators balanced by informing the public. Good work and thank you.
In consuming natural resources, I try to be consistent.
Well, at least I try to be knowledgeable about my utilization. Given that, I hope you don’t mind my adding these references for your readers to consider.
Albany Times Union, Drillers get lift from Obama's (State of the Union) talk: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Dr…
NaturalGas.org, Uses of Natural Gas (Info on consumption in the United States): http://www.naturalgas.org/overview/uses.as…
Addition to Digging In…Natural Gas Consumption by End Use: 23,775,388 Million Cubic Feet in 2010 (US Energy Information Administration: http://188.8.131.52/dnav/ng/ng_cons_sum_…)
Your article, combined with the little I know about the market and resource consumption, leads me to believe that I need to conserve.
I’m going to turn down the thermostat on my natural gas furnace, and try not to use peak, natural gas generated electricity when I run my microwave, coffee pot, clothes dryer, and electric oven all at once.
Another great article, Pam.
Very comprehensive…I love the geology; Certainly the environmental issues are compelling; It’s important to keep questioning industry and it’s regulators; And your reference to the economics of natural gas production provides balance.
At the risk of being obvious, I thank you for letting me add the following:
As I write this, my 40,000 btu, natural gas, forced air furnace just kicked on. Every time the thermostat calls for heat, natural gas shoots through the burner, is ignited by the pilot light in an impressive explosion of flame to warm the heat exchanger. Once the exchanger is hot, the electric blower motor switches on, forcing air across it to heat my family’s dwelling.
In addition, during our community's peak energy usage times, instead of coal, I’m sure that natural gas is being utilized to produce the electricity that is running the blower motor (my computer, coffee pot, microwave, and Christmas lights). Of course, this is happening at my neighbor's house, and I’ll bet…yours.
As a matter of fact, as I’m sure you know, some estimates say that demand in global natural gas markets alone (not including oil or coal) will increase over 47% in the next 25 years. Consequently, natural gas reserves will be developed. It is good that our press is helping to educate our citizens about issues surrounding our use of natural resources.
Keep up the good work and I think I’ll turn my thermostat down.
I have to remind myself that our electricity demand requires coal to generate over 50% of our electricity nationally (almost 70% in Colorado Springs), and that right now most of us are only willing to invest an additional 1% of our energy bill in renewable energy at the utility level. This Solar Garden model is an effective, market driven way for renewable energy sources to contribute to our power generation portfolio. These “distributive generation” facilities will help us increase the amount of renewable energy we utilize as a percentage of our total demand. Colorado Springs Utilities is targeting 20% in its plans and is asking us as power users to increase our conservation efforts to 10%. Good work SunShare!
No matter how you look at it, this is bad news for diversity and nonprofits in Colorado Springs. The Gay & Lesbian Fund has provided tremendous, important financial and in-kind support for an array of area nonprofits. Thank you Tim Gill. Best wishes Mary Lou Makepeace.
Given our society’s tremendous (and growing) demand for electricity, combined with its political and market conditions, there is no doubt that coal and natural gas will remain the major fuel source for electricity production long into the future (unless our consumption/conservation patterns change). The technological and business potential of NSG’s innovation, practically supported by CSU, is no less then amazing. While recognizing that this is a serious scientific and industrial “work in progress,” the leadership of Colorado Springs should be trumpeting the success of this private (small business) and public partnership (In addition to the environmental and economic upside mentioned in Pam’s article, It is creating good, local jobs – check out NSG’s webstie). Congratulations to CSU and NSG. Thanks, Pam for this report.
PS. I’m certain that the emissions rising from the towers in the photo above is water vapor not combustion gas. In other words, I think the photo is misleading.
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