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Energy Why Lower Natural Gas Prices Help the U.S. Only a Little

Bloomberg Businessweek -- There’s a rule of thumb that says a $10 rise in the price of a barrel of oil reduces gross domestic product growth by anywhere from 0.2 to 0.5 percentage points. Applied over the past six months, when crude prices rose by about $30 from early October to the end of March, that means dearer oil might’ve chewed as much as 1.5 percent out of GDP growth during the last two quarters. Not a trivial amount considering GDP increased 3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg tend to think the economy grew just 2.2 percent in the first three months of 2012, when the price of gas really took off.

Oil is our economy’s most important raw material. The price of it (and therefore, gasoline) impacts the price of just about everything we buy, from groceries to clothes to app


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sydb7
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 6:27:42 AM

Most of the "new" natural gas is being exported!
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Av_Bob: just can't change the minds of some people. Some are too, ummm.. judge-mental?
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honda0105
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TedNC: you're right.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 9:08:15 PM

bvrbill - "We need to see more natural gas powered vehicles and fueling stations. A Chevy Volt can't move freight. A natural gas powered truck, can."

Imagine a semi tractor with a 140-hp electric motor in each of four drive wheels, some batteries and a matched engine/generator with a bit more power than needed to keep a loaded truck moving at 70 mph.
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sparky808
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 1:11:32 PM

Thank you for posting.
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remay
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 11:21:19 AM

Yep, and it seems we are SLOOOOOWWWW to do anything about the abundance!
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 4:25:48 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 9:48:53 PM

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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 9:31:19 PM

southrob said, "what would help alot on the gas price would be to drill on federal land"

Actually, no it wouldn't. All of this natural gas flooding the market is shale gas which is predominantly found in the eastern U.S. The vast majority of federal land is out west.

Don't be greedy. Leave the federal land alone. Leave someplace for our grandchildren to drill.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 9:28:14 PM

Once again, judgemobile, there is no switch in the Oval Office that controls fuel prices in this country.

If you want to blame someone, go to the source, namely Big Oil.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 9:25:53 PM

I'm intrigued by the idea of natural gas powered 18-wheelers but how big would the fuel tanks have to be? Natural gas requires much larger tanks than those used for diesel. Would that drastically reduce the volume of freight that can be handled per trailer?
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 9:05:33 PM

Really...?
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 9:03:37 PM

Wish I could afford to convert my vehicle to NG.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 9:01:52 PM

Interesting - Thanks for posting.
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bvrbill
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 9:00:59 PM

We need to see more natural gas powered vehicles and fueling stations. A Chevy Volt can't move freight. A natural gas powered truck, can.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:59:23 PM

Ok
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OK
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The link to the full article is broken. Here is the correct link.
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judgemobile
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:54:54 PM

prices got down to $ 1.91...when suddenly THEY noticed, and now prices are back near 2.20. Remember at the polls in November under who's watch this suden HIKE happened.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:52:42 PM

I suppose higher prices would help more?
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:48:01 PM

gas to damm high
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:47:43 PM

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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:47:18 PM

OMG 2012 ...
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:43:17 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:42:32 PM

I agree with that whole statement.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:41:14 PM

Yea and our speculators drive it in the ground every day.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:38:21 PM

We need to use more natural gas. Chesapeake is leading the way, spending lots of money to innovate new uses for natural gas.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:36:39 PM

Interesting.
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skybiker
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:30:03 PM

Use NG for fixed heating and electric and gas for transportation. We have enough oil for 200 more years right here in the USA....
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:28:23 PM

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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:28:18 PM

Bad link.

NG needs infrastructure to become a widely available resource.

I hope the suppliers get busy soon. Vehicles will follow.

Will speculators ruin this affordable commodity too? Most likely they will.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:24:47 PM

ok, i know
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ok
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:22:35 PM


The link to the full article is broken.
Here is the correct link.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:22:13 PM

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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:15:00 PM

Switch all cars and trucks to NG, we only make/have so much money why send it to OPEC????
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The link to the full article is broken.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:12:18 PM

we need to use more natural gas
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OK
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:04:58 PM

what would help alot on the gas price would be to drill on federal land
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:03:17 PM

ok
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wow
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Ok
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Ok
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:58:24 PM

We have plenty of NG, but not enough capacity to liquify it.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:53:19 PM

Because we use so little for fueling our vehicles. Need more options for natural gas powered vehicles.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:48:50 PM

They can't count the money fast enough at Goldman Sachs.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:45:15 PM

ending speculation would help....
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