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Author Topic: Fossil Fuels: Degraded Democracy and Profit Over Planet Pollution  (Read 19624 times)

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Agelbert NOTE: To be filed under SOCIAL ENGINEERING that is quite acceptable to those who claim they are "skeptical" of social engineering.   What these Capitalist/Libertarian/Game Theorists REALLY mean by that is that they are SELECTIVELY skeptical.

You see, it's fine and dandy for we-the-people to Disproportionately Subsidize Polluting Predators 'R' US  but it's, uh, "financially unsound social engineering" (i.e. Socialism for everybody instead of just for the elite Welfare Queens  ;)) for government money to be used to help in feeding the poor, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, caring for the sick or other "financially unsound" examples of altruistic "nonsense" that "SUCCESSFUL Apex Predators" should nevah, evah, evah engage in...     

01/15/2016 03:52 PM     

Little Known Fact: Renewable Energy Companies Pay Way More Than Fossil Firms to Lease Public Land

SustainableBusiness.com News

When fossil fuel companies are allowed to lease our public lands to extract oil, gas and coal, they pay close to nothing for the privilege of disrupting our climate and destroying wildlife habitat.

But for renewable energy developers it's another story. They pay top dollar to put solar or wind arrays on public lands. 

For solar, costs per acre have a huge range. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) charges between $16.50 and $6,897 and rates rise each year, but oil and gas leases are set in stone at the bargain price of $1.50 per acre per year, according to Renewable Energy World.

"It's almost embarrassing what we charge," Dick Bouts, energy program analyst at BLM told Renewable Energy World. "It's certainly pocket change for these companies that will spend millions of dollars developing a lease to get it in production, and the rent is almost nothing."

And while solar and wind projects produce energy forever, once the oil and gas is pulled from the ground, it's gone.

Mineral Leasing Act of 1920   

It all goes back to the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, when Congress set the rates. Congress raised the fee from $1 per acre in the 1980s, but since then Congress has refused to act. Cattle and sheep ranchers can graze their animals on public lands for bargain prices for the same reason.

"Even if we were to try to do a rule making and try to raise the rate for oil and gas, BLM would get beat up so bad by the industry and by certain members of Congress," he told Renewable Energy World.

But Congress does allow BLM to set rates for renewable energy. These market rates rise every year and are based on population and GDP.
In addition to paying rent for the land, there are royalty fees. Oil and gas companies pay 12.5% of the value of what they extract, but various loopholes reduce it to more like 5%.
Solar pays a per-megawatt fee, and the bigger a project is, the price goes up for every megawatt of energy produced.
Fees are lowest for solar PV ($5,256 per MW), followed by concentrating solar without energy storage ($6,570 per MW) and are highest with energy storage ($7,884 per MW), reports Renewable Energy World.

The only other fee BLM is allowed to set rates is for oil and gas pipelines and transmission lines for renewables that run through federal land.

This is one more sweetheart deal that continues to subsidize fossil fuels at the expense of renewable energy.  >:(

Agelbert NOTE: Please repeat after me, Fossil Fuels are NOT a REsource because the CANNOT be use more than ONCE. ONLY RENEWABLE ENERGY is a RESOURCE of energy. Fossil Fuels are a SOURCE of (polluting) Energy, NOT a RESOURCE. This corruption of the language to describe energy sources by the polluters is worthy of Machiavelli in general and Game Theory in particular.   

There is absolutely NO JUSTIFICATION (unless you are into game theory, of course ) for the POLLUTION of public lands and the HARM it does to wildlife for this ONE SHOT DEAL of sucking fossil fuels out of the ground while you kill every bit of wildlife that gets in your way!!! 

And what do the fossil fuelers/game theory worshippers/SELECTIVE Skeptics of social engineering say to above? See below.

« Last Edit: January 16, 2016, 05:44:44 pm by AGelbert »
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