“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King Jr
segunda-feira, 28 de novembro de 2011
Os empregos verdes...
... não estão aqui como sonhou a Administração Obama mas no petróleo e no gás como mostra o Wall Street Journalneste artigo e do qual retiro alguns parágrafos mais interessantes:
So President Obama was right all along. Domestic energy production really is a path to prosperity and new job creation. His mistake was predicting that those new jobs would be "green," when the real employment boom is taking place in oil and gas.
While Washington has tried to force-feed renewable energy with tens of billions in special subsidies, oil and gas production has boomed thanks to private investment. And while renewable technology breakthroughs never seem to arrive, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized oil and gas extraction—with no Energy Department loan guarantees needed.
The oil and gas rush has led to a jobs boom. North Dakota has the nation's lowest jobless rate, at 3.5%, and the state now has some 200 rigs pumping 440,000 barrels of oil a day, four times the amount in 2006. The state reports more than 16,000 current job openings, and places like Williston have become meccas for workers seeking jobs that often pay more than $100,000 a year.
Shale gas - North Dakota
Se alguém tem dúvidas que os EUA não vão ratificar prolongamento do Protocolo de Kyoto em Durban deve perde-las depois de ler este artigo.
Se alguém tem dúvidas que o gás natural será a fonte de energia eléctrica a crescer mais no mix global nas próximas décadas também terá de rever as suas ideias.