Is Natural Gas Really the Energy Solution?

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Jim talks with Jason about the situation in the 1990s, when natural gas prices were as low as they are today. Independent power producers built lots of natural gas energy plants, only to see natural gas prices rise in the mid-2000s. With large supplies holding prices down today and many calling natural gas the saving grace of U.S. energy needs, Jim's concerned that history may rhyme and investors could be caught.

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  • Report this Comment On March 23, 2012, at 7:01 PM, wjcoffman wrote:

    What were the prices of the other fuel sources in the mid-2000s? I don't think your comparison is apples to apples. That is, was oil around $100 per bbl at that time? Energy producers will go where the fuel is cheapest (unless the Uncle Sam introduces controls, like pollution and other behavior modifications). I'd guess the "painful" price point for natural gas won't be the same as the mid-2000s price.

    T Boone Pickens says he lost $150M in wind energy. I propose it's not because wind energy is not the future but rather the price point of other fuels dropped making wind power generation too expensive.

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