Can it be that the United States is finally getting its energy situation under control?
This week I reported that some experts predict North American energy independence by 2020, as the U.S. leads the world in new oil and gas production. New technology is allowing us to exploit deeper reserves without creating big problems for the environment.
Earlier this week I spoke with Dwight Keen of Winfield, chair of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association. He told me drilling activity in southern Kansas has “become somewhat frenetic” … with most of the new activity in Comanche, Barber, and Harper Counties. He assured me the industry is “not under-taxed” … paying severance, property, and income taxes in Kansas.
A tornado damaged wind turbine blades in Harper County Saturday, reminding us of another source of clean, renewable energy that is just coming on line in Kansas.
Sure looks to me like the Sunflower State is in the middle of an energy boom.
Our thought for today is from Carl Sagan:
“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”