April 26, 2015

Fracking or wind power? A Texas rancher with both on his land explains the pros and cons

Rebel Staff
 

West Texas rancher Mark Morgan talks about the struggle to survive simply as a cattle rancher. Like many of his neighbours, Morgan has diversified.

He was one of the first Texans to get into the wind energy business, and has recently agreed to allow fracking on his land.

(In Morgan's case, the whole fracking process will only last 48 hours!)

We debate the pros and cons of wind turbines, then talk about the differences between fracking and wind power.

(As you'll notice during our interview, noise is definitely an issue with wind turbines, no matter what some of their proponents will tell you.)

 

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commented 2015-04-27 10:15:23 -0400
Hi Liza
“I’m not to sure about the environmental safety” Have you ever fished off the Bruce power pant on Lake Erie the fish grow faster and bigger because of the warmer water it’s the only part of Lahe Erie that does’nt freeze over in winter. I’m not suggesting the port would stay open year round but it could extend the shipping season by a couple of months making is it viable port, it could make a viable port to export our wheat and other grain products. Churhill port and railway were constructed for this reason.
Thank you for reading my comments and may be the Canadian government will do what Isuggested.
Fraser
commented 2015-04-26 20:39:48 -0400
“nuclear power plant a Candu reactor. The benifit of this power plant is three full one it brings reliable affordable electricity to the north, two the effuent, the warm water would keep the harbor open”, I’m not to sure about the environmental safety of that Fraser, but you do have some creative points. As far as the North is concerned, its use it or lose it. Putin is eye balling it, and we need to maintain as much presence as possible.

I guess in Texas, some of these landowners own so much land that they can put the wind generators far enough away that they don’t really trouble anyone. I hate to have them shoved down our throats like we do in Canada, by misguided provincial governments. I wouldn’t live beside one. I also think they are a significant problem for large birds. Where are the bloody environmentalists on that. As this guy says, wind generators produce such a small amount of energy compared to oil and gas.

Terry , the noise from the wind generators was part of the story. It would have been dumb to buffer it out of these pieces.
commented 2015-04-26 20:16:33 -0400
Youtube video from Marathon Oil has a good basic explanation showing how fracking works.
Type in at Youtube: “Animation of Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)”
As a bonus for laughs, there is an environutter effort about the sky falling because of fracking which immediately follows it.
commented 2015-04-26 18:59:44 -0400
And thought Fraser’s idea is an excellent idea, the unfortunate chances of that happening is less than zero.

Harper might be one to go for the plan as he wants to develop the north, the econuts, including the horned “saint” Suzuki, and the entire brain dead left wing main stream media, with the Communist Broadcast Corporation in the lead, would scream bloody murder at the plan. They would all have a gray matter melt down … … hmmm … let’s get that idea going! :)
commented 2015-04-26 18:43:20 -0400
Thank you Dave
It just takes a little immagination
commented 2015-04-26 18:25:18 -0400
Good ideas there Fraser.
commented 2015-04-26 17:08:40 -0400
Ezra caught you on the Blaze, you ended the interview with you saying what can be done with Putin’s controllinng Europe’s energy ie. gaz & oil Well here is the asswer. Our north vertually has gaz oozing out of the ground. Our industries are at a stand still. Here is what has to be done, we have to develope our north and Churchill Manitoba is the key. One it has a rail link, two it has a harbor, three it is nearer the oil and gaz fields. WE start building a oil & gaz line from the fields at the same time we upgrade the harbor. At the same time we start building the largest LNG plant. at the same time we start building a new
nuclear power plant a Candu reactor. The benifit of this power plant is three full one it brings reliable affordable electricity to the north, two the effuent, the warm water would keep the harbor open and would bring a fishing industry to Churchill and three it would bring employment to Canadians. We should start building LNG ships the costs being around 210 million each these being used to transfir our products to Europe and the world also building up or steel and shipbuilding industries, and of course JOBS.
You ask how would we finaace this easy sell the CBC 1.3 billion a year get out of the Un-United Nations
cut off foreign aid to China $200 million a year Stop aid to our enemies, those who hate our way of life $ 4 billion a year. The other savings would come from people working instead of collecting,
Enlightened Conservative
commented 2015-04-26 16:48:24 -0400
Nice to hear from the Americans. They have a different attitude toward business than Canadians. Different environment in Texas than here though, as Ezra points out.

In my constituency, Conservative MPP Laurie Scott has gone to bat for constituents who claim ill health from the effects of nearby wind turbines. They also claim their property values have declined. And of course, the effects on local eagle populations are devastating.

I like the idea of mixed energy resources. Sounds the most balanced to me.
commented 2015-04-26 16:06:27 -0400
“(As you’ll notice during our interview, noise is definitely an issue with wind turbines, no matter what some of their proponents will tell you.)”
Actually, during Ezra’s last interview with a Texas rancher, the wind made sections of the recording almost inaudible, without a turbine in sight. Guys, I realize this is only play TV, but please…invest in a windsock. They’re only twenty bucks.