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Read online @ B A K K E N O I L B I Z . C O M / d i g i t a l - j o u r n a l 21 Contact: Steven M. Sottung, LEED ® AP Vice President, Director of Business Development STV Energy Services, Inc. (610) 385-8262 / STV Energy Services, Inc. provides engineering, design, procurement, project management and construction management services to the natural gas, liquid petroleum, and pipeline transportation markets for projects from concept to completion. Strategically located in Denver and Bismarck, we deliver innovative solutions to meet our clients' needs. • Oil, gas and water processing and treatment facilities • Pipelines and gathering systems • Construction management • Commissioning/start-up • Storage and loading facilities • Control system programming & integration • Permitting – construction, air, natural resources • UL 508A-listed electrical and control panel fabrication shop • Metering/measurement services Efficiency Through Engineering & Design ➤ continued, pg 22 asking, "Has this been tried before?" The an- swer is much milder ver- sions of the President's energy policy have been tried in Europe. They've resulted in sky-rocketing energy prices every time. Take Germany. Over the last decade, Germany pursued the popular ideal of running on the unreliable energy from solar and wind. Since unreliable energy can't be relied upon, it has to be propped up by reliable energy, mostly fossil fuels. The solar panels and wind turbines are an unnecessary and enormous cost to the system. The average German pays 3 to 4 times more for electric- ity than the average American. It's so bad that Germans have had to add a new term to the language, "Energy Poverty." The United States should learn from the failed German experiment. Instead, our President is doubling down on it. Just as ominously, he's calling for even the poorest countries to use unreliables instead of reliables. This, in a world where 3 billion people have almost no access to energy. How could this possibly be moral? The alleged justifica- tion is that fossil fuels cause climate change, and should therefore be eliminated. We need to clearly define what we mean by climate change, because while nearly every- one, the 97%, agrees that more CO2 in the atmosphere causes some climate change, it makes all the difference ALEX EPSTEIN in the world whether that change is a mild, manageable warm- ing, or a runaway, catastrophic warming. Which is it? If we look at what has been scientifically demonstrated, versus what has been speculated, the climate impact of CO2 is mild and man- ageable. The warming of the last 80 years has been barely more than the natural warming that occurred in the 80 years before that, when there were virtually no CO2 emissions. From a geological perspective, both CO2 levels and temperatures are very low. There is no perfect amount of CO2, or perfect aver- age temperature. Although, higher CO2 levels do create more plant growth and higher temperatures do lower mortality rates. To be sure, many prominent scientists and organizations predict catastrophe. This is a wild speculation. It's nothing new. Indeed, many of today's thought leaders have been falsely predicting catastrophe for decades. 30 years ago, NASA climate leader, James Hansen, predicted that temperatures would rise by 2 to 4 degrees between 2000 and 2010. Instead, depending on which temperature data set you consult, they rose only slightly, or not at all. 30 years ago, President Obama's top science adviser, John Hold- ren predicted that by now, we'd be approaching a billion CO2 related deaths from famine. Instead, famine has plummeted. More broadly, climate related deaths, deaths from extreme heat, extreme cold, storms, drought and floods have decreased at a rate of 50% since the 1980's, and 98% since major CO2 emis- sions began 80 years ago. cont.

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