“Number of the Week: Advancing to # 3?”
“According to reports, the American Petroleum Institute
is estimating that in 2019 the US will become the third largest exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). According to the EIA, the largest LNG exporters from 2013 to 2017 were (in order):Qatar, Australia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Indonesia Algeria, US.”
“In the late 1970s many in Washington were convinced the US was about to run out of natural gas. Their belief was supported by then “state of the art” numerical models run on computers. In 1978, Congress passed, and President Carter signed an energy bill including the Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Use Act which included provisions effectively prohibiting Construction of power plants solely using natural gas or oil.”
“In 1987 the act was repealed. All reliable power plants being built in the US today are powered by natural gas.”
“This history demonstrates the folly of basing government policies on long-term predictions from numerical models that have not been verified and validated. Verification and validation of models is a process that climate modelers avoid.”
By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP).