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Oil and Gas: Lobbying Background

For Months I have been preaching about Dirty Energy Politics and quoting information I’ve been viewing from http://opensecrets.org yet for some reason I’ve not received many responses to the Article Posts on the Sustainable Building Blogs I operate http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com and http://scottscontracting.wordpress.com. So with this post I’ve included everything from the open secrets web site in one easy to use point of reference. As you will see the various lobbying organizations are spending Millions of Dollars Influencing our Elected Leaders.

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I myself don’t have the lobbying power that these organizations do.

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created with the organizations assistance created a group for St Louis.

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Now on with the promised information about the Lobbying Activities of the Oil and Gas Industries

This industry, which includes multinational and independent oil and gas producers and refiners, natural gas pipeline companies, gasoline service stations and fuel oil dealers, has long enjoyed a history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 million to candidates and parties since the 1990 election cycle, 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans.

Though former oilmen George W. Bush and Dick Cheney occupied the White House for eight years, the oil and gas industry could not win support for repealing bans on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. However, Congress voted in 2008 to lift a ban on offshore drilling. These companies are also wary of cap-and-trade climate change legislation, such as the measure Democratic President Barack Obama supports. Yet Obama still received $884,000 from the oil and gas industry during the 2008 campaign, more than any other lawmaker except his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Obama appeared poised to usher in more offshore drilling expansion in 2010 — until the explosion of a BP-operated oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that resulted in millions of gallons of fossil fuels to leak into the coastal waters of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. The environmental toll has been significant, and industries such as tourism and fishing have suffered. Politically, the Obama administration has delayed plans to expand offshore drilling in many areas, and Congress is mulling whether to pass legislation aimed at avoiding another disaster of similar scope.

In contrast to former President Bush’s largely pro-industry stance on energy and environmental issues, the Democratic-controlled White House and Congress will probably grant these companies fewer favors. Bush consistently rolled back Clinton-era restrictions on commercial uses of federal lands—including nature preserves, national forests and national monuments. To the oil and gas industry’s delight, he got one step closer in March 2005 when Senate Republicans passed a budget resolution containing a filibuster-proof provision to allow for drilling in ANWR.

Oil and gas companies are always among the industries to spend the most on lobbying, pouring $132.2 million into these efforts in 2008 alone.

– Aaron Kiersh and Dave Levinthal

Updated June 2010

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Oil & Gas

Industry Profile, 2010


Year: “) “) “) “) “) “) “) “) “) “) “) “) “)

Total for Oil & Gas: $146,577,043
Total Number of Clients Reported: 195
Total Number of Lobbyists Reported: 788
Total Number of Revolvers: 500 (63.5%)

. Campaign Contributions from this industry

View totals by: Client/Parent | Subsidiary/Affiliate

Client/Parent Total
ConocoPhillips $19,626,382
Chevron Corp $12,890,000
Exxon Mobil $12,450,000
Royal Dutch Shell $10,370,000
Koch Industries $8,070,000
BP $7,335,000
American Petroleum Institute $7,300,000
Anadarko Petroleum $5,150,000
Marathon Oil $5,130,000
Williams Companies $4,900,000
America’s Natural Gas Alliance $3,360,000
Chesapeake Energy $2,776,560
National Petrochemical & Refiners Assn $2,764,909
Occidental Petroleum $2,582,989
Murphy Oil $2,410,000
Devon Energy $1,380,000
Apache Corp $1,310,000
Noble Energy $1,290,000
National Propane Gas Assn $1,200,000
Independent Petroleum Assn of America $1,185,774
Interstate Natural Gas Assn of America $1,140,000
Sunoco Inc $1,120,000
Hess Corp $1,100,000
Spectra Energy $1,083,509
El Paso Corp $1,076,718
American Gas Assn $980,000
Kosmos Energy $890,000
Tesoro Corp $870,300
Energy Transfer Equity $850,000
Weatherford International $840,000
Reliance Industries Ltd $760,000
Petroleum Marketers Assn $685,000
Valero Energy $644,000
Gas Technology Institute $625,000
Plains Exploration & Production $600,000
Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition $545,000
Transocean Inc $540,000
Denbury Resources $540,000
PDVSA $470,000
TMT Group $470,000
Enbridge Pipelines/Lakehead Pipeln Ptnrs $440,000
Cobalt International Energy $430,000
Hercules Offshore $420,000
National Fuel Gas Corp $400,000
Natural Gas Supply Assn $370,455
Enbridge Energy Partners $350,000
Halliburton Co $345,000
Quintana $300,000
Soc of Ind Gasoline Marketers of America $300,000
Statoil ASA $298,500
Gas Processors Assn $270,000
Bass Enterprises Production $270,000
Ansaldo Energia $270,000
Doyon Drilling Inc $265,000
Ad Hoc Deep Water Expl/Production Cltn $260,000
Gas Natural SDG SA $250,000
Domestic Petroleum Council $240,000
Atlas Energy $240,000
ATP Oil & Gas $240,000
Nexen Inc $240,000
Enterprise Products Partners $236,000
Arctic Slope Regional Corp $235,000
Magellan Midstream Partners $232,385
Cheniere Energy $230,000
Syntroleum Corp $219,000
Anschutz Corp $200,000
Frontier Oil $200,000
Lansdale Co $200,000
Hunt Consolidated $200,000
Nicor Inc $200,000
Oceaneering Intl $200,000
CNX Gas Corp $192,500
CenterPoint Energy $190,000
BG Group $190,000
EnCana Corp $190,000
Kinder Morgan Inc $190,000
Assn of Oil Pipe Lines $184,400
Nabors Industries $180,000
Helix Energy Solutions $180,000
TransCanada Corp $180,000
US Turkmenistan Business Council $180,000
In Situ Oil Sands Alliance $170,000
Industrial Safety Training Council $160,000
Mitsui Oil Exploration Co $160,000
Arrow General Supplies & Services Co $160,000
AGL Resources $160,000
Sinclair Oil $160,000
American Public Gas Assn $155,000
Nustar Energy $152,500
ONEOK Inc $150,000
Questar Corp $150,000
Intl Assn of Drilling Contractors $150,000
Michigan Consolidated Gas Co $140,000
National Oilheat Research Alliance $140,000
Southwest Gas $140,000
National Oilwell Varco $137,500
US Oil & Gas Assn $129,195
XTO Energy $120,000
Tellus Operating Group $120,000
Gulf LNG Energy $120,000
Countrymark Cooperative $120,000
Gary-Williams Energy $120,000
Ergon Inc $120,000
Excelerate Energy $120,000
Kern Oil & Refining Co $110,000
Marion Energy $110,000
Vulcan Energy $110,000
Tidewater Inc $100,000
Strata Production $100,000
Hyperion Resources $100,000
Hornbeck Offshore Services $100,000
Seminole Energy Services $100,000
Oilfield Services & Drilling Indus Cltn $100,000
Gilbarco Inc $100,000
Great Point Energy $100,000
Alliance Pipeline $100,000
CSA America $90,000
Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Assn $90,000
Vitol Inc $90,000
Independent Petroleum Assn/Mountn States $85,000
DaVinci Hourani $85,000
Denali-The Alaska Gas Pipeline $80,000
Enstar Natural Gas $80,000
Falck Alford Services $80,000
Energen Corp $80,000
National Stripper Well Assn $80,000
Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America $80,000
US Oil $80,000
NATSO $78,973
Ohio Oil & Gas Assn $70,000
Alon USA Energy $70,000
Talisman Energy $70,000
New England Fuel Institute $67,000
Oil Oxidizer $60,000
Aegean Oil & Environmental Corp $60,000
Encore Acquisition $60,000
Sigma $60,000
Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition $52,500
Colonial Pipeline $50,000
Frank Reidy $50,000
Alberta Energy $50,000
Navajo Nation Oil & Gas Co $40,000
Oil Shale Exploration $40,000
QEP Resources $40,000
Iroquois Gas Transmission System $40,000
McDermott International $40,000
Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority $37,494
AES Corp $30,000
BakkenLink Pipeline $30,000
Western States Petroleum Assn $30,000
Washington Gas Light Co $28,000
Camelot Oil & Gas Development $20,000
Alyeska Pipeline Service $20,000
Green Earth Fuels $20,000
DeepStar Project $20,000
Mariner Energy $20,000
NIC Holding $20,000
UNEV Pipeline $19,500
Trenton Fuel Works $10,000
Western Independent Refiners Assn $10,000
TORP Technology $10,000
Texas Alliance of Energy Producers $10,000
Northern Star Natural Gas $10,000
Elkem Holding Inc $10,000
American Assn of Petroleum Geologists $10,000
Colonial Oil Industries $10,000
Boardwalkd Pipelines $0
Bradwood Landing $0
C&C Technologies $0
Cabot Oil & Gas $0
Delta Petroleum $0
Fleishman-Hillard Inc $0
NSTAR $0
Seven Seas Petroleum $0
Petro-Hunt LLC $0
Montana Refining Co $0
National Assn of Shell Marketers $0
National Cooperative Refinery Assn $0
Independent Fuel Terminal Operators Assn $0
Gulf South Pipeline Co $0
Stanley Energy $0

NOTE: All lobbying expenditures on this page come from the Senate Office of Public Records. Data for the most recent year was downloaded on January 31, 2010.

Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics. For permission to reprint for commercial uses, such as textbooks, contact the Center.

Lobbying

Oil & Gas Lobbyist-Client

Total Number of Lobbyists Reported: 788*
Total Number of Revolvers: 500 (63.5%)

Download:

Lobbyist

Lobbying Firm/Registrant

Adcock, Michael W

Van Scoyoc Assoc

Addison, Daniel R

Patton Boggs LLP

Agnew, Richard A

Van Ness Feldman

Aguillen, Dean

Ogilvy Government Relations

Akins, Haley E

Dow Lohnes Government Strategies

Albert, Alex

McKenna, Long & Aldridge

Alfano, Holly A

National Assn of Truck Stop Operators

Allen, Kevin

Clark & Weinstock

Alperin, Janice

El Paso Corp

Amontree, Tom

America’s Natural Gas Alliance

Anderson, Mark A

Kelley, Drye & Warren

Anderson, Mark Joseph

Kelley, Drye & Warren

Anderson, Rebecca L

Williams & Jensen

Anderson, Tobyn J

Lighthouse Consulting Group

Antelo, Cristina

Podesta Group

Archer, Bill

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Architzel, Paul

Alston & Bird

Armstrong, James

Shell Oil

Atkins, Caroline

ConocoPhillips

Avery, Kevin J

Marathon Oil

Ayres, Merribel S

Lighthouse Consulting Group

Baer, Julian

Olsson, Frank & Weeda

Baierlein, Daniele

Podesta Group

Baird, Frederick A “Tripp” III

JC Watts Companies

Baker, George D

Williams & Jensen

Baker, Teal

Podesta Group

Bangert, Philip

Patton Boggs LLP

Barbour, Austin

Capitol Resources

Barnes, Ben

Ben Barnes Group

Barnett, Charles

Alpine Group

Barnette, James D

Steptoe & Johnson

Barry, Lisa B

Chevron Corp

Bates, Michael J

Prime Policy Group

Bayless, James L Jr

Winstead, Sechrest & Minick

Beal, Lisa

Interstate Natural Gas Assn of America

Beatty, Chris

KRL International

Beaudreau, David

DC Legislative & Regulatory Services

Beaulieu, Stephen A

National Assn of Truck Stop Operators

Becker-Dippmann, Angela

McBee Strategic Consulting

Beer, Michael S

Williams & Jensen

Beizer, Amy

Van Ness Feldman

Belair, Robert R

Oldaker, Belair & Wittie

Belcher, Leslie

Steptoe & Johnson

Bell, Michael J

Hogan Lovells

Bemis, Robert

Noble Energy

Bendall, Jennifer L

Eris Group

Benedict, Mark

Genesis Group

Bentzel, Carl W

DCI Group

Berman, Howard

Dutko Worldwide

Berman, Michael S

Duberstein Group

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* Actual number of individual lobbyists. This number may be different from the total number of records as lobbyists may be associated with more than one lobbying firm.

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If these stats and numbers sicken your stomach as much as they do mine and you question as to why our Trusted Leaders are Failing to Listen to the Constituents and failing to enact solutions to the everyday struggles that “We the People” are going thru in our daily lives as we are struggling to fill the gas tank and heat/cool our homes.

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Green Tax Breaks Available Thu 2016

If you purchase an energy-efficient product or renewable energy system for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit.

Below you will find an overview of the federal tax credits for energy efficiency that are still available.

Some energy efficiency tax credits were also available in 2009 and 2010. These can still be claimed on your 2010 taxes. Learn more about the tax credits that expired at the end of 2010.

NOTE: The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 included changes to home energy efficiency tax credits, beginning after December 31, 2010. This page will be updated with more information; please check back.

How to Claim Your Tax Credit

  • Note: Tax forms for the 2010 tax year may not yet be available. Visit the IRS Web site to obtain the latest forms.
  • Claim improvements made in 2010 on your 2010 taxes, filed by April 15, 2011.
  • Use the 2010 version of the following forms:
    • For renewable and efficiency credits: IRS Form 5695.
    • For alternative motor vehicle credits: IRS Form 8910. Also download instructions for form 8910.
    • For qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credits: IRS Form 8936
  • Save your receipts and the Manufacturer Certification Statement for your records.
  • For 2009 taxes, visit the IRS Web site to obtain the 2009 version of these forms.

Products Eligible for Tax Credits Through 2016

Tax credits for these products are available at 30% of the cost, with no upper limit, through 2016 (Select “See Details” for more information on each product, or see the printable version).

Geothermal Heat Pump

Photo of two geothermal heat pump—two tall rectangular boxes with pipes and tubes coming out the top of each.

Credit: Bruce Green

Credit: 30% of cost, with no upper limit

When and Where:

  • Must be “placed in service” by Dec. 31, 2016
  • Available on principal home or second home.
  • New and existing homes

Solar Energy Systems

Photo of solar panels on the roof of a home.

Credit: Cheryl Unger

Credit: 30% of cost, with no upper limit

When and Where:

  • Must be “placed in service” by Dec. 31, 2016
  • Available on principal home or second home.
  • New and existing homes
  • See details

    Product Requirements More Information
    Solar Water Heating Property At least half of the energy generated by the “qualifying property” must come from the sun.

    The system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC).

    Credit includes installation costs.

    Learn more about solar water heaters.

    All ENERGY STAR solar water heaters qualify.

    The water must be used in the dwelling. The credit is not available for expenses for swimming pools or hot tubs.

    Tax credits are only available for the solar water heating system property, not the entire water heating system of the household.

    Photovoltaic Systems (Solar Electric Property) Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement. Learn more about:

Wind Energy Systems

Photo of a home with a small wind turbine behind the garage.

Credit: Bergey WindPower

Credit: 30% of cost, with no upper limit

When and Where:

  • Must be “placed in service” by Dec. 31, 2016
  • Available on principal home or second home.
  • New and existing homes
  • See details

    Product Requirements More Information
    Residential Small Wind Turbines Nameplate capacity of not more than 100 kilowatts.

    Credit includes installation costs.

    Learn more about:

Fuel Cells

Photo of a man examining one of three fuel cells. The fuel cells are tall boxes, roughly six feet tall and three feet wide, with a round panel on the front.

Credit: Capstone Turbine Corporation

Credit: 30% of cost, up to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity

When and Where:

  • Must be “placed in service” by Dec. 31, 2016
  • Primary residence
  • New and existing homes
  • See details

    Product Requirements More Information
    Residential Fuel Cell Systems Efficiency of at least 30% and must have a capacity of at least 0.5 kW.

    Credit includes installation costs.

Vehicle Tax Credits

Tax credits are also available for some vehicles (Select “See Details” for more information on each product, or see the printable version).

Vehicles

Photo of a hybrid electric vehicle.

Credit: ©iStockphoto.com

Credit: Varies, see below.

When:

  • See below; credits phased-out after certain number of vehicles are sold.
  • See details

    Product Requirements More Information
    Hybrids, battery-powered, plug-in electric, advanced lean burn, fuel cell, or alternative fuel vehicles Credit is based on a formula determined by vehicle weight, technology, and fuel economy compared to base year models. There is a 60,000 vehicle limit per manufacturer before a phase-out period begins. See Fueleconomy.gov to find out which vehicles are still eligible.

    Use IRS Form 8910 (PDF 86 KBPDF) for vehicles purchased for personal use. Use IRS Form 3800 (PDF 144 KBPDF) for vehicles purchased for business. The 2009 forms will be available late 2009 or early 2010.

    Also see credits for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property.

    Plug-in Electric Vehicles Credit: $2,500-$7,500, based on capacity of the battery system. The first 200,000 vehicles sold get the full tax credit before the credit begins phasing out. Use IRS Form 8936 (PDF 78 KBPDF).

    See the IRS information on the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Credit.

You May Be Eligible for Additional Incentives

The tax credits listed here are federal tax credits.

These can be combined with other state, local, and utility incentives.

Related Links

Note: This summary is for informational purposes only and should not be considered official tax information. Please see the IRS web site for official tax guidance.

 

 

 

 

Old Man Winter Batters the USA- Tips for Saving Money On Energy Bills

Reduce your Energy Imprint, Carbon Foot Print, UN-Needed and Wasteful Energy Consumption by Winterizing your Home and Business.

The Money You Spend on Weatherization will come back to you in real time savings on your Heating Bills
!!!

Step 1: Check for Wind and Drafts in your Buildings Structure:

a) check for air drafts entering your Buildings Interior by: Looking for air gaps by sight, feel or you can use a candle, Smudge Sticks, Incense Sticks (be care full of any open flame in your home/business; especially when testing by windows with Curtains).
b) Places to check: Windows, Doors, Visually Inspect Exterior of your Structure for signs of disrepair, Base Boards and Electrical Outlets around the exterior walls of your home, Electrical Outlets

Step 2: Stop the Cold Air from entering your Structure: Seal all Cracks, Air Gaps, Add Vapor Barriers and or Insulation Where Needed

a) Seal Cracks around Window Frames with Caulking/Expandable Foam.
+Caulking / Expandable Foam can be purchased at Home Improvement Stores, Hardware Stores, Lumber Yards;
+Cost $3-$5 / Tube or Can
+Foam Strips of Self Adhesive Strips can be added to the Window Frames
Costs: $5-$25 / Door

b) Doors:
+Self Adhesive Strips can be added to the Door Stops around the Door Frame
+Costs: $5-$25 / Door
Bottom of the Door is the Threshold and will create the largest air Gap, Stop Air Infiltration by Installing a New Threshold
+Costs: $10-$35 / Door
+ Seal Door Trim with Caulking (around Edges) Expandable Foam Insulation (behind the trim)
Costs: Cost $3-$5 / Tube or Can

c) Base Boards
+ Seal with Caulking or Remove and add Insulation in the Gap between wall material and Flooring
Costs: Caulking $3-$5 / Tube; Insulation $20-$45 / Roll

d) Exterior Electrical Outlets
+ Seal with Caulking or add Insulation in the Gap between wall material and Electric Box Remove Electric Box and Seal with Vapor Barrier / Insulation, then Re-Install Electrical Box and Components $20-$45 each by Qualified Handy Man or Electrician)
Costs: Caulking $3-$5 / Tube; Insulation $20-$45 / Roll

Step 3 Attic Insulation-Suggested Insulation Levels [R-Value] For the St Louis Region (suggestions by the US Dept of Energy)

  1. Attic Insulation Level Should be a Minimum Level R-49

  2. Wall Insulation Level Minimum Level R-13

  3. Flooring Insulation Minimum Level R-30

  4. Basement Interior Wall Minimum Level R-11

Additional Information on Insulation can be found:Insulating Roofs, Walls, and Floors , Attic Insulation and Attic Energy Solutions , Roof and Attic Ventilation , Fall Home Check Up Guide with Photos

NOTE: For Every $1-Dollar Spent on Weatherization will Return a $2 Savings on your Energy Bills every year!!!

Scotty-Scotts Contracting Guarantees that with proper insulation levels and stopping the Cold Air Drafts in your Building you will save money on your Heating Bills.

Republicans Take Heed-Science the GOP can’t wish away

Suggestions for the Republicans in Office:

  1. Get with the Program and push yourself away Monetary Feed Trough; supported by the Big Oil and Big Coal Campaign Donations, it is clouding your Judgment on Global Warming / Climate Change.
  • The Fog in your Head is being caused by the CO2 emissions from Fossil Fuels

See for Your Self and determine which Politician in your States Elected Officials- whose side of the Bread gets Buttered by the Big Oil and Big Coal Companies at: http://dirtyenergymoney.com/view.php?type=congress (Missouri’s Roy Blunt made the Top 5. (That’s sure something to be proud of-NOT!))

If you think the USA does not want Clean Energy for Homes and Business- Take note of the Nov 2, 2010 Election and the Clean Green Energy-http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Proposition_7_%282008%29

It obvious that the Republican Party is not interested in Creating Jobs-yet so many Americans are out of Work-WTF? Is not a portion of your Pay Check created by the Taxes levied against our Pay Checks? Maybe Americans should claim Exempt on their W4′s?

Food For Thought: What if the Political Leaders Pay Checks were determined by the Performance of their Actions or Lack of Actions in the Congress and Senate. I bet many would be singing a different tune.

Mark my Words: Lack of Bi-Partisanship will be a factor in the Next Election

Republicans supposedly support Business Growth- How much will a Business Grow if the Un-Employed can’t buy any products?

I encourage everyone to contact your Leaders in the House and Senate, use the following web link to find your Elected Officials Contact Information and Let them know your Thoughts. They are supposed to Listen to their Constituents.
http://tellmypolitician.com

Science the GOP can’t wish away

By Sherwood Boehlert
Friday, November 19, 2010

Watching the raft of newly elected GOP lawmakers converge on Washington, I couldn’t help thinking about an issue I hope our party will better address. I call on my fellow Republicans to open their minds to rethinking what has largely become our party’s line: denying that climate change and global warming are occurring and that they are largely due to human activities.

National Journal reported last month that 19 of the 20 serious GOP Senate challengers declared that the science of climate change is either inconclusive or flat-out wrong. Many newly elected Republican House members take that position. It is a stance that defies the findings of our country’s National Academy of Sciences, national scientific academies from around the world and 97 percent of the world’s climate scientists.

Why do so many Republican senators and representatives think they are right and the world’s top scientific academies and scientists are wrong? I would like to be able to chalk it up to lack of information or misinformation.

I can understand arguments over proposed policy approaches to climate change. I served in Congress for 24 years. I know these are legitimate areas for debate. What I find incomprehensible is the dogged determination by some to discredit distinguished scientists and their findings.

In a trio of reports released in May, the prestigious and nonpartisan National Academy concluded that “a strong, credible body of scientific evidence shows that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems.” Our nation’s most authoritative and respected scientific body couldn’t make it any clearer or more conclusive.

When I was chairman of the House Committee on Science, top scientists from around the world came before our panel. They were experts that Republicans and Democrats alike looked to for scientific insight and understanding on a host of issues. They spoke in probabilities, ranges and concepts – always careful to characterize what was certain, what was suspected and what was speculative. Today, climate scientists – careful as ever in portraying what they know vs. what they suspect – report that the body of scientific evidence supporting the consensus on climate change and its cause is as comprehensive and exhaustive as anything produced by the scientific community.

While many in politics – and not just of my party – refuse to accept the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change, leaders of some of our nation’s most prominent businesses have taken a different approach. They formed the U.S. Climate Action Partnership. This was no collection of mom-and-pop shops operated by “tree huggers” sympathetic to any environmental cause but, rather, a step by hard-nosed, profit-driven capitalists. General Electric, Alcoa, Duke Energy, DuPont, Dow Chemical, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler signed on. USCAP, persuaded by scientific facts, called on the president and Congress to act, saying “in our view, the climate change challenge will create more economic opportunities than risks for the U.S. economy.”

There is a natural aversion to more government regulation. But that should be included in the debate about how to respond to climate change, not as an excuse to deny the problem’s existence. The current practice of disparaging the science and the scientists only clouds our understanding and delays a solution. The record flooding, droughts and extreme weather in this country and others are consistent with patterns that scientists predicted for years. They are an ominous harbinger.

The new Congress should have a policy debate to address facts rather than a debate featuring unsubstantiated attacks on science. We shouldn’t stand by while the reputations of scientists are dragged through the mud in order to win a political argument. And no member of any party should look the other way when the basic operating parameters of scientific inquiry – the need to question, express doubt, replicate research and encourage curiosity – are exploited for the sake of political expediency. My fellow Republicans should understand that wholesale, ideologically based or special-interest-driven rejection of science is bad policy. And that in the long run, it’s also bad politics.

What is happening to the party of Ronald Reagan? He embraced scientific understanding of the environment and pollution and was proud of his role in helping to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals. That was smart policy and smart politics. Most important, unlike many who profess to be his followers, Reagan didn’t deny the existence of global environmental problems but instead found ways to address them.

The National Academy reports concluded that “scientific evidence that the Earth is warming is now overwhelming.” Party affiliation does not change that fact.

The writer, a Republican, represented New York’s 24th District in Congress from 1983 to 2007. He is a special adviser to the Project on Climate Science.

How to Save Money on Your Winter Heating Bills

On Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 11:29 AM, Scott’s Contracting <scottscontracting@gmail.com> wrote:

  • Did the first Snow of the Year catch you unprepared for winter?
  • Is there enough insulation in your attic, walls, or floor?
  • Do you feel cold air drafts around your windows and doors?
  • Are your Heating bills higher this year than past years?
  • Have you chosen to become an active participant to Reduce the Earth’s Climate Change?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions its not too late to make your Building more Energy Efficient

  • Insulation Levels [R-Value] For the St Louis Region (suggestions by the US Dept of Energy)
  1. Attic Insulation Level Should be a Minimum Level R-49
  2. Wall Insulation Level Minimum Level R-13
  3. Flooring Insulation Minimum Level R-30
  4. Basement Interior Wall Minimum Level R-11

Stop Cold Air Drafts in the Exterior Walls of Your Building by

  1. Installing Weather Stripping around your Doors and Windows
  2. Seal all Exterior Wall Electrical Boxes with Electrical Box Sealer
  3. Seal Exterior Obtrusion’s in Exterior Walls with Caulk or Spray Foam

Additional Insulation Information can be found:Insulating Roofs, Walls, and Floors , Attic Insulation and Attic Energy Solutions , Roof and Attic Ventilation , Fall Home Check Up Guide with Photos

Scotts Contracting is available to assist you in Lowering your Buildings Energy Needs, Questions, Comments, etc- Click here to email: scottscontracting@gmail.com

NOTE: For Every $1-Dollar Spent on Weatherization will Return $2 Savings on Energy Bills

Scotts Contracting Guarantees that with proper insulation levels and

stopping the Cold Air Drafts in your Building you will save money on your Heating Bills.Scotty

Energy Efficiency Home Statistics

If you are considering building a ‘New Energy Efficient Home’ in Missouri Check out these Energy statistics- Energy Cost Saving Analysis that I guarantee will please your Bank Account with the Money You will Save on Utility Bills.

A New Home Built using the International Energy Conservation Code- IECC. provides a cost effective payback on Energy Efficiency, with the average pay back time of 3 ½ years (3.5) Not bad for an initial investment of $818.72. The Missouri Pay Back is even faster! BCAP used a baseline for energy efficiency consisting of:

  1. Efficient Lighting and Windows,
  2. a Higher Grade of Insulation and
  3. HVAC Duct Sealing and Testing

The Missouri Statistics are:

  • $875.28 Initial Investment Returns
  • $459.00 per year with a
  • Payback under 2 years (1.91 years)
  • $459 x 20 years = $9,180.00
x 25 years = $11,475.00 
x 30 years = $13,770.00 
  • These Figures are based on: $267,451 for a 2,400-square foot home and a 4.14 percent mortgage interest rate
For the Future St Louis Area New Home Builders I have additional cost Saving Measures that will give you additional areas to save money without sacrificing your Comfort Levels.
Email:scottscontracting@gmail.com to find out how.
  • With Savings like this consider adding a Renewable Energy System designed especially for your Future Property and you could possibly eliminate all the Utility Bills for your Home by Generating your Own Clean Energy!
  • Note: When a Home or Business is operating efficiently- Renewable Energy Systems costs are decreased! Making a RE System much more affordable.

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Note: The Statistics used in this post were provided by: 1-http://bcap-ocean.org/incremental-cost-analysis and 2-http://www.altenergymag.com/news/2010/11/18/new-homes-can-be-energy-efficient-and-affordable-reveals-study-by-building-codes-assistance-project/18310

Oil: The Clock Is Ticking

On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 7:53 AM, Scott’s Contracting <scottscontracting> wrote:

  • ‘…131 years for replacement of gasoline and diesel, given the current pace of research and development; however, world’s oil could run dry almost a century before that …’

  • Math: 2010 + 131 = Year 2141 – 100 (century) = Year 2041


2041 – 2010 = 31 Years.

  • Where do you see your energy coming from in the Future?
  • Leave comments below in comment section.
  • All comments that are Energy Related and in English will be published. Scotty

It seems the panic time for both green enthusiasts and peak oil pundits.

According to a new paper by two researchers at the University of California – Davis, it would take 131 years for replacement of gasoline and diesel, given the current pace of research and development; however, world’s oil could run dry almost a century before that.

The research was published on Nov. 8 at Environmental Science & Technology, which is based on the theory that market expectations are good predictors reflected in prices of publicly traded securities.

By incorporating market expectations into the model, the authors, Nataliya Malyshkina and Deb Niemeier, indicated that based on their calculation, the peak of oil production could occur between 2010 and 2030, before renewable replacement technologies become viable at around 2140.

The estimates not only delayed the alternative energy timeline, but also pushed up the peak oil deadline. The researchers suggest some previous estimates that pegged year 2040 as the time frame when alternatives would start to replace oil, could be “overly optimistic”.

Article continues: entire article: http://seekingalpha.com/article/236635-oil-the-clock-is-ticking

| by: Dian L. Chu November 14, 2010 |

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Green Roofs for Homes

Scotts Contracting is available for the building of your Green Roof. Scotty is available to supply a Free Green Estimate for your Roofing Projects- large or small. With more than 50 different Green Roofing options available at my preferred Roofing Supplier, RSG- Roofing Supply Group, in St Louis. I can build a Green Roof on most every budget.

Green House

Green is a great in commercial roofing, but what about for residential roofing?

Brett Hall/Joe Hall Roofing

Source: REPLACEMENT CONTRACTOR Magazine
Publication date: May 12, 2010

By Jim Cory

Ask a roofer what a green roof on a commercial building is and he probably has a clear idea of the options. It could be a vegetation roof installed on top of a water-proofing system or a roofing system designed to save on the cost of heating and cooling the building. Or it could be both. Many such systems exist because there’s a market for them. Commercial building owners budget to replace their roofs on a regular basis, and reducing energy consumption, as well as prolonging the life of the roof and thus of the building, is always a goal.

Residential Green

But for residential steep-slope roofs, where exactly does green fit in? Obviously no one is going to plant a garden on a gable roof, since it would all slide off in the first hard rain. So is the concept of green roofing restricted to commercial roofing applications?

In Naples, Fla., roofer Ken Kelly, president of Kelly Roofing, doesn’t think so. He is convinced that green is the way to go with residential roofing customers, so much so that he puts green roofing front and center on the company website. “Commercial customers are the ones with the deep pockets,” he says. “They can afford the $500,000 photovoltaic system or the 5,000-square-foot roof garden. But green is as big an issue in residential as it is in commercial roofing. Homeowners are asking more questions about green than our commercial customers.” Driven by changes in the Florida building code and a desire to save on air conditioning bills, Kelly Roofing customers are amenable to suggestions that green products such as solar-powered attic fans be included in their re-roofing jobs.

Interest, Awareness Vary by Market

For those working on residential roofs, green means a new roof installed with attention paid to emissivity – the degree to which the roof reflects heat and sunlight away from the building – reduced energy consumption, and the recycling of tear-off materials. Different products, different practices. Once incorporated into a company’s procedures, customers are often open to these. But cost remains an issue, and not all homeowners are open to green roofing or green roofing products.

Roofers who attend trade shows and read trade magazines may know about green roofing products, but homeowners generally know little. “It hasn’t taken off like it has in commercial,” says Chris Kamis, owner of Absolute Roofing & Construction, in Parma, Ohio, which divides its business about evenly between commercial and residential jobs. Other companies find similar.

“The customer never brings it up,” notes Brett Hall, president of Joe Hall Roofing, a Pantego, Texas, company that also does both commercial and residential roofs. Hall says that it’s up to him to introduce homeowners to the subject of cooling the roof with enhanced ventilation and different shingle colors. And if people are getting a new roof because they’re planning to move, as is often the case, “it’s not that popular a subject. Why invest in something when they can never recoup the cost?”

Demonstrate by Example

Customers may not know that much about the subject, but Absolute Roofing is no stranger to green. Five years ago the company installed the roofing, siding, and gutters at Eco-Village, a 20-townhouse pilot project sponsored by the city of Cleveland and partly funded with federal money. In that case, the cost of using green products was a factor in landing the company the job, but not the only factor.

What was more important were LEED points earned by the builder/designer. And a year ago Absolute Roofing won the business of a Cleveland-area homeowner who required the bidders to show that they would recycle roofing tear-off. Absolute Roofing & Construction did so and won the job. But projects like these are rare. In many residential jobs, which make up 50% of the company’s business, green for Absolute Roofing means installing shingles that absorb heat and are eligible for tax credits under the 2009-2010 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Kamis notes that one popular request in the green building line is rain barrels, which capture rainwater run-off and store it for reuse. Solar would be on the agenda, if the price put it within the average homeowner’s reach. “Some people are a lot more sensitive about it than others,” says Rod Menzel, co-owner of GreatWay Roofing, in Moorpark, Calif. “Some have the money to be environmentally friendly and green, and others don’t.”

Kelly Roofing found that the suggestion of switching from a shingle to a metal or tile roof in a re-roofing job — the metal product the company installs qualifies for tax credits — met with great receptivity from homeowners once the cost of installing a roof with any of those materials became relatively similar. Because green is all over Kelly Roofing’s website, “our customers are expecting us to mention green in our presentation and to follow that up with some sort of green product,” Kelly says. The company, which does business in a market where failure to recycle shingle tear-off results in a $500 fine, has “Follow Me To The Recycling Center” painted on the back of all its trucks.

Green in Increments

Other green products popular with roofing and home improvement contractors include radiant heat barriers, which reduce heat transfer through the attic by as much as 95%. Menzel says that there are a number of roofing systems his company uses to reduce heating and cooling costs in commercial products ? far fewer in residential. “We use the Solaris shingle by CertainTeed,” he says — an Energy Star-qualified product that meets both emissivity and reflectivity standards. GreatWay Roofing has also seen strong demand for those same solar-powered attic fans, a hot product at this year’s International Roofing Expo in New Orleans. But when it comes to big-ticket green items — say renewable energy projects such as solar systems to power the house — most residential roofers hang back. “There are some awesome ideas out there,” Kamis says. “But there’s not enough interest to make them practical and affordable in the market.”Other home improvement companies are looking at eco-friendly roofing products that can be installed without committing to the cost of a totally green roof. Matt Weiner, general manager of Moonworks, in Rhode Island, says that his company is looking at products such as reflective shingles, although “in the Northeast it doesn’t make that much difference.” What does intrigue him, he says, are photovoltaic cells that can be integrated into an asphalt shingle roof. “It’s a way to bring a greener product to the marketplace and differentiate us,” he says. And in the end, a means to greater profitability and a higher close rate.

Not For the Faint of Heart

Hall brings up the subject of green roofing to let prospects know what kind of upgrade options are available when buying a new roof. “When we’re talking about green, we’re talking about ways to conserve energy in your home that relate to roofing,” he says. It’s as simple as that. And in Texas, where shingle recycling facilities are few, if they exist at all, the major opportunity for green roofing is in increasing emissivity and energy loss, which is chiefly caused by the roof baking away while air conditioning bills go up, up, up. “In Texas, green is emissivity. That’s where they start having some return on investment,” Hall says.

To prove the point, the president of Joe Hall Roofing decided to design the new home he is moving into this August with the greenest possible roof. That roof material is standing seam metal painted with a cool pigment. Underneath it is ice-and-water shield covering all the decking. Key to keeping the roof much cooler is the 1-inch pocket of air between that OSB decking and the 1-inch polyiso insulation panel. The roof system is fully vented, with removable soffit vents, for cleaning. The next step: a photovoltaic array on the roof.

Besides radically reducing what would typically be a $1,000 a month air conditioning bill during the summer, Hall will use the house to show prospects what green roofing looks like, what it feels like, and how well it works.

—Jim Cory, editor, REPLACEMENT CONTRACTOR.

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Reducing Energy Needs by Stopping Air Filtration

Stopping Air Filtration

by Scotty Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy

This Green Build Blog Post 2 additional areas Bad Air can enter your home and how to stop the air.

In all the research I do on Energy Efficiency for Homes. There is one theme that presents itself in all the areas of Improving a Buildings Efficiency. Stopping Air Filtration. To make this simple and easy to understand I’m going to use Good Air and Bad Air.

Good Air is: the air that is created by whatever heating and cooling source you utilize.

Bad Air is: Un-Wanted Air that enters your Home from Exterior Sources

This Green Build Blog Post will center around exterior walls of your Existing Home and the various spots that air Enters your Home. In the Aticle: $1 Dollar Spent Earns $2 Dollars I mentioned sealing around the “obtrusions”.
I’m now going to point out 2 additional areas Bad Air can enter your home and how to stop the air.

  • Inside the Basement or Crawl Space is the Box Sill of your Home. Seal the Area against Bad air by caulking the Cracks and Joints where all the boards join together and the point where the Wall attaches to the Foundation-(Sill Plate, Box Sill, Floor Joists

  • Electrical Outlets- Easy fix install Outlet Plate Receptacle Insulating Sealer

My goal as a Green Builder is to lower the energy needed in the Homes and Business’s I service. I do this by taking a whole house approach to a Home’s Energy Needs by retrofitting homes and business for future Energy Efficiency. Whether you choose to DIY or Hire outside Assistance-Build Green-Scotty

Scotts Contracting offers Free Green Site Inspections