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Natural gas exports could backfire for US

Futurity -- Investing in natural gas export facilities “is a bet against what US firms excel in—developing and commercializing new technologies and products,” says economist Frank Wolak.

With the advent of the “shale gas revolution,” the United States has undergone a full-scale natural gas boom. Driven by fracking and horizontal drilling, the United States will likely overtake Russia as the world’s largest producer of natural gas by 2015, according to the International Energy Agency.

Now, as estimates of available reserves continue to go up and prices drop to less than $3 per million BTU, talk is turning to exporting natural gas—potentially a serious moneymaker, with countries like Singapore facing prices around $16 per million BTU.

Wolak understands the urge to export.

“But, there’s a significant


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six_ball_man
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 10:03:02 PM

I say we export it....AFTER we nationalize this valuable resource and use the proceeds to pay down the debt.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 12:17:05 AM

dave: there will always be enough for export - the question is, how much does the US re-import in return (at higher prices)?
dave27johnson
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 12:06:19 AM

There seems to be enough for export.
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 11:51:33 AM

For a few GREEDY people...... exporting this finite resource is a great idea.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 8:34:43 AM

there aren't any good R&D ppl in the US, just about all are foreign born and raised and when they get the knowledge (and the degrees) they seek they return home. We're good on educating on the graduate levels, but not in instilling values that lead American kids to seek STEM disciplines. Not to mention, the US does not put much value on those in these disciplines.
WE0H
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 2:44:46 AM

Keep the Natural Gas here. You know the crooked foreign oil companies operating in the US will sell it off anyhow to drive up their profits. We need to run these criminals out of this country.
gcalleja
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 12:22:49 AM

Money makes the world go 'round.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 12:20:12 AM

No exports.
texasvet
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 12:18:45 AM

We have plenty of gas for domestic use. No reason why we can't export some.
4warned
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 12:05:32 AM

Lets take care of our own first.
cheaper0ON
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 12:01:35 AM

Hmmm...
gilfarm
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:58:17 PM

Keep it for our use!
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:57:29 PM

I agree to keeping and using NG here
TFowler513
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:57:27 PM

Old article.
GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:57:24 PM


The article makes a good point. With foreign gas prices as high as they are, if producers can't export it from the US they will start exploring and fracking in those other countries where the prices are much higher and they can make a better profit. After all there is no reason why the machinery and technical know-how can't be exported.
WIPACKERFAN
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:57:14 PM

OK
TheHermit
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:53:46 PM

Ok what's next
Spankster85
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:52:16 PM

They probably will backfire too.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:51:40 PM

Oh.
MG_Sputnik
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:50:26 PM

We're all doomed!
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:41:18 PM

i see alot of lng and cng starting in 2014. $16 vs 3, only an idiot would not export.

interesting obama opened alaska wilderness to drilling while there is a good supply in the lower 48 right now. anyone want to guess where it will go?
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:39:58 PM

Mr. Wolak makes a more than legitimate argument. We should pay close attention to his warnings.
CCLighthouse
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:37:08 PM

Some of this fuel should go to export as a part of a balancing strategy. The major part of it should remain here.
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:33:51 PM

Use it here.
Chas58
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:26:54 PM

I agree with firefly09
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:25:45 PM

I think they were counting their chickens before their eggs hatched. It's the ole headline hype. Something that Americans thrive on
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:25:07 PM

crap article
nimpy
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:23:28 PM

This is not a good idea
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:17:57 PM

keep it
REKEY
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:16:06 PM

EXPORTS!?!?!?!?! IDIOTS!!!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:14:47 PM

oops
Trowinsamoan
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:13:58 PM

Do not export keep it all here
firefly09
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:13:29 PM

hmmmmmm.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:11:54 PM

Yaddi Yaddi Yaddi
Brucevanf
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:10:50 PM

Let's get North America totally switched from oil to Natural gas.
KhelbenArunson
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:09:46 PM

So don't do it.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:09:40 PM

That's right. Greed gets at it all.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:07:01 PM

Thx for posting
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:04:41 PM

Hmmm...
clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:02:41 PM

Good to see the US produce energy again.
FlyNFool
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:01:23 PM

Then lets finds way to use it at home!
billy44bo
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:56:26 PM

use the gas here and keep our money here and not give it to opec.
mcmonsta
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:54:54 PM

take care of us int USA first!!!
Chris46
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:52:33 PM

Rabbit, you make a good point. Ship coal instead. Keep our natural gas at home.
jcpatriots
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:50:56 PM

Not good...
abcdMA
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:46:00 PM

Ship it after we have enough for our needs
herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:44:54 PM

Ship it out! Stuff the money in a few pockets. A year later the whole country's back in the same boat,,, with no gas reserves either.
iamforiu
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:42:22 PM

hmmmm
southrob
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:41:35 PM

dhan for a better economy
EvPv
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:40:18 PM

the market will decide what works best for the moment. The best ones will keep an eye on the future as well.
Number43
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:39:28 PM

Rabbit you make a very good point.
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