Gas executives go before legislators,...

Gas executives go before legislators, explain shortages as thousands still without heat or water

There are 5 comments on the Carlsbad Current-Argus story from Feb 7, 2011, titled Gas executives go before legislators, explain shortages as thousands still without heat or water. In it, Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that:

Utility executives said Monday they had to cut natural-gas service to a dozen towns during last week's bitter cold or risk a catastrophic "crash" of the entire delivery system.

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Scott

Syracuse, NY

#1 Feb 8, 2011
"Rep. Dennis Kintigh of Roswell said those without service were not "victims of a nefarious plot." Rather, he said, the laws of physics and nature had created a problem that the company did its best to solve."

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Typical Strawman argument...

No one is calling this a "nefarious plot". They're calling it incompetence, plain and simple.
Leonard Clapp

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Feb 8, 2011
The problem is the result of 2 false assumptions. One is that the temp would not go as low as it did due to global warming and has not done so for 40 years.The second assujption is that natural gas would provide the backup for solar and wind production, but nothing was planned to back up the backup, and so when the use of natural gas exceeded capacity, for home heat, it also eliminated the production of electricity on which the natural gas system relied.
I live in Delaware, which has printed or spoken nothing of this occurrence, since it is politically incorrect to do so.
We would prefer to continue false assumptions under which
New Mexico operated until they were exposed.
GAM

Lagos, Nigeria

#3 Feb 8, 2011
Leonard Clapp wrote:
The problem is the result of 2 false assumptions. One is that the temp would not go as low as it did due to global warming and has not done so for 40 years.The second assujption is that natural gas would provide the backup for solar and wind production, but nothing was planned to back up the backup, and so when the use of natural gas exceeded capacity, for home heat, it also eliminated the production of electricity on which the natural gas system relied.
I live in Delaware, which has printed or spoken nothing of this occurrence, since it is politically incorrect to do so.
We would prefer to continue false assumptions under which
New Mexico operated until they were exposed.
obviously, the dont have outages/shortages in NY. Yeah buddy.
SamD

Alamogordo, NM

#4 Feb 8, 2011
The public would be better served if the "executives", and the legislators were out going door to door lighting folks furnaces

Since: Sep 08

Rocky Ford, CO

#5 Feb 8, 2011
The problems were not communicated to the government until past the last minute by New Mexico Gas. The government had no input on how the dwindling resources were to be allocated and was forced to go along with the gas company.

This was a qualitative decision by New Mexico Gas Company on who in the state was worth saving when times get rough. Santa Fe's system was preserved by throwing other communities out of the life boat. There appeared to be enough gas to keep ABQ and Santa Fe, two comparatively large communities, with their economic interests, functioning with the least disturbance.

I have little doubt there were communications between gas company officials and select politicians in those saved communities. Perhaps that is why official notification was saved for past the last minute by New Mexico Gas. Think politics and shared interests trumping the welfare of all citizens.

It is sad to see Republican politicians supporting the gas company. You are being used. Santa Fe is progressive Democrat. Their bacon was saved.

New Mexico Gas was aware of the problems some time before the event. Look to see who their executives are tied to politically and economically. Look also into whether and how the PRC was involved.

There is no legitimate excuse for new Mexico Gas Company NOT getting the government, officially that is, involved early on in this event.

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