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Found this on Motley Fool - guess I shouldn't be surprised by now at the garbage that passes for interest-story journalism these days.

America's energy boom has unlocked abundant sources of inexpensive natural gas. That's just one of the many reasons why homeowners should look to invite more natural gas into their homes this year. So, the next time an appliance dies or the furnace needs to be replaced consider exchanging it for one that's fueled by natural gas.
So here's ten reasons why maybe natural gas isn't the best choice...

1) Gas keeps your home warm.  Especially when there's a natural gas explosion.  Plus it takes out the entire house - none of this tedious digging through the wreckage for your belongings.

2) Lint trapped in your dryer vent becomes a wonderful way to ignite your freshly dried, clean clothing.

3) Natural gas is abundant and cheap, so that's an excellent reason to burn it all away. We've got plenty to burn! Until we don't. Take advantage of cheap natural gas and convert all your appliances to gas, which will be great when we actually run out of gas, and you have to buy all new electric appliances.

4) If you feel like scalding your skin with incredibly hot water, you're in luck! Natural gas has that covered.

5) It's a fossil fuel, but the cleanest-burning fossil fuel. That's like saying it's a nude bar, but it's a 'classy' nude bar.

6) It's American-made! Help support America's own Chesapeake, which has specialized in fracking and drilling processes that create groundwater contamination and small earthquakes. Even if you never signed a piece of paper, there's still a fracking operation on your corner extracting valuable natural gas from a fault and replacing it with non-potable salt water mixed with surfactants and other nastiness. So if you want to feel patriotic, go and light your tapwater on fire.

7) Great for grilling! Who wants to burn nasty old mesquite or pecan wood when you could cook your food with dinosaur farts?

8) And it's great for cooking too - you'll never burn your hand, because there's obviously a giant blue ring of flame right there. You'd be a fool (a Motley Fool, perhaps?) to stick your hand in there.

9) So invest in natural gas today, because there's nothing like sinking your money into a finite energy source that supports big business. Motley Fool can guide you toward three energy companies that will help you burn your money. Don't bother investing in sustainable sources of power like solar and wind, because we'll just run out of that - and we've got to have wind to power our windbags.

10) Celebrate America's energy BOOM and use natural gas today! This is an explosive new market that you should take advantage of while the deal is hot... if you know what I mean.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    I see you drivin' 'round town with the girl I love / And I'm like / Please proceed, Governor. - Dave Itzkoff

    by Jensequitur on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 11:54:00 AM PST

  •  These were all pretty "good" reasons but my (2+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, rebel ga

    personal favorite was the "classy nude bar" line. That's damn near sig material.

    Spite is the ranch dressing Republicans slather on their salad of racism

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 11:57:12 AM PST

  •  And it's a cure for insomnia (5+ / 0-)

    I saw a sit-com once where a man is visiting his friends, who use natural gas.  The friend smells something, and comments on it:

    Host:  Oh, we have a gas leak.

    Friend:  How can you go to sleep at night knowing you have a gas leak?

    Host:  Going to sleep is easy.  It’s waking up that’s difficult.

  •  hmm.. (13+ / 0-)

    Whats the alternative?  Electricity that is generated by burning gas or coal... or nuclear?

    I cook a lot and I wouldn't want to cook on anything but gas.  Electric burners suck.  They are great for high-heat things like boiling water or whatnot but dishes where you need to control the heat through multiple steps of preparation are a pain to do on anything electric.

    And are homes exploding from professionally installed gas lines a problem?  I mean I know you hear about it every now and then somewhere but is this a real day-to-day threat?

    I  mean, sure... I'd love to see everyone convert to solar or wind or something but thats not something everyone has access to at the moment.  I'd much rather see them burn gas then coal or oil.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 12:15:31 PM PST

    •  I'm in the process of having solar panels put on (7+ / 0-)

      my house as I type.  However, I very much agree that I'd rather cook with gas than my electric stove.  However, when we replaced the stove, I was faced with the reality that running a gas line to my kitchen was going to be a thousand dollars (and perhaps more to do things right), plus the stove I wanted was more expensive than the electric stove we got.  So I gave up on cooking with gas.  We instead have replaced the wood fireplace with a gas insert and now use that for most of the house heating.

      Just wanted to give a thumbs-up to cooking with gas.

      •  Running a gas line into my kitchen (1+ / 0-)
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        (I really want a gas range) would cost 90,000 bucks- not counting the interior connections.
        Obviously I'm stuck with electric. I'm thinking about induction burners but don't know anyone who has them.
        Opinions welcome.

    •  This diary is an example of the classic (10+ / 0-)

      A = B, therefore A = C.

      Fracking is bad.....therefore Natural Gas is Bad.

      The kind of thing that paves lost roads.

      Notice: This Comment © 2013 ROGNM UID 2547

      by ROGNM on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 12:24:00 PM PST

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      •  What I was objecting to (1+ / 0-)
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        OrdinaryIowan

        was the implication that we should throw everything into natural gas, because it's cheap and plentiful.

        I see you drivin' 'round town with the girl I love / And I'm like / Please proceed, Governor. - Dave Itzkoff

        by Jensequitur on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 03:13:00 PM PST

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        •  I agree. (0+ / 0-)

          Natural gas is a very clean fuel, given, but I also wouldn't want to go all in that it will be available forever at affordable prices. Electricity can be made from burning NG, or propane, or fuel oil, or coal, or biomass - or from wind, or tidal, or geothermal, or nuclear, or hydro. Both have a carbon footprint, and some challenges with movement over distance, but my humble opinion is that electric will likely still be a player when the NG is gone.

          Your black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

          by OrdinaryIowan on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 03:26:03 PM PST

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    •  There's Already Renewable Energy on the Grid (1+ / 0-)
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      and in some places customers can specify that their share of the electricity be accounted for by the renewable energy a provider is buying.

      What we need however is a calculation on the carbon equivalence between a gas appliance and an electric one.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 12:24:03 PM PST

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    •  I may not like fracking, but gas is a good choice (1+ / 0-)
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      akeitz

      I might be able to get electricity that the company says is totally from renewables but a lot of people probably can't. A fully gas house--gas stove and oven, gas water heater, and gas furnace or boiler--is probably going to be cleaner, more efficient, and cheaper than either an electric alternative or what might be currently used. For instance, there's still houses burning coal and plenty use fuel oil or kerosene to heat a hot water heating system.

      I'd rather everyone convert to natural gas than keep burning fuel oil while trying to get enough renewable capacity online.

    •  For the record, I actually have a gas heater (1+ / 0-)
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      and stove! I cook on natural gas, mostly because I can't tell if the electric burner is on or not. And because I like fire.

      But natural gas is still a flammable gas. Our neighbors passed away, and their home was poorly maintained. Somebody bought it last week, and they had to come over and borrow a wrench because of a gas leak. Pretty scary!

      I see you drivin' 'round town with the girl I love / And I'm like / Please proceed, Governor. - Dave Itzkoff

      by Jensequitur on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 03:12:05 PM PST

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  •  Arizona Public Service, the major Arizona (2+ / 0-)
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    bobsc, 6412093

    utility's got your back; from the 1980's forward they were extremely successful in getting much of central Arizona out of the natural gas market and into their Clutches.

    Really. Natural gas is not the monster that you project.

    You really are missing something.

    Are you selling Coal of Nuclear?

    Notice: This Comment © 2013 ROGNM UID 2547

    by ROGNM on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 12:19:52 PM PST

  •  Honey usually complains about my natural gas (4+ / 0-)

    I tell her I can't do anything about it, but i don't think she believes me. I am convinced that it increases bad things will happen.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 12:24:42 PM PST

  •  Gas is better than oil (4+ / 0-)
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  •  Umm... (7+ / 0-)
    If you feel like scalding your skin with incredibly hot water, you're in luck! Natural gas has that covered.
    Is there some property of natural gas that changes the vaporization temp of water in it's vicinity?

    How many homes explode due to natural gas leaks every year?

    How many burn in fires started by wood stoves?

    I can understand being anti-fracking, but carrying that over to being anti-NG is kinda, well, throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

    •  That explotion in Indianpolis was sabotage BTW (0+ / 0-)

      If folks have in mind that "gas is dangerous"  because a gas heated home in Indianapolis exploded and took out a few entire blocks of homes, note that this was due to sabotage on the homeowner's part in an insurance fraud scheme.

      It's not for nothing that I had to get a county permit and an inspection when I bought a gas dryer 2 years ago.

      I have gas stove, furnace hot water and dryer.  Professionally installed an maintained they are quite safe.

    •  You can scald (1+ / 0-)
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      Your skin just as well with electric heat:

      http://www.burnfoundation.org/...

      "When tap water reaches 140º F, it can cause a third degree (full thickness) burn in just five seconds."

  •  I truly wish I could have Natural Gas (1+ / 0-)
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    highacidity

    I heat with #2 fuel oil (diesel without the road use taxes) and it costs $3.60 per gallon for about 134,000 BTUs.   Natural Gas is about a dollar per therm (100,000 BTUs) Even electric resistance heating is cheaper.  Natural Gas heat would cut my annual heating bill to one third of what #2 oil costs, and cut my carbon footprint in half.  But my local utility wants $11,110 to install a gas main the remaining 395 feet to my house.  They want me to pay the entire cost up front and they would install the plastic pipe and set the meter at my house.   I would have to get a plumbing contractor to install a gas burner in my furnace, but they all want to replace the entire heating plant, not just change burners.  Once I agree to pay for their main, the local utility will own it and get a return on my investment in their infrastructure.   What to do?  This winter, I'm heating with wood, having had a large Red Oak taken down.  But next year may be different.

  •  But..but.. (1+ / 0-)
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    4) If you feel like scalding your skin with incredibly hot water, you're in luck! Natural gas has that covered..
    How does what powers your hot water heater have to do with the price of tea in China?  The heat of your water depends on your thermostat setting.  How quickly water gets up to that temperature?  Oh, it gets there quickly with sweet, sweet, natural gas.
    8) And it's great for cooking too - you'll never burn your hand, because there's obviously a giant blue ring of flame right there. You'd be a fool (a Motley Fool, perhaps?) to stick your hand in there.
    I don't get this either.  As opposed to my parent's electric flattop which as ZERO indication of if the element is hot or not?  As opposed to old coil-heaters that may or may not be red, depending on how high you've turned it?  As opposed to WHAT, exactly?  Gas is so much better than electric for cooking, I can't imagine going back to a non-gas range.  Exacting heat control on both range and oven make it the go-to for any serious cook.  
    5) It's a fossil fuel, but the cleanest-burning fossil fuel. That's like saying it's a nude bar, but it's a 'classy' nude bar.

    7) Great for grilling! Who wants to burn nasty old mesquite or pecan wood when you could cook your food with dinosaur farts?

    Sooo..you first complain that it's not "clean", but then say we shouldn't want to grill with it because we can polute a lot more by burning woods and charcoles on a grill...much less waste there, oh yeah.  Oh wait.  Besides, modern gas grills allow you to add mesquite or other woods for flavoring into the flame.  Not a perfect match, but once you factor in convenience, it's not going away.

    Look, argue environmental issues if you must (and everyone here is fairly opposed to fracking), but the arguments you make above are what make gas so amazing to use for heating and cooling -- it is fast, and efficient, and easy to control with minimum fuss, and not much pollution.

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 04:07:48 PM PST

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