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· I posted this article on linked in hoping it would encourage some fellow landmen. I too have recently been impacted by market conditions and Colorado's terrible legislation with a big change in my employment.
2020 is a year for significant change with the effects of SB 181 and fluctuating commodity prices. I am a person that loves sameness. I don't like change, but thought I would share with you an experience that has helped me realize change can be good. If you find yourself under-employed or having to move to find work, take heart and believe that something better is waiting for you. God doesn't close a door without opening a window.
Many perceive Oil and Gas Employees as being opposed to renewables. And perhaps we have been skeptical because we have comfortably relied on fossil fuels which have been proven time and time again to be reliable, affordable and available. We also want to protect our jobs which provide well for our families. But change is a given and we need to embrace change. A few years ago my husband decided to install a large ground mount solar system and install a solar/electric well pump on our farm. The system was very affordable because he has the skills to built it himself. I was not a fan because I didn't want anyone to think I was a "trader" to oil and gas and to be honest, change is scary. Why add a solar system when our energy was being provided just fine? Fast forward a few years later and the combination of running our well pump and electrical needs from solar during the day and switching to the grid when the sun isn't shining, has worked beautifully. Our electric bill is now just the monthly connection and farm light fee. I'm excited because now we can build the big dream greenhouse and heat it for low cost. So I guess I have to admit that embracing change can be a good thing, and darn it, I have to admit my husband was right.
The Quiat Companies
1873 So. Bellaire St., #900
Denver, CO 80222
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It sounds like it was a great move by your family. No need to feel like a traitor. Solar energy has wonderful applications, and the same goes for wind. My only argument is with those who think that those two sources alone can feasibly provide all or most of our energy needs.
The world went from sail to steam to diesel for a reason. We'll eventually move on from oil and gas, but only when there is an energy source available which is more power/energy dense, and more reliable, and more transportable/reliable, and cheaper. Until then, solar and wind will provide a valuable niche resource.I'd love to work a solar or wind project for the experience. Solar especially, I understand, can present some interesting challenges for its interaction with mineral rights owners.
Consider horse manure's effect on the environment and health of New Yorkers in 1900. Robert Fogel, a Nobel Prize-winning economic historian, writes:
We complain a lot about air pollution today, but there were 200,000 horses in New York City, at the beginning of the 20th century defecating everywhere. And when you walked around in New York City, you were breathing pulverized horse manure-a much worse pollutant, than the exhausts of automobiles. Indeed in the United States, the automobile was considered the solution to the horse problem because pulverized horse manure carried a lot of deadly pathogens.