There has been a fair amount of press on the shortage of propane in the state as temperatures continue to seek the bottom of the thermometer. Steve Carlson touched on it briefly here on Blogging Blue.
But today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discussed Governor Walker’s about face on providing financial assistance in securing sufficient propane to heat homes here in Wisconsin and how WEDC will help suppliers with financial support to deal with rising prices. And they deftly breezed over a few of the issues that are causing the shortage of the heating fuel and the record prices per gallon in one succinct paragraph (emphasis mine):
The shortage, attributed to a colder-than-normal winter, the shutdown of a key supply pipeline earlier in the season, strong exports of the fuel and heavy use of propane by farmers to dry grain last fall have sent prices for many customers well above $5 a gallon.
Strong exports of the fuel? We are fighting tooth and nail and putting our natural resources at risk to become energy independent and we are exporting the very thing we need? Well apparently there’s better money in exporting propane than protecting the lives and well being of Americans and particularly Wisconsinites in this case. I don’t know…shouldn’t energy independence actually be an issue of national security? Somebody should be rung up for treason…that sarcasm.
side note: wind energy and solar energy are taboo because…well…you can’t export them!