Energy Regulations

The increasing global population places high demands on our sources of energy: electricity, oil, natural gas, and hydropower. Throughout recent history, governments have had to intervene to ensure the continued availability of these needed resources for human survival and well-being. Find out some more at www.electricitycompaniestexas.com/. Interestingly, government regulations, on these sources of energy, affect our everyday lives. Federal, state, and local governments all play a role in regulating energy. This article will touch on electricity and gas.

Electricity

One of the most regulated forms of energy is Electricity. On the macro level, government regulates prices to protect and guard consumers against unfair pricing or price fixing from energy suppliers. To protect public safety and welfare, Electricity supplier’s safety programs are regulated by the state governments.
Manufacturers that produce small and large appliances must manufacture products that meet certain energy consumption (BTU) regulations, which results in a reduction in the overall “pull” on electricity power-grids. On the consumer level, (the micro-level) probably the most recent, seemingly small, regulation that affects us is the switch to fluorescent light bulbs. It is becoming more difficult to find a traditional 40, 60, or 75 watt light bulb, as suppliers and retailers are required to produce and sell the new energy efficient bulbs.

Gas

Our automobiles are another source of many government regulations. From auto manufacturers having to reduce environmentally harmful exhaust emissions, to buying gas at the pump. Regulations are everywhere. The Department of Transportation continues to regulate the safety programs for natural gas pipelines once gas starts flowing. Auto manufacturers have been under the watchful eye of environmental protection groups as well as the federal government in order to increase accountability for exhaust emissions that are harmful to the environment. Thus, regulations are in place to ensure the manufacture of automobiles that emit fewer harmful emissions. Regulations protect the consumer by implementing a standard of weights and measures at the gas pump; thus, assuring the consumer that they receive the number of gallons of gasoline that are paid for. And the supplier is protected by regulations and laws, bringing this source of energy full-circle, stating that they will be compensated for the gallons of gasoline that is purchased.

This article is a broad generalization of how government regulates a couple of our energy sources. The public places a large degree of blind faith in these regulations – especially at the gas pump. How many people actually know how much a gallon of gas weighs or even attempts to verify that “X” gallons pumped? WE pump and WE pay – no questions asked. We turn our light switches on and Expect light. The truth is, we Expect and we Trust government regulations. They serve our “I want it now” society.

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Why Marine Life Must Be Protected

Although there are vast stretches of the oceans that remain unexplored, a recent survey discovered that over 200,000 different species live in the sea. A group of international scientists believe as many as 1 million different plants, animals and other creatures may live in oceans. However, only 226,000 have been formally cataloged. With the sophisticated genetic testing and electronic instruments now available, new species are discovered annually.

Marine creatures are an important source of food for humans. Approximately one-half the world’s population relies on aquatic creatures for sustenance. Some researchers believe 7 billion people may be dependent on [...]

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How Restoring Ecosystems Can Save Money

One of the ways countries and communities have been able to make restoring ecosystems profitable is through ecotourism. Travelers are coming to restored areas and spending more money than what it costs to maintain the environment. This immediate profit has even caused many people who would otherwise not care about restoring ecosystems to take an active role in conservation.

Restoring ecosystems helps to save money by preventing costly damage to the manmade infrastructure in surrounding locations. Natural habitats are responsible for a number of [...]

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How Nature Works to Maintain Clean Air

Have you ever inhaled, breathed deeply, and appreciated the clean air that miraculously fills your lungs? We so often take for granted the average 23,000 breaths we take each day. Even more so, we overlook the process of how this air stays clean and works to keep our bodies healthy and energized. Nature works tirelessly to keep the environment clean and has a pivotal role in maintaining the clean air we breath.

Trees and plants naturally absorb pollutants such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide. These gases are toxic [...]

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Ways to Restore and Maintain Nature’s Ecosystems

There’s no doubt that human beings have altered the planet. We’ve built cities, lakes, canals, and bridges. We’ve introduced species of plants and animals to environments they did not evolve in. We’ve created coastlines only to see them wash away.

One of the drawbacks of all that change is the loss of natural habitats for wild animals. The few remaining habitats around some populated areas are at risk for pollution from the nearby cities and towns. Plastic bottles, cigarette butts, and other debris find their [...]

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How We Can Protect Ecosystems From Harm

Protecting The Environment One Step At A Time
There are a number of ways to improve the ecosystem on a global level. First, we can protect the oceans by not polluting them. However, who does most of the polluting? Is it ordinary citizens or small businesses? In fact, the major contributors to polluting the forests, natural landscapes, oceans and air are major corporations. In addition, the way ordinary people contribute to global warming is through driving cars. In this light, the problem comes down to the corporate lobbies in congress as well as how [...]

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