The unreported propane shortage

by John Ruberry | January 19th, 2014

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The unreported propane shortage

[cap­tion id=“attachment_52348” align=“alignright” width=“180”]Northeastern Iowa North­east­ern Iowa[/caption]

By John Ruberry

Have you heard about the propane short­age? Prob­a­bly not. Although, despite my head­line, it has been reported, albeit by local fly­over coun­try media.

Sto­ries such as this one offers more evi­dence on why we need new media.

Liq­uid propane (LP) is a com­monly used fuel for home heat­ing in rural areas, where nat­ural gas lines don’t often reach. And a colder-​than-​usual win­ter has of course increased demand for propane.

There’s 22 states right now that are hav­ing LP prob­lems,” a propane dealer told Minnesota’s KAAL-​TV. “That’s just about half the coun­try hav­ing prob­lems get­ting LP.” That dealer told the TV sta­tion that two weeks ago his cus­tomers could fill up a propane tank for $644, but now it costs $976.

The short­age is par­tic­u­larly severe in the Upper Midwest.

A late and wet har­vest–farm­ers use propane to dry crops – and the clos­ing for main­te­nance of a Wis­con­sin propane facil­ity has con­tributed to the shortage.

Yes­ter­day Ohio Gov­er­nor John Kasich issued an emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion to speed up deliv­ery of propane; in Michi­gan, two weeks ago Gov­er­nor Rick Sny­der declared an energy emer­gency that also cov­ers heat­ing oil. Way back in Octo­ber, Gov­er­nor Scott Walker made a sim­i­lar move regard­ing propane.

Mak­ing mat­ters worse, sub-​zero tem­per­a­tures are return­ing to the Upper Mid­west this week.

So why are national media reporters ignor­ing the propane short­age? Does cov­er­ing cold weather issues dis­rupt their agenda to advance their belief in global warm­ing? Is the rural Mid­west not wor­thy of their atten­tion, unless there is a flood, a tor­nado, or a mass murder?

Update: This is a his­toric Insta­lanche for two reasons:

#1 It’s the first ever Insta­lanche for one of my Mag­nif­i­cent Seven writ­ing at my blog. If you want to see more of John’s posts on this blog they are here and it goes with­out say­ing you should check out his own blog Marathon Pun­dit.

#2 It you remem­ber this post. You know this brings me even with Chucky. I’m sure Diary of Daedalus will get a charge out of it.

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This post and the one before it all about a real­ity that’s ignored and right now real­ity is pretty ugly around here.

We have not made a full pay­check since the begin­ning of 2014. We are actu­ally at a point where even if we make a full pay­check this week and next week I still won’t have the money cover January’s mort­gage payment.

That’s real­ity and no amount of pre­tend­ing oth­er­wise changes it.

But It is also real­ity that if we can make pay­roll early enough this week we just might be able to make a dent in the monthly goal and close that gap.

It can’t be done with­out you. 14 of you to be exact kick­ing in $25.

If you think this site is worth it, I’d appre­ci­ate it if you were one of them.

Remem­ber if we can get those 58 14 sub­scribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week. Help make sure this blog can fight with­out fear all year long.




Northeastern Iowa

Northeastern Iowa

By John Ruberry

Have you heard about the propane shortage? Probably not. Although, despite my headline, it has been reported, albeit by local flyover country media.

Stories such as this one offers more evidence on why we need new media.

Liquid propane (LP) is a commonly used fuel for home heating in rural areas, where natural gas lines don’t often reach. And a colder-than-usual winter has of course increased demand for propane.

“There’s 22 states right now that are having LP problems,” a propane dealer told Minnesota’s KAAL-TV. “That’s just about half the country having problems getting LP.” That dealer told the TV station that two weeks ago his customers could fill up a propane tank for $644, but now it costs $976.

The shortage is particularly severe in the Upper Midwest.

A late and wet harvest–farmers use propane to dry crops–and the closing for maintenance of a Wisconsin propane facility has contributed to the shortage.

Yesterday Ohio Governor John Kasich issued an emergency declaration to speed up delivery of propane; in Michigan, two weeks ago Governor Rick Snyder declared an energy emergency that also covers heating oil. Way back in October, Governor Scott Walker made a similar move regarding propane.

Making matters worse, sub-zero temperatures are returning to the Upper Midwest this week.

So why are national media reporters ignoring the propane shortage? Does covering cold weather issues disrupt their agenda to advance their belief in global warming? Is the rural Midwest not worthy of their attention, unless there is a flood, a tornado, or a mass murder?

Update: This is a historic Instalanche for two reasons:

#1 It’s the first ever Instalanche for one of my Magnificent Seven writing at my blog. If you want to see more of John’s posts on this blog they are here and it goes without saying you should check out his own blog Marathon Pundit.

#2 It you remember this post. You know this brings me even with Chucky. I’m sure Diary of Daedalus will get a charge out of it.

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This post and the one before it all about a reality that’s ignored and right now reality is pretty ugly around here.

We have not made a full paycheck since the beginning of 2014. We are actually at a point where even if we make a full paycheck this week and next week I still won’t have the money cover January’s mortgage payment.

That’s reality and no amount of pretending otherwise changes it.

But It is also reality that if we can make payroll early enough this week we just might be able to make a dent in the monthly goal and close that gap.

It can’t be done without you. 14 of you to be exact kicking in $25.

If you think this site is worth it, I’d appreciate it if you were one of them.

Remember if we can get those 58 1/4 subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week. Help make sure this blog can fight without fear all year long.




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