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    Will the government start phasing out heating oil?

    I'm hearing people talk that it is time to quit using heating oil to heat our homes. That oil should only be used for transportation. That we should use electricity or anything other than oil to heat our homes. Anyone think this could happen? I really don't see it happening in my lifetime.
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    Going to get a price on a COAL heater (coal is plentiful).
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench tech View Post
    I'm hearing people talk that it is time to quit using heating oil to heat our homes. That oil should only be used for transportation. That we should use electricity or anything other than oil to heat our homes. Anyone think this could happen? I really don't see it happening in my lifetime.



    I guess you were flipping through the channels and passed by CNBC. That issue is all over that channel today…

    I do not know if this is the right forum for this post…but heck…

    Needless to say, the market will phase out oil to heat the home…. It is unlikely the government will do it.

    As oil prices go higher other technologies become move competitive. I live in NY and 20 years ago putting in a heat pump was not on the agenda, now it is slowly becoming common place.

    If the government is going to ban heating oil then it will have to interject billions to change out infrastructure. If they leave well enough alone these things will happen on their own.

    I hope oil goes even higher. It is the only way the good olde’ US of A will break the chains of the Mid East.

    The quicker the price is run up the quicker the market place will make the changes to use less and less.

    The odds the government phases out heating oil are slim to none.

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    I do not know if this is the right forum for this post…but heck…
    Do you know of a better place to ask the question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrongo View Post
    I hope oil goes even higher. It is the only way the good olde’ US of A will break the chains of the Mid East.

    The quicker the price is run up the quicker the market place will make the changes to use less and less.
    Agree 100%. Not just the chains of the Mid East, but of Venezuela and our other foreign "friends".

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench tech View Post
    Do you know of a better place to ask the question?
    "General Discussion" Forum or "ARP" Forum. ARP = America, Religion, and Politics. Both Forums are on this site.

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    Wink oil heat

    Residential oil heat is almost a thing of the past around the Detroit area, their are a few left but mainly natural gas or propane.Matt Berman

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary_g View Post
    "General Discussion" Forum or "ARP" Forum. ARP = America, Religion, and Politics. Both Forums are on this site.
    Yes, my thoughts as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrongo View Post
    Yes, my thoughts as well...
    No big deal. The Mods will move it if they feel it is necessary.

    Take care.

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    Oi will price its self out of the market as a common heating fuel. The same a coal did in the 60's and early 70's.

    Thats not as good as some may thing.
    Thats means demand for natural gas will go up. Natural gas is used to generate electricty.
    So both natural gas, and electric rates will go up.
    Some states don't have enough power generation. This could cause brown outs.

    I won't tell you my opinion on it yet.

    But, there is already interest in building new nuclear power plants. Who's volunteering their back yard for one.
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    There are plenty of homes in NY that are heated with oil.

    Anyone know what the national figure is for % homes heated with fuel oil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneezer View Post
    There are plenty of homes in NY that are heated with oil.

    Anyone know what the national figure is for % homes heated with fuel oil?


    Little dated but should give you a good feel:

    http://www.census.gov/apsd/cqc/cqc27.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneezer View Post
    There are plenty of homes in NY that are heated with oil.

    Anyone know what the national figure is for % homes heated with fuel oil?
    LINK Dept. of Energy

    Of the 107 million households in the United States, approximately 8.1 million use heating oil as their main heating fuel.

    Residential space heating is the primary use for heating oil, making the demand highly seasonal. Most of the heating oil use occurs during October through March. The area of the country most reliant on heating oil is the Northeast.

    So, 8.1 / 107 = 7.57%

    78% of the homes are in the Northeast.

    Spot Heating Oil Prices LINK
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