1…2…Punch

January 29, 2014

The polar vortex punch

 

Keeps punching

 

 

This week we saw

 

Temperatures plunge….

 

Once again

 

 

It may have been nice….

 

The first time around

 

 

 

But by now…

 

 

People seem to be getting

 

A little groggy

 

 

It’s time to change the channel

 

 

 

As I stated last week

 

The energy market did react

 

To the plunging temperatures

 

 

Basis (transportation cost) went up 1000% in 1 day

 

 

Over the past year

 

 

Basis pricing

 

Has been at a 10 year low

 

 

The jump in pricing

 

Had many experts just shaking their heads

 

 

They were finding themselves in…

 

 

Unchartered waters

 

 

This was beyond whiplash

 

 

 

We do not see these prices sustaining

 

 

If you look at natural gas futures

 

A couple months out

 

Prices tend to be

 

More reasonable

 

 

 

You just do not want to

 

Be shopping your account

 

And include the present month energy pricing

 

In the mix

 

 

For it will skew the whole proposal

 

And you will end up paying a premium

 

 

 

They say…

 

Patience is a virtue

 

 

In this business

 

You need it

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Chance of Snow

February 6, 2013

Seems like this is the one phrase

We have been hearing a lot

Lately

Here it is the beginning of February

And we have had no…

Major accumulations

I love hearing the

Projected winter snowcast

They give back in October

By our calculations

We see several cold fronts

Moving thru

Over the next couple of months

With these cold fronts…..

We see several major storms

Being caused by the El Nino

Now sitting

In the Pacific Waters

Total projected accumulation
During the next couple of months

Will be….

Drumroll please…

From 25 to 35 inches

A few years ago

We almost hit the

25 inch mark…

The week after Thanksgiving

In fact we had 3 major storms…

Bringing over 50 inches of snow

By New Years

I wonder what they said that year?

This year

Ho Hum…

Where is the snow?

I feel sorry for all the people

Who ran out and bought

Brand new snow gear

Seems to be just….

Taking up space

Remember when we used

To go out

And buy snow tires?

Whatever happened…

To snow tires….

Or did you used to put….

Chains on your tires?

Meanwhile…

It seems the cold

Has finally

Settled in

The deregulated energy market

Has remained…

Fairly stable

There are still

Great opportunities

For savings

In the natural gas

And electric markets

If you have been hesitant

To look at these deregulated opportunities

This is a good time to….

Dip your toe in the water

You will like what you see

I wish I could say the same

For the gasoline market

The price of gasoline

Has jumped over 30 cents…

Just in the last few weeks

People are no longer saying…

Fill it up

With regular

It’s back to….

Can I have $20 of regular

There is speculation

That gas prices may even

Make the push

To the dreaded…

$4.00 per gallon mark

Over the next month or so

That will make for a

Long summer….

Driving

Back and forth

To the shore

How many times

Will we have to stop for gas

If we keep getting…

$20 refills

Supply and demand

They have the supply

And we demand…

Lower prices

Will we ever see gas….

Under $3.00 again

Here’s hoping

We are doing our best

In the deregulated energy market

Saving our clients’

Thousands of $$$$$

Does anybody

Know someone…

In the refinery business…

We could all use some

Savings on the road

For more insight contact george@hbsadvantage.com

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The Heat Goes On

August 11, 2012

Last month, I read

 

 

That the first 6 months

 

 

Of this year…

 

 

Were the hottest first 6 month period

 

 

 

Since they began keeping records

 

 

Back in the 1860s

 

 

 

 

Last week…

 

 

Ole Hurricane Schwartz

 

 

He back now

 

After double bypass surgery

 

 

 

Said that we had just experienced

 

The hottest July ever

 

 

 

I think that makes 7 months in a row!!!

 

 

 

My garden is struggling….

 

 

This year

 

 

Normally my cherry tomatoes

 

Are abundant

 

And they are……

 

 

 

Very juicy and sweet

 

 

 

Not this year….

 

 

 

All my cherry tomato plants…..

 

 

Died

 

 

 

From excessive heat

 

 

 

We probably got about

 

50 cherry tomatoes

 

 

Before they withered out on me

 

 

 

Our whole garden

 

Is weather beaten

 

 

 

Grant….

 

 

 

Did you water the garden

 

 

Yes Dad

 

 

 

How about the flowers

 

In the containers

 

 

Yes Dad

 

 

Well….

 

 

Maybe you should start

 

 

Talking to them

 

 

 

They don’t seem to be responding

 

 

 

 

Is this a phenomena?

 

 

 

Or can this be a result of…..

 

 

Global warming….

 

 

 

 

Hottest 7 months

 

 

Since they started keeping records…

 

 

 

 

Gives us something to think about

 

 

 

 

Until recently, Richard Muller,

 

 

Scientist and Director of the

 

Berkley Earth Surface Temperature Foundation

 

 

Was one of the world’s most dedicated skeptics.

 

 

 

 

However, his own research

 

Has finally caused Muller…

 

 

 

To change his position

 

Muller’s statement in a New York Times Op/Ed:

 

 

Call me a converted skeptic.

 

Three years ago

I identified problems in previous climate studies

 

that, in my mind,

 

threw doubt on the very existence of

 

global warming.

 

 

Last year,

 

following an intensive research effort

 

 involving a dozen scientists,

 

I concluded that global warming was real

 

And that the prior estimates

 

Of the rate of warming were correct.

 

 

I’m now going a step further:

 

                                                                                              

Humans are almost entirely the cause.

 

 

 

Wow!!!!

 

 

 

Pretty powerful statement

 

 

 

 

I know….

 

 

 

He’s only one person

 

 

 

Although….

 

 

He is considered to be

 

One of the world experts

 

In this field

 

 

And

 

 

He was always the one denying…..

 

 

 

The fact that Global warming existed

 

 

 

 

He changed his mind

 

 

 

Is the excessive heat

 

Over the last 7 months…..

 

 

 

A result of global warming?

 

 

 

I am not the expert in this field

 

 

But…..

 

 

I believe

 

 

This should begin to….

 

 

 

Raise the awareness on the topic.

 

 

 

Maybe we should all…

 

 

Start asking more questions?

 

 

 

What steps are being taken to

 

 

Insure the sustainability of our planet?

 

 

 

 

What is our contingency?

 

 

 

Do I hear a Plan B?

 

 

 

 

This is not a time to take sides

 

 

 

Are we going to continue

 

 

To Deny Global Warming

 

 

May be a possibility?

 

 

 

 

Are we willing to take

 

 

 

The appropriate steps

 

 

To insure

 

 

The Health and Welfare

 

 

Of future generations?

 

 

 

 

We were the generation

 

That sought to change the world

 

 

 

I don’t think

 

We had this sort of change..

 

 

In mind

 

 

 

This is our chance

 

 

To all work together

 

 

For the common good

 

 

 

Pay it forward

May I

May 11, 2012

If April showers

 

 

Bring May flowers

 

 

Then…

 

 

What do May showers bring?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seems that Spring….

 

 

 

Came a little early

 

 

 

 

 

This year

 

 

 

 

 

We were busy having

 

 

80 to 90 degree days

 

 

 

 

 

Back in March

 

 

 

 

 

Even faked out the

 

 

Flowers and trees

 

 

 

 

I saw buds coming up…..

 

 

 

Out of the ground

 

 

 

And

 

 

Trees beginning to bloom

 

 

 

 

 

Then came April….

 

 

 

Cold temperatures

 

 

 

A few overnight freeze warnings…

 

 

 

 

Thrown in…

 

 

 

 

 

For good measure

 

 

 

 

 

No Rain

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember running thru the park

 

 

 

 

I overheard the trees

 

Talking to the plants

 

 

 

 

 

What’s going on with this weather?

 

 

 

First they tell us it is ok to bloom

 

 

 

 

Then they throw……

 

 

 

Cold temperatures at us

 

 

 

 

What are these human’s doing?

 

 

 

 

Do you think they know?

 

 

Or

 

 

Is it time for us

 

 

 

To talk to….

 

 

 

 

The big Guy up there?

 

 

 

 

I’m just telling you

 

 

What I heard

 

 

I am not revealing…….

 

 

 

My sources

 

 

 

 

Well…..

 

 

 

 

 

We got 15 days

 

 

Till…

 

 

 

Memorial Day weekend begins

 

 

 

The focus will soon be on

 

 

 

The summer and

 

 

 

Heading for the…..

 

 

 

Shore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I guess we had a glimpse of spring

 

 

 

Back in March

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do the waves look?

 

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