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Climate Change, Energy, Riots, and Manufactured Housing in Green Era

November 28th, 2018 Comments off

 

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If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma,
wait a minute and it’ll change
.”

– Will Rogers (1879-1035)

 

There have been story lines in entertainment and news medias since at least the early 1990s about climate change or “global warming.” That the climate changes is a matter of fact. Temperatures in most places tend to rise after dawn, and tend to cool after sunset. It has been so for thousands of years before industrialization.  The earth has for ages gone through periods of warming and cooling.

Some prudent questions therefor ought to include:

  • how much of climate change is natural,
  • how much of it is caused by human activity, and
  • how much of that human activity is harmful?
  • How does this topic impact manufactured homes and other forms of factory-built housing, in this ‘green’ era?

 

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Manufactured Housing in the Green Era

By way of disclosure, on the marketing side of our operations, we have pointed to the greener side of manufactured housing for all of the 2000s and into the 2010s.

Manufactured housing is greener in almost every sense than conventional construction.  Kevin Clayton of Clayton Homes is correct about the relatively low amount of wasted material that any factory-builder achieves, roughly two drums per housing unit. Lindsey Bostick at Sunshine Homes has touted LED lights and other green, energy-saving features in her own manufactured home with understandable pride and enthusiasm.

It is one of those points where independent or larger producers of manufactured homes or modular housing can agree upon.

In a state like California, energy-savings is mandated for builders. Steve Lefler is among those who has been promoting green modular, manufactured, and ‘tiny’ housing in his state for factory-builders, and their own company.  DOE Energy standards for HUD Code manufactured homes has been a hot topic for years.

Green is in.

But none of those factoids answers the question, how much of climate change is caused by human activity? Or how much harm is caused by so-called greenhouse gas or other emissions? What are the practical alternatives?

A popular radio talk show personality on 1430 AM joked some years back about coal-powered cars and trucks. Coal? Yes, because electric cars use electricity. At that time, roughly half of the electric capacity in the U.S. was generated from coal-fired electric plants.  By 2015, that share of coal-fired electric plants was down to about 30 percent, per the Washington Post.

 

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Windmills have become more popular as a form of energy production. But ecologically serious people recognize that those wind powered turbines kill birds. That has consequences in nature too.  Solar power is not without its own environmental risks, nor is it as easy or as cost effective to use in various climates as others power sources can be.

In France, there have been riots for days as a result of the French President Emmanuel Macron government’s efforts to impose higher fuel taxes. Gas in France is already about $7.06 dollars a gallon, much of which are taxes.  Fuel will go higher under Macron’s ‘anti-climate change’ plan. Compare their cost in France for gas to about $2.70 average per gallon here in the U.S.

 

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Would Americans riot too if gas prices suddenly shot up to over $7 a gallon?

 

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Nuclear energy is a potential option that isn’t as discussed or used as it was prior to Chernobyl, Three Mile Island or the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.  But nuclear power is still a part of the U.S. and other nations’ energy mix.

It is natural gas here in the U.S. that to a significant degree surged to take up the slack of declining coal use. See the infographics for details.

People might enjoy roughing it on a camping trip for a few days. But millions of Americans camp in RVs. They use fuel or electricity almost the entire trip on such an outing.  The point is that not many want to go back to the pre-industrial or pre-electric energy era.  No one makes the news demanding a return to reading by candlelight.

To put this into a more industry-specific context, no factory works without energy.

So, energy costs are a built-in reality for HUD Code manufactured home or modular housing production. Energy costs are also part of site-building costs and are likewise a factor in for cost in producing 3D printed housing too.

Rephrased, higher fuel costs could dampen the sale of all housing, including manufactured housing.

 

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With The Above Backdrop

So, there are a string of facts, such as those noted above, that must be recognized before getting into the debate over climate and energy.

It should also be noted that while this issue of climate has become a political football, kicked or tossed around by the major parties, that neither major party wants dirty air or dirty water.

When one major party, for example, demonizes their opponents inaccurately portraying falsehoods about energy or climate, that is unjustified.   Such stratagems as “smear and fear” perhaps reveals more about those who employ underhanded tactics than it does about those whom they wrongfully target.

The word “conservative” has become negative to those on the political left. Why? Isn’t the essence of green about the conservation of the planet and protecting natural resources?

Let’s note that low-cost energy is an economic driver for business, including manufactured housing. Lower energy costs also translates into more purchasing power, especially for those with a limited income.

With those thoughts, we now introduce the Praeger University video below on Climate Change, What Do Scientists Say?

 

 

The video rapidly explores the scientific, political and other factors in the climate change discussion, as presented by an atmospheric physicist.

 

 

While the nation isn’t all like Oklahoma, the whit and wisdom of Will Rogers has been adapted to other parts of the U.S. on this topic of climate.  Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes, quip some, and it will change. That’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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The Evolution of America’s Energy Supply (1776 – 2014) Infographic

July 27th, 2017 Comments off

EvolutionAmericasEnergySupplyWith all the drama in manufactured housing around energy related issues, the VC infographic below makes for a nice change of pace on the Daily Business News.

Informative.

Colorful.

Useful insights.

On a serious note, energy is connected to essentially every profession and industry in the nation.

Manufactured housing is no exception.

 

 

 

The Evolution of America’s Energy Supply, 1776 – 2014

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The nation is rediscovering its oil, natural gas and “clean coal” – all of which are plentiful.  They current administration is promoting those low cost domestic options, all part of a plan to drive down costs for producers and citizens alike.

2 of the not too heavy energy related, recent reports are found at the bullets below.

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MHARR to Secretary Perry: Withdraw Unnecessary MH Energy Rule

March 13th, 2017 Comments off
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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that it has formally called upon the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Gov. Rick Perry, to withdraw its proposed manufactured housing energy rule.

MHARR says that the proposed rule is “rooted in climate change activism and advanced by energy special interests through an illegitimate and scandal-plagued regulatory process, threatens to needlessly destroy the affordability of manufactured homes” and “simultaneously excludes millions of consumers from the manufactured housing market – and from home-ownership altogether.

According to MHARR, the proposed rule could increase the retail cost of an average multi-section manufactured home by $6,000.00 or more because regulatory compliance, testing and enforcement-related costs were never considered by DOE in developing the rule.

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MHARR has been on the record as an opponent of both the proposed DOE rule and the “fundamentally-tainted administrative process” that led to its adoption.

In a November 2016 letter, the organization called for the DOE “to cease and desist from any further activity on the proposed manufactured housing rule pursuant to Congress’ November 15, 2016 warning to all federal agencies against finalizing any pending rules or regulations in the Obama Administration’s last days.

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The DOE manufactured housing ‘energy’ rule is a textbook example of a destructive, big government ‘solution’ in search of a problem. Manufactured homes, comprehensively regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, already have median energy operating costs that are less than, or comparable to, other types of housing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau,” said MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss.

To single out manufactured homes and their mostly lower and moderate-income buyers for what amounts to a huge, regressive tax that would devastate both them and the industry in order to satisfy special interests, is incomprehensible, indefensible and precisely the type of baseless, damaging federal regulation that President Trump has vowed to eliminate.

The full letter from Weiss to Secretary Rick Perry is linked here. ##

 

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NFIB By The Numbers: Trump, Clinton and Small Business

October 20th, 2016 Comments off
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As part of their “Election Center” feature, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has published Who Will You Choose? Presidential Issue Comparison, that analyzes each candidates position on issues that are important to small business.

The data is pulled directly from candidates’ plans.  NFIB notes that they don’t endorse candidates for the highest office in the land, but they do provide a head-to-head comparision, so their members can make an informed choice.

So, where do they stand? Let’s take a look.

Income Tax Rate

Trump: Proposes reducing the number of tax brackets to three: 12%, 25%, and 33%.

Clinton: Proposes a new tax surcharge on high-income taxpayers effectively raising the top rate to 43.6%. Proposes increasing capital gains taxes and implementing the “Buffett” rule to enact a new minimum tax rate on those with over $1 million adjusted gross income.

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Business Tax Rate

Trump: Proposes a new 15% business rate that would apply to corporations and pass through businesses.

Clinton: Proposes no change in corporate tax rates.

Estate Tax

Trump: Proposes elimination of the Estate Tax, but capital gains held until death will be subject to tax, with the first $10 million tax-free as under current law to exempt small businesses and family farms. 

Clinton: Proposes restoring the federal estate tax to 2009 levels and create new brackets for estates over certain sizes: 45% for estates over $3.5 million, 50% for over $10 million, 55% for over $50 million, and 65% for over $500 million.

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Regulation

Trump: Proposes eliminating the EPA’s Waters of U.S. rule and Clean Power Plan rule.

Clinton: Supports the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule and Clean Power Plan rule and proposes additional measures to transition U.S. energy sources to renewables.

Health Care

Trump: Proposes repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with Health Savings Accounts.

Clinton: Proposes expanding the Affordable Care Act by creating a new “public option” government-run insurance plan. She proposes increasing tax credits to assist with health insurance premiums. She also proposes allowing people over 55 buy into Medicare.

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Energy

Trump: Proposes opening onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands.

Clinton: Proposes putting additional regulations on oil and natural gas development.

Paid Leave 

Trump: Proposes expanding unemployment insurance (UI) programs to pay for six weeks of maternity leave. Trump proposes paying for increased leave by eliminating fraud in the UI program.

Clinton: Proposes 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. Clinton proposes paying for the increased leave with higher taxes on the “wealthy.

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$6.7 Billion in Opportunities Bubbling Up?

September 20th, 2016 Comments off

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SD reports:

  • multi-billion-dollar pipeline projects – The Atlantic Sunrise, Mariner 2 and the PennEast;
  • a pickup in drilling is coming for the balance of 2016 and into 2017 in the Marcellus region;
  • plus new power-plant construction.

For manufactured home retailers and manufactured home land-lease communities in that market area, such activities can only mean good news looming over the horizon.

But is the SD view of this activity an outlier, or part of a broader consensus on the issue of a coming multi-billion-dollar boom in parts of Pennsylvania?

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MarcellusDrilling  (MD) stated in a recent report that: “Gene Barr is the president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. The PA Chamber is a big supporter of the Marcellus industry. Writing a column that appears in a recent edition of the York Dispatch, Barr gives full-throated support to three pipelines “critical” to PA’s future: Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise; Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East 2; and UGI Energy Services’ PennEast…”

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What MD calls 3 Plus 1, they call for similar support of the Williams Constitution Pipeline in NY.  The political climate may make that project more problematic.

But given the push for jobs in the so-called “rust belt” states, the remaining projects look to be well positioned.

That could bode well for manufactured and modular home producers, suppliers and the front lines who could supply homes rapidly and for less than conventional builders, notably in a part of the nation where older, less energy-efficient and often costlier housing stock exists. ##

Previous, related reports: 

Trump, Kasich, Shale and Manufactured Housing

UMH Properties Includes Focus on Energy Region

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