Fueling Ignorance

An implied “thank you” from the troops there at the end.

Er. There’s something else “you should know”… its a fungible commodity, but never mind.

72 Replies to “Fueling Ignorance”

  1. i still recall the look of anger and confusion on my mother’s face when i informed her that most of the Prudhoe Bay crude was being sold to Japanese refineries. she was really pissed at the oil companies.

    a lot of americans refuse to see the USA as a global empire that is totally dependent upon global resources for its lifestyle. it’s more true today than in the past, and the dependencies will continue to grow and to need armed protection and bullying/intimidation of foreigners in the future. any dissent at home is labed terror and smothered. until it all collapses, this is.

  2. the Kiwk Fill execs know the score, and they know exactly what they’re doing. appeal to ignorant american’s hope of energy independence, and grab market share from the competition using foreign crude in their mixes. throw in a uniformed solider at the end to imply you’re helping to save their lives from “needless” wars of aggression, err, against “global terror”.

    pretty cynical, no? but, as one of my foreign colleagues likes to say: “business is business”.

  3. Dec 30, 2010 – The UN membership roster contains 54 African states (per Wiki).

    Dec 30, 2013 — US Africa Corps personnel in 35 African states (per CIA).

    Percentage occupied: 35/54 = 65%.

    Conclusion: 35% of African states do not have significant natural resources.

  4. there’s a lot of irony here, among them the pop-up ad for investing in Bakken oil and gas, a fracking operation. ad also gets in way of view. even the oil geologists admit that fracking = earthquakes, by definition.

  5. not exactly sure, but to get a sizable earthquake, don’t you need to, rather suddenly, release energy at the tectonic plate level? how does this relate to extracting from what has to sedimentary formations? something dosen’t sound right to me.

  6. yes, to get a sizeable earthquake, the regional stress energy needs to build up and then become released quickly. that is why folks living in SoCal are rightly spooked by the indications of regional stress build there, which are at the plate tectonic level, but there is a continuum in scale downward. right now, they have many types of monitors in place, but none are yet proven as predictive. my guess is that’s because of the regional complexity.

    fracking operations are like a large-scale geoengineering projects to relieve stess in rock formations. that’s not the objective, of course, they want “tight” oil and gas to come out, but they are inadvertently relieving or inducing stress, so sometimes they get a much larger rapid release => earthquake(s), like in Ohio and Oklahoma where these operations are ongoing.

  7. okay, so she’s from Santa Monica and works for Alex Jones. she’s still pleasant to view and has some cool burning methane on tap in this video.

  8. Did she say our sources of drinking water are protected now thanks to George Bush? Ha! Somebody better let him know!

    If I recall, the State of Colorado investigated the burning faucet guy’s well and found it was affected by biogenic sources and not O&G development activity. Not that that should affect the Oscar nomination to Gasland. The acting and special effects were very good.

  9. over at the America2.0 list dave posted:

    “interesting, at least to me, thoughts on the morality of bringing further, particularly human, life into existance.

    my own thoughts on suicide boil down to something like: “this stupid shit will be over soon enough, one way or another. might as well hang around and see what happens next. plus i still enjoy drink, food and sex.”

    i do feel bad about having taken part in the drama of bringing children into this world. my only excuse is that i was young; even at that, i was tricked into it. in my own defense, i do provide palitive care to my children as they make thier way through this horror show.”


    here is my (censored, at least not yet pubished there) reply:

    “dave, I quickly read that article. Obviously written by a male, but I
    didn’t check their gender. Sounds very logical, but forgets about the
    genetic hard wiring of women to breed. Most women want at least one child to bare and raise. Even adoption does not completely satisfy this urge or apparent need, and many couples with adopted children eventually have one or more “of their own”. It’s usually the women who make these decisions, although sometimes the men are consulted beforehand. Obviously, the innate call to bare children and its ticking clock is stronger in some women than in others, but it’s there.”

    just what is so offensive/non-PC about the above? I believe what i said is true, based upon personal experience.

  10. doom,

    nothing wrong with what you said as far as i’m concerned. why and what jay censors is often beyond me. i just let it go.

    i think that it would be very hard to argue that women don’t hold all the reproductive cards, at least in places where oral and other types of contraceptives are readily available. if a woman decides to concieve, and happens to be succesfull, the male in question often has no further say in the matter. in my own case i ended up paying for many years for a child who i’m awfull sure wasn’t mine. for the sake of the kid, i didn’t contest paternity. life is hard enough.

    anyways, that blog is written by a woman. it’s worth reading.

  11. amazing to me that a woman wrote that. i need to go back and read it more carefully. sorry to learn you got stuck with paying for a kid that likely wasn’t yours. it happens a lot. in the old days, i read that a woman would discover she was pregnant, and would then get busy and hook up with as many men as she could that would possibly provide for her. the men she hooked up with never knew for sure who was the biological father, and oftentimes neither did she. it takes a village, as hillary is fond of saying.

    doubtful the above could be published over at jay’s list! truth = pain.

  12. i’ve discussed this issue with several women. thier general reaction was to the effect that if you really don’t want children to result from mating, then you need to take your own steps to ensure it dosen’t happen. don’t, or you simply can’t, relie on solely on the woman, for any number of reasons. she may get pregnant intentionally, through carelessness, through no fault of her own, etc. after she is pregnant, it’s hard to argue for an abortion if she dosen’t agree. in any event, i took this advice to heart and got a vasectomy.

  13. Note though about the CSU investigation. There probably is not a school in the US more in the pockets of the oil companies then CSU. The nations number one anti global climate change professor was part of the investigation. Thus adding more fuel to the conspiracy.He also predicts hurricanes

  14. today america celebrates the pinnacle of teen spirit, and mindless tribal behavior. the cooks get to cook, the beer drinkers get to drink, the fighters get to fight, and the watchers get to watch plenty. it’s all good, as JHK likes to say.

  15. roach, i’m getting only bits and pieces of this CSU story. you folks been using your guns on each other again? is there an explanatory link?

  16. I thought the state oil and gas commission investigated the claim, not CSU, but either way, it doesn’t matter much to me. Any government agency or university that does not declare fracking to be the devil’s work will be accused as under their influence of industry. And they may be in some/many cases, I don’t know.

    Here’s what I think. I would be willing to bet that the impacts to water resources brought on by oil and gas consumption are thousands of times greater than the water resources impacts from individual oil and gas well developments.

  17. probably correct, Bif. the big objection from the nicole foss and jim kunstler POV is fracking is just a ponzi, and that it won’t provide in the longer run, becoming too expensive to extract. if so, then we may have a nat gas reserve issue in north america soon, ironically about the same time that the proponents are calling for america’s energy independence.

  18. am i the first and perhaps only one to note a bit of irony and foreboding in the stadium power outage at today’s super bowl?

    hope it changes the game momentum in favor of the 49ers. just sayin.

  19. “Here’s what I think. I would be willing to bet that the impacts to water resources brought on by oil and gas consumption are thousands of times greater than the water resources impacts from individual oil and gas well developments.”

    Yes, lets ban all fossil fuel usage of any kind. I’m with you, Bif.

  20. here is a link to the permitting changes for oil and gas leasing in Aurora Co made after the commission’s report. It interesting how there is no water shed analysis included. But 200 feet from homes is safe.


    here is a link to the Colorado oil and gas commissions reports


    In the commissions report they state rule 205 requiring documenting of all chemicals involved in fracking but fail to mention the rule states they are not required to actually release this information to anyone.

    here is the best know site in Colorado for the opposition to fracking


  21. What a dumb dog that SteveK9 is over on TOD:

    SteveK9 on February 5, 2013 – 10:43am

    China is already working on the solution, just not fast enough … Nuclear Power. The bunglers in Japan slowed things for a bit, but that is over. The ridiculous costs of Nuclear in the West are not being duplicated in China. Every project there (there are 28 reactors under construction) is on-time and on-budget. We once knew how to do this. France virtually eliminated fossil fuels from electricity generation in 20 years. Here is a comparison of what is happening today with construction of France’s EPR reactor.

    Finland: Olkiluoto 3 – First concrete Aug 2005, begin operation in 2016?

    France: Flamanville 3 – First concrete in Dec 2007 begin operation in 2016

    China: Taishan 1 – First concrete Oct 2009, begin operation in 2013

    Heavy construction is really China’s strength right now. No one else is even close. The Taishan power station is planned for 6 X 1.7 GWe EPR … a 10GW station.

    China is still in the process of building out the supply chain for reactor construction. This year they will begin construction of the prototype of the Chinese variant of Westinghouse’s AP1000 (1150 MWe) an uprated version called the CAP1400 (1400 MWe). As a price of allowing Westinghouse to build 4 reactors they turned over 70,000 pages of documents on the AP1000 design. They will build a hundred of these. They are already working on a 1700 MWe variant.

    China is also working on liquid-metal (sodium) fast breeders and high-T gas reactors, as well as molten salt reactors … they are not leaving a stone unturned. In the immediate future though it will be Westinghouse-type pressurized water reactors that will be the bulk of the new build. I think the speed they build these, once they get rolling, is going to astonish the world.

    Seagatherer on February 5, 2013 – 11:33am

    When they are done their economy will leave ours in the dust. It will be their time.

    D3PO on February 5, 2013 – 12:25pm

    China is going to learn the hard way about rapid climate change. The ice pack on the Tibetan Plateau is rapidly melting away, which means a dry future for China (and India, Indochina) and their formerly mighty rivers. They’d better hurry up and perfect that molten salt coolant for their new nukes, as cooling water could be hard to come by anywhere inland from the coast. Coastal nukes = tsunami sitting ducks, as Fukushima demonstrated, plus you can only install so many before the sea surface temperatures start affecting each other’s plants. Globally, nukes are ticking time bombs because they depend upon a stable grid (and advanced, peaceful society) for cooling. Yet, grid failure is what is in store, thanks to fossil fuel depletion. See Richard Duncan (2006) and a new paper coming out this year. It’s easy to predict that France will be in trouble soon, as they are already having grid power problems, plus climate change/drought effects on inland rivers and groundwaters, where they’ve scattered their nukes. Flash floods can also be an issue, thanks to climate change, e.g., those two Nebraska nukes in trouble on the Missouri River in the US “heartland” breadbasket. Once the French start losing nukes, they’ll contaminate all the arable land in western Europe, plus send radioactive plumes across the Northern Hemisphere. Maybe China will get lucky because they’re so far away.

    Just thought an alternative view might be in order.

  22. establish some feeding stands and take them out with bow and arrow. works for teenagers and deer. volunteer archers will be lining up around the block. i think.

  23. What, are there no natural predators there other than man? Not even coyotes? If the deer were truly over-populated there the natural predators would appear. No action needed.

  24. human predators in North America: polar bears, grizzly (brown) bears, pumas, coyotes, wolves, dogs (large or in packs), snakes (various poisonous), allegators, sharks, killer whales, barracuta (in schools), marlin (if so inclined), eels (probably self-defense), rats (under certain circumstances), ants (fire), gilla monster (probably self-defense), scopions, spiders (some poisonous ones), various bacteria and viruses.

    did i leave anyone out? they are obviously not doing a good job at human population control.

  25. “What, are there no natural predators there other than man?”

    The Algonquians had no problem keeping the deer in check and sharing the bounty with cougar and bear before the colonists arrived. Cougar are non-existent on the east coast except for a near-extinct group of Florida Panther that they’re trying to rejuvenate. The fox population–I’ve seen numerous, large silver fox over the last six months–is burgeoning but I can’t imagine even a large fox interested in tackling a deer… even a fawn.

  26. From the NPS Rock Creek Park EIS FAQ –


    “…over the past 20 years, the increased deer population has caused detrimental changes in species composition, structure, abundance, and distribution of native plant communities and associated wildlife. Deer now are so dominant in the environment that they have decreased the habitat for other species.”

    “Long-term monitoring of fenced and unfenced areas in park forests clearly demonstrates that high deer density is the dominant force in the park limiting the growth and maturation of the park’s forests. This conclusion has been mirrored in extensive research that has been conducted on the effects of overabundant deer populations. Young trees and shrubs grow to only a few inches tall before being eaten by deer and other herbivores. Restoration of the forests will take place when the browsing pressure is reduced to point at which forests can regenerate.”

    Save the baby plants and other animals! Stop those deer bullies!

    NPS have selected an approach that will solve the problem in the most expeditious and cost effective manner. After this reduction in deer herd is done the plant communities will begin to show recovery in about 6+ years they say. EE you will probably then see a healthier and more diverse landscape, with more and different plants, birds and other animals.

    Appears to me that the people who wrote the WP article you linked are just mad because NPS didn’t select the management alternative in which they have a vested interest. Its absurd they say that density of animals is not having a detrimental effect. Give me a break.

    NPS really needs an ongoing program to keep the number of deer in the park very low. Deer will continue to move in from adjacent areas. Maybe they should allow archery hunting. Keeps the problem in check at lowest cost.

  27. From my link: “Her 30-pound dog, Tucker, had puncture wounds around his head and rump. He needed sutures for his wounds and would not leave the house for two weeks.”

    Kinda funny.

  28. our dog is part dingo, with its long nose and point ears. in australia, dingos are known to eat other dogs and even baby humans left unattended. recall that merl streep movie? our neighbors have small kids. humm…..

  29. Deer will take chances to get corn chips. I’ve seen it. Deploy a few chips in the yard and lock and load. You need your protein. Man does not live on corn chips and kimchi alone. Well maybe he could… but wait… did Joon Rhee not stockpile any emergency kimchi? Hooooleee shit!

    Wonder what JR is doing in the storm. Probably being a dick somewheres. Thats my guess.

  30. Sandy didn’t get him but the snow storm did. wow, a diet of oban and corn chips. i guess you won’t run out of ice for the drinks. perhaps some kim chee on the side, and the possiblility of fresh vinison jerky. it could be worse, like those poor superbowl attendees sitting in the dark.

    JR, …now that name sounds familiar. didn’t he used to blog here, long ago?

  31. yeah, jooh rhee left. went back to seol, or some such fucking place.

    i got some kinda born and bred american hoore living here at the moment. so i get by on cheeseburgers, campbells tomato soup and corn chips these days.

  32. doom,

    so, i sent an email to america2.0 pointing out that we are all, except for some mutants, “genetically hardwired”, if such a thing exists at all, to breed eat breath, shit, ect., etc.. some of us find ways (depending on lots of things) to overcome said “hardwiring”. he rejected it.

    he said something like “nobody can choose not to breath”. i said something like: “oh, let’s see what happens when i put this plastic bag over my head and hang from this rope that i put around my neck.” i haven’t heard back.

  33. which guy is crazier, exhibit A or exhibit B? while very much acting the part of a crazy person, A is much sanier than B, who is foolish enough to look down the barrel of a loaded shotgun “to see if it is jammed, or something”.

    Dawinian evolution in action. that reminds me that the annual Darwin awards are coming up soon. Hawaii usualy gets several nominations.

  34. yah dave, america2.0, where any discussion of hard genetic wiring is apparently off limits because it’s “too complex”. here’s my non-scientific, purely anecdotal evidence, based upon experience over 50+ years: guys (most) just want to have sex. for them, bablies are a by-product, oftentimes unwanted. gals also want to have sex (most), but for them, there’s also baby production and rearing. rearing a child can (and should) be a mutual effort, but men are at best, ‘assistant moms’. (don’t throw any of that men as heros stuff–if they did it was because mom was effectively gone, for some reason.)

    again, based upon experience, women have a biological clock for child production and rearing, although sometimes grandmas get encours as child raisers (real pros, BTW). as a woman ages, the clock ticks louder. in their 20s, OK, in their 30s, signs of desperation if not married and trying, in their 40s, absolutely desperate. in their 50s and older, now resigned to not having a child of their own. you bring the topic up to them at your own risk. just sayin.

    so, that is pure biology, because it’s time-based. there is also peer pressure, and pressure from relatives and freinds, but because it is time based, it is mainly biology, the timing and amounts of hormones released, etc.

    aging is time based, obviously, but humans like to fight that clock. like jay said, breathing is not voluntary, it is mandated by part of your brain (hypothalmus, i think) and the blood chemistry signals it receives. you can choose to breathe air that will kill you (inside a bag, same as an exhaust pipe), or you can choose to stare down the barrel of a loaded shotgun and play with the trigger, same effect.

  35. here’s an eye opener essay:

    Soft Spot: How to Quickly and Easily Destroy the United States of America


    one of my old college buddies was on the NRC panel that recently approved the construction of two moron nuke plants in the US. for his sake, when we met and he told me about this decision in light of the recent Fukushima debacle, i tried to hide my disgust and merely projected amazement at the decision. it’s truly scary that the government seems unwilling to do something about the spent fuel storage problem. they could easily solve it with dry cask storage. there is also no valid reason not to pick a spot for national burial—it’s just politics and playing risk over time. no leadership, just corruption, lots and lots of it.

  36. “it’s truly scary that the government seems unwilling to do something about the spent fuel storage problem.”

    Its a kick-the-can strategy. It will never be resolved, except eventually by the fates, and a geologic timescale.

    There is nothing but “interim” storage. There is nothing but an interim plan. Thats pretty bad. Vermont Yankee waste sits by the Connecticut River. They say its above the 500-year flood line, but you know how that goes.

  37. it’s simply impossible for humans to do anything that is not written within our genetic make up. all behavior, no matter how strongly controled by the autonomic system, or influenced by environmental cues, is, essentially, “hardwired”.

  38. thanks to climate change, we are getting 100-year floods every other year, so i’d expect a 500-year flood sometime in the next decade. it’s that exponential function that al bartlett keeps harping about appreciating.

  39. ” providing a plan to save civilization”, not sure what that’s supposed to mean; and, why would anyone want to in the first place?

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