US – Libya War

March 20, 2011

Gadhafi vows long war after US, allies strike – Yahoo! News

Ex-FREAKIN-scuse me… WHERE ARE THE PROTESTERS?!!!

Cindy Sheehan? Campouts at the presidents house? Protests in San Francisco? The moral urgency? David Letterman? Jon Stewart? Stephen Colbert? Nancy Pelosi? NY Times? Declaration of War from congress – or even a resolution?

Oh thats right… back then it was all about oil.

UPDATE: Found this in the comments section of the Althouse blog:

JayC said…
Scott Walker’s invasion of Libya is an illegal war of choice on a sovereign nation. No blood for cheese! Wait a minute… I think I have the wrong script. Give me a minute, here.
3/19/11 9:31 PM

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Gulf Oil Spill – Perspective

May 30, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Ixtoc 1

UPDATE: More oil spills here… and it DOESN’T mention the Deepwater rig or Valdez.

This is a very good overview, with BALANCE (in others words NOT bleeding with environmental tears) of the Gulf oil spill. Surprisingly when I checked to see who wrote it I was a little amazed that it’s a guy running for Congress in Massachusetts.

Good quote:

Ixtoc 1 is the second largest oil spill in history, eclipsed only by the intentional oil spill by Saddam Hussein’s army as it retreated from Kuwait in 1991. Estimate of Ixtoc 1 volume is 150M gallons of oil. Iraqi deliberate oil spill: 400M gallons. Current, and obviously rough, estimates of Deepwater Horizon oil spill: 20M gallons of oil. Exxon Valdez: 10M gallons.

It would be very interesting to look into the public perception of how big the Exxon Valdez spill was compared to the Gulf. Environmental issues are SO blown out of proportion by the media that I’m guess more people think the Valdez was the mother of all oil spills.


Florida Tar Balls Not From Gulf – MSM Disappointed

May 19, 2010

FOXNews.com – Florida Tar Balls Not Linked to Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Yes, the Gulf spill is big. Yes, it will cripple tourism and fishing industries along with other coastal interests.

But it is NOT the end of the world and a real question remains unanswered: WHERE’S THE OIL?


Alternative Energy – What’s It Gonna Take?

May 3, 2010

Roger L. Simon » Has Al Gore given up on global warming? (UPDATED)

This was a good article about one of my favorite hypocrites… but there’s a gem in the comments section that cannot be overlooked:

Here’s a number you need to keep in mind: 3 Terawatts. That’s about how much power we’re using in the country right now. If that were used for 100W incandescent bulbs you’d need 30 billion bulbs. There’s no way renewable energy is going to come close to that. That would require over 2 billion square meters of 100% efficient solar panels, that’s about the same area as all the land in Rhode Island (real solar panels are about 25% efficient so you’d need to pave Delaware’s land as well). And of course solar panels don’t do too well at night, so you’d need to at least double that area, that brings us to the land area of Hawaii, plus you’d need a way to store around 40 TWh’s which simply doesn’t exist. And all that ignores factors such as clouds, dirt, animals, etc.

So what about wind? The most powerful wind turbine today is ~7 MW, so we’d need around 500,000 of them. They have a rotor diameter of 126m, so they’d have to be at least 65m apart. That means they’d take up 6 billion square meters, about the same as all of Delaware. I can’t imagine it would be good for anything flying. Now this is the peak power, so we’d have to factor in all the time that the wind isn’t blowing hard enough, or when it’s blowing too hard. Again we need a storage system for mind-boggling amounts of energy. Also, has anyone looked at the climatological effects of taking 3TW of convective energy out of the atmosphere?

Both solar and wind suffer from a fatal flaw: They can’t be controlled. Grid operators can’t dial supply up (we can somewhat do down) to meet demand, and when you’re talking about the electric grid either you balance it or it balances itself…usually in some exciting manner.

Hydro’s pretty much tapped out in the country, not to mention ecomentalists flip their shit whenever someone mentions building dams. Same thing with geothermal, unless we want to start drilling in Yellowstone.

Nuclear could do it, but whenever you mention it the ecomentalists set a record in going from zero to stupid.

That leaves fossil fuels. There’s nothing else. Especially when it comes to moving stuff. We have nothing that comes close to the power density of hydrocarbons when it comes to mobile applications, and hydrocarbons are the only energy source that’s suitable for mobile applications. Everything else (e.g. hydrogen and ethanol) are just ways to make electricity mobile.

You want an alternative to fossil fuels. I want to motorboat Scarlett Johansson. It’s good to want things, keeps us hungry.

So clearly stated.


Gulf Oil Spill – Answers, Please…

May 3, 2010

In ironic twist, BP finalist for pollution prevention award – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs

BP, now under federal scrutiny because of its role in the deadly Gulf of Mexico explosion and oil spill, is one of three finalists for a federal award honoring offshore oil companies for “outstanding safety and pollution prevention.”

Seriously… heads need to roll in this disaster. Just when Americans were ready to come off the ledge regarding offshore drilling we have an unmitigated disaster with repercussions that will last for decades.

Questions:

  1. What happened to cause an explosion that kills 11 workers and destroys a drilling rig?
  2. What safety procedures were in place and which procedures were circumvented?
  3. What new regulations are going to arise which hopefully will prevent this from happening again – but will also no doubt add to the cost and complexity of developing off-shore resources?
  4. Who’s responsible? The easy target is BP but I’d bet more than a few oil-free shrimp they were also dealing with a mountain of regulatory agencies pushing conflicting demands.