I apologize to my readers that find the Middle East a bit tiring…..well it is tiring….but I have no choice I have a grad degree in Middle East Studies and have worked and lived there…..I feel obligated to tell the stories that are seldom told in the Western media….there is more going on in the region that most Americans are aware of on any given day……please bear with me I will get back to other stuff soon…..thanx for your patience…..
We hear many stories in the media about AQ…many of them are true….we Americans hate the very name, thanx to 9/11….we detests anyone and anything AQ….but does the rest of the West feel the same way? England should because of the attacks, right?
On to another subject……oil! We know how important oil is to our economy and our lives….and we all know the influence that OPEC has on the world and the prices of oil……
Now to tie the two thoughts together……
From a site called “Staff & Scrip”……
The decision of the European Union to lift the embargo on Syrian government’s energy exports by importing oil from the ‘armed opposition’is another flagrant violation of international law. It violates the UN General Assembly declaration of 1962 on Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources and is yet another violation of the 1981 UN declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention and Interference in the Internal Affairs of States. But it is much more than a technical violation of the law. It marks the decent of civilization into barbarism.
London and Paris, have more than Washington, been at the forefront of aggression against Syria. In spite of the fact that it has now been confirmed by most media sources that the Syrian ‘opposition’ is Al-Qaeda, London and Paris persist in their insane drive to arm the terrorists, using the spurious argument that if they don’t arm the ‘moderates’ the ‘extremists’ will take over the country. However, in thewords of the New York Times, ‘nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of’.  The fact that the Syrian ‘rebels’ are in fact Al- Qaeda has even been admitted by the war-mongering French daily Le Monde.
So, Paris and London are pushing for further arming of Al-Qaeda and the legalization of oil trading with the jihadi terrorists. In plain language this means that the loose, terrorist network known to the world as Al-Qaeda will soon become one of the EU’s partners in the oil business…
I am still working on verifying the info…..if I find something different I will post on it………..
How will that sit with the American people? Probably will not matter. As long as they keep their cars that use 2 gallons to the mile then they will smile and pay the money….caring little that AQ will be in control of their addiction….
Any day now I expect the Prez to approve the Keystone XL deal. Do you know why it is called Keystone XL? (Pause here for the Google search)………there is already a Keystone pipeline…….the XL is for the expansion to make it LARGER. As a matter of fact the existing Keystone is in the news as I type………
Newser) – Ten surviving “oiled ducks” and two dead ones have turned up following a pipeline leak in Arkansas, Exxon Mobil says. “I’m an animal lover, a wildlife lover, as probably most of the people here are,” says a local judge. “We don’t like to see that.” The air around the town of Mayflower smells like oil, the AP reports, and two front lawns have been soaked by the stuff. An Exxon rep says there’s “no indication” of health dangers, but the spill’s cause remains a mystery as Exxon workers clean up.
The company was fined in 2010 for a failure to inspect another part of the Pegasus oil line often enough, Reuters notes. As of yesterday, the company still hadn’t dug up the ground around the leak. Meanwhile, the disruption of the line, which runs from Patoka, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, continued to fuel debate over the Keystone XL pipeline. The Pegasus line transported oil similar to what the Keystone pipeline would carry, Bloomberg notes, and there’s controversy over whether this diluted bitumen is more corrosive than regular crude. Last year saw 364 US pipeline spills totaling 54,000 barrels. National Geographic has more photos of the latest spill.
That’s right, sports fans….the disaster occurring in Arkansas is part of the existing Keystone pipeline…….it is oil from the sands of Alberta that is polluting central Arkansas……got that?
The pipeline will hire many construction workers, if approved……but once finished those jobs will be gone. The oil flowing through the completed pipeline does NOT belong to the US…..it is Canadian oil…..and the Canadians will sell it to the highest bidder….it will NOT make the US independent.
The political line is that the US will be the number one oil producing country in the world by 2020……the truth is that the oil companies will be the producers not the country…….it is a political game to claim otherwise…it is disingenuous…..
Then we have people like Pickens that is pushing nat gas……and is saying that this will make us more independent…….the truth there is that nat gas will fluctuate in price like oil and the will be no cheaper than any other form of fossil fuel……again the country will not be producing the gas…….companies will and companies will trade it, like oil, in the spot markets…..
As always…..there is only one way for the country to profit from oil production…..and NO one likes it……but if you want cheaper oil then there is only one way to achieve the price decrease…….
Hopefully you will remember all the hoopla about domestic oil……that prices will go down, it is in the national interests, we will be more secure…..blah, blah, blah………in the last election (2012) Gingrich promised if elected gas would be $3 a gallon…..or was it $2 a gallon? ……and all the peasants danced!
And now wonder boy has issued his newest budget proposal…..same as the old budget proposal……..and as usual the GOP returns to the same lie that domestic oil drilling will make us more secure and oil independent……I have written on this many times and many times NO one is listening……drill baby drill is a slogan….NOT an energy policy!
And the Prez is talking energy and domestic oil….to fund alt energy research…..just how soon will it be before the Repubs bring up Solendra again? About the only attack they have………How many times must I cover this before it sinks into thick skulls?
I have had enough of the simplistic crap!
One more time for good measure……..conservs want to be allowed to drill on public land and this will make us independent of foreign oil……that is bunk! All it will do is give oil companies cheap leases….and gas prices will remain the same……
Then there is the support for the XL Pipeline which will take Canadian oil from Canada to Houston area refineries…….that will not make oil cheaper…..why? It is Canada’s oil and they will sell to whoever they want…….the pipeline will create construction jobs but once finished will employ few workers……this will not makes us independent!
Even offshore oil will not be cheaper oil…….why? Oil is old on the spot market and speculation will drive prices NO matter where the stuff is drilled……do you understand that? Oil futures drive the price not the location of the rig! Futures markets control price! Does that compute?
Let us be honest……most of our oil comes from Mexico, Canada and Nigeria….very little comes from the Middles East…..if makes you feel better then by all means believe the slogans and the hyperbole…..but reality will eventually set in…..
Does anyone think that Exxon or Shell or BP will sell gas cheaper because it is drilled on US soil? (that is a rhetorical question but it does warrant some thought)…..
You want cheaper oil? If so, there is only one answer……an answer that few will like…..and it involves the “N” word! As it is today….NOTHING will give you cheaper gas! No amount of promises or vague policies will lessen the price.
How many times must I go over this issue before people remove their heads from the sand and realize that there will be NO cheap oil!
The other day I got a letter from my power company……I had to read it a couple of times because I thought I was missing something…….
Gulfport, Miss. – Mississippi Power today filed with the Mississippi Public Service Commission for recovery of financing costs associated with constructing the Kemper County energy facility, which will be used to mitigate and stabilize future rate increases. The filing was made in accordance with the settlement agreement reached on Thursday with the PSC for regulatory procedures related to the Kemper project.
The company has requested to recover $172 million, representing a 21 percent adjustment on total retail revenues. If approved, the typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh a month will see an increase of less than a $1 a day on bills in 2013. (that is $30 increase a month or $360 a year)
“We have worked hard to keep this increase as low as possible,” said Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Day.
Working with the PSC on the procedures outlined in the settlement agreement and the Mississippi Legislature on legislation allowing alternate financing of a portion of the project, the company anticipates the overall average rate effect of the Kemper project will be approximately 25 percent.
“This is well under the increase we had anticipated and significantly lower than what opponents to the project claimed,” said Day.
It has been more than three decades since Mississippi Power has built a base load generating plant, which runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The facility will be fueled by abundant, low-cost Mississippi lignite and will provide reliable electricity to customers at a significantly lower cost than other alternatives.
The Kemper project is nearly 75 percent complete and is scheduled to begin operation in May 2014. The project has created 12,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction. When operational, it will create 1,000 direct and indirect jobs, while also contributing millions of dollars in tax payments to the Mississippi economy.
If approved, the requested increase will go into effect in April 2013.
Mississippi Power, a Southern Company subsidiary, serves approximately 186,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties.
My state is controlled by Repubs….this should be a given…….interesting in they got a tax break for upgrading, they got a tax break for hiring…..and yet they want the consumer to pay for their building……it is opened by the Southern Company, a for profit company and yet they want me to pay for their new building, while they will be charging me about $350 more a year for their service…..and will remain in effect after the construction completion……..this is the same company that fought any clean air additions saying that it would be bad for the consumer because they would have to pass along the cost……..isn’t capitalism a great thing?
The debates are over (mercifully) and now the dash for the finish line….we will hear lots of slogans, spin and utter bovine fecal matter (that is bullsh*t in case you were confused)…..but what about the issues…you know those stances that were seldom spoken about during the debates…..if you could call them debates (that is a future post in the making)……..let me give you a few of the issues that I think should have been more important during the debates……
President Barack Obama proposes an “all of the above” strategy that embraces traditional energy sources such as oil and coal, along with natural gas, nuclear power and renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydropower. Obama has spent billions to promote “green energy” and backs a tax credit for the wind industry that his Republican rival Mitt Romney opposes. While production of renewable energy has soared, critics point to several high-profile failures, including Solyndra, a California solar company that went bankrupt, costing taxpayers more than $500 million.
Romney pledges to make the U.S. independent of energy sources outside of North America by 2020, through more aggressive exploitation of domestic oil, gas, coal and other resources and quick approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas. Obama blocked the pipeline because of environmental concerns but supports approval of a segment of it.
Now this is something that needs attention……we can whine about a lot of things but some of us want more information…just keep in mind that academics are for sale……they strive for grant money and in doing so they become whores to special interests….just ask yourself….how funded that study…..and then you will know just who will benefit from the “findings”…….There needs to be a clarification by both candidates and their plans should be more informative.
The weekend begins and time for the sciencey stuff…….
I am opposed to nuke power as we have it now…..yes, i know the energy i clean…..but the by-product is not…..and there is my problem with the energy….there is virtually no way to dispose of the waste material…..some of that stuff has a half-life of a bazillion years……
graphic novels and the SyFy network is always showing stuff like cool fusion and just how good it could be if it were ever invented……never fear…the future is near!
Nuclear fusion might be achieved in a preheated cylindrical container immersed in strong magnetic fields. A series of computer simulations performed at Sandia National Laboratories show the release of output energy that was, remarkably, many times greater than the energy fed into the simulation.
Sandia researcher Steve Slutz, lead author of the paper published at Physical Review Letters said, “People didn’t think there was a high-gain option for magnetized inertial fusion (MIF) but these numerical simulations show there is. Now we have to see if nature will let us do it. In principle, we don’t know why we can’t.” Take that to mean “might” moves to “could”.
The Sandia team is talking about high-gain or quite substantial returns past breakeven reactions.
Before we get too far let’s have a very brief refresher. The two leading Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (ICE) paths are from Dr. Robert Bussard with quite a bit of design information and the Rostocker design handled quietly by Tri-Alpha Energy. Add to those the plasma method gaining ground designed and led by Eric Lerner. The easiest comparison is the Bussard confinement design – a semi spherical (essentially a cube) volume held by magnetic fields within which fusion is occurring and expected to get past breakeven.
This year the press release explains the MIF technique heats the fusion fuel (deuterium-tritium) by compression as in normal inertial fusion, but uses a magnetic field to suppress heat loss during implosion. The magnetic field surrounds a small liner so together they act like a kind of shower curtain to prevent charged particles like electrons and alpha particles from leaving the party early and draining energy from the reaction.
At the top and bottom of the liner are two slightly larger coils that, when electrically powered, create a joined vertical magnetic field that penetrates into the liner, reducing energy loss from charged particles attempting to escape through the liner’s walls.
Once set up the simulated process relies upon a single, relatively low-powered laser to preheat a deuterium-tritium gas mixture that sits within the liner.
An extremely strong magnetic field is created on the surface of the liner by a separate, very powerful electrical current, generated by a pulsed power accelerator such as the Sandia Z accelerator machine. The force of this huge magnetic field pushes the liner inward to a fraction of its original diameter. It also compresses the magnetic field emanating from the coils. The combination is powerful enough to force atoms of gaseous fuel into intimate contact with each other, fusing them.
What they get is an implosion, everything crashing in rather than exploding out. The product we’re interested in is heat, and the new work shows there is a lot of it.
Heat released from that reaction raises the gaseous fuel’s temperature high enough to ignite a layer of frozen and therefore denser deuterium-tritium fuel coating the inside of the liner. The heat transfer is similar to the way kindling heats a log: when the log ignites, the real heat – here high-yield fusion from ignited frozen fuel – begins.
Tests of physical equipment necessary to validate the computer simulations are already under way at Sandia’s Z accelerator. Sandia engineer Dean Rovang expects a laboratory result by late 2013. Sandia has already performed preliminary tests of the coils. Portions of the design are slated to receive their first tests this month and continue into early winter.
Physics is just cool! Thoughts?
We all have heard the rhetoric about the price of gas….it is Obama’s fault…..we need to drill more…..American oil will bring the prices down…sorry, sports fans but NONE of that is true! At best it is just electioneering bumper stickers….but the American people are always falling for bullsh*t and why would this be any different, if anything it will get more traction because it effects most Americans daily…….
Let’s look at a few facts…….by 2006, the US was the 3rd leading oil producer in the world…..we are drilling so much that we have become an oil exporter for the first time since 1949 and oil production is up 10% since Obama is been the president….and NONE of that has brought the cost of gas down…..and now they want me to believe that more drilling will do that which it has not done in at least 5 years…..sorry asshats… I am NOT that gullible!
Gasomics 101: Drilling does not affect gas prices at the pump despite rhetoric
Impact of the price of crude oil
Impact of gas taxes and taxes on oil companies
The federal excise tax on gasoline is 18.4 cents a gallon—the same as under George Bush. States add taxes ranging from a low of 8 cents a gallon in Alaska to 31.9 cents a gallon in New York. Gas taxes do not move with the price of oil or the price of gas.
Oil companies and their apologists blame taxes for high prices. Truth is, oil companies have so many write offs and subsidies, they actually pay almost no federal tax.
Impact of refineries
A very large portion of the cost difference between crude oil, and price of gas is the cost of refining it. Previous increases were the result of a reduction in refining capacity. Hurricane Katrina damaged oil refineries in the gulf reducing capacity. Fires at refineries also cut capacity. None of that is occurring now. Gas supplies are normal.Are the President’s policies to blame for current gas prices?The actual answer is that gasoline prices are not really affected by any policy of the Obama administration. Domestic production is increasing, not decreasing.After a short moratorium on drilling in the Gulf after the BP disaster, permits for new deep water oil wells are being issued. The recent Exxon discovery was from a well permitted after the BP moratorium was lifted. The President announced a week ago new policies to speed up domestic oil production even more.It is an election year, and Americans are hurting from high gas prices. It creates a convenient opportunity to blame the public’s misery on the President to win votes. The facts do not support this rhetoric, but in political speeches, facts seldom come into play. Production declined under every Republican President and Republican Congress since Nixon.
A few days ago the Obama Admin dropped its approval of the Keystone XL pipeline…..as he finished his speech the Repubs were dashing for the microphones, even tripping over each other to get their political message out there of how Obama was betraying the American people….apparently, they do NOT realize how pathetic they look in these mad dashes to get the political message out there……the GOP of course, had to rile against the crushing of millions of jobs and the dependency on foreign oil and the whole Obama agenda…..
Findings about the pipeline from Politicsusa…….
Republicans attached the pipeline approval condition to enrich the oil industry and not for job creation regardless of their lies to the contrary. The only people who will benefit from the Keystone XL pipeline is the oil industry that is on its way to earn $130 billion in 2011.
One tactic used to destroy a country from within is dissemination of misinformation and outright lies to convince a population that certain policies are beneficial when in reality; they are not in the public’s best interest. Republicans have used misinformation for thirty years to convince imbeciles that giving the rich more wealth is good for job creation, the economy, and America even though the trickle-down economic theory has proven fallacious since its inception. The payroll tax cut extension dispute has brought another set of Republican lies and misinformation that a pipeline from Canada to Texas will create tens-of-thousands of jobs as well as give Americans more oil. Since Republicans are not known for veracity in their statements, any arguments promoting the Keystone XL pipeline project as creating jobs and helping America’s energy independence must be judged as what they are; blatant lies.
Republicans have claimed the Keystone XL pipeline is going to create anywhere from tens-of-thousands to hundreds-of-thousands of jobs depending on which GOP liar is speaking. The payroll tax cut President Obama brokered in December 2010 certainly created jobs because as families had more cash on hand, they spent more at private sector businesses and they in turned hired more employees. Surveys and polls of private sector business owners revealed they hire more workers when consumers have more income to spend. The Republicans have made numerous attempts to kill jobs, and it is one reason they oppose the payroll tax cut extension. Republicans attached the pipeline approval condition to enrich the oil industry and not for job creation regardless of their lies to the contrary. The only people who will benefit from the Keystone XL pipeline is the oil industry that is on its way to earn $130 billion in 2011.
It is important to understand how Republicans came up with the tens-of-thousands of jobs created fallacy; the pipeline’s owners revealed their tactics that inflated potential job numbers. TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling said Friday that 13,000 jobs would be created to build the pipeline. According to Girling, the figure was “one person, one year,” which means if the construction jobs lasted two years, the number of people employed in each of the two years would be 6,500. The 6,500 figure is in line with State Department projections that estimate the pipeline will create between 5,000 and 6,000 construction jobs. Another independent study by the Cornell Labor Institute found there were less jobs than the State Department estimates and they said the pipeline will “actually create ‘no more than’ 2,500-4,650 temporary direct construction jobs for two years.”Anything that creates jobs should be considered worth looking at, but compared to a full year’s extension of the payroll tax cut, the pipeline is sorely lacking.
All that is well and good, but let us look at the other part of the argument of the pipeline…..it would lessen our dependence on foreign oil, right? Now ask yourself what is Canada? By foreign meaning anything other than the USA…..Canada is a foreign country. Now make oil cheaper…….if OPEC sets the oil prices at $100 a barrel then Canada will charge that….it is about profit…not making the US feel better about the amount of oil they use……and if you think gas prices will decline because of the pipeline then you are just smoking CRACK!
Let us be real for a moment….the real function of the pipeline is to make more profits for the oil industry and has very little to do with a job for hungry Americans…..or our dependency of the black goo!
With all that said…..all you supporters of the pipeline and the lies of thousands of jobs…..never fear….it is NOT over and will be back after the 2012 election……so pat yourself on the back for it will happen….just not right now!
If you are an old fart like me you will remember the humor that was the Keystone Cops……and today we have another Keystone humor if it were not so sad!
A good friend of mine, a person who truly believes that drilling will break our dependency on oil, ask me why I had not written much about the environment lately…..and I had no good answer other than the silliness of politics is all consuming…..this is a person who in the past has called me an eco-commie….so to make him happy I will now write about the Keystone XL Pipeline……
A little background…..this pipeline will run through the middle of America from Canada’s oil fields to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas…..there are those that protest the pipeline and those that see it as a good thing (especially the oil industry)……of course the con side of the issue is that it would be a polluting problem waiting to happen…then there are those that think this is a good idea because it will create thousands of jobs, relieve our oil dependency are the two big pro side arguments…..
But those jobs created will be temp jobs…..how will it end our dependency on foreign oil….it will be pumped out of Canada. The last time I checked Canada was not part of the US (you can thank a disastrous attempt in 1812 to invade Canada)…it is still NOT American oil! And then the one thing that few have mentioned is….national security. A continuous pipeline that runs for that many miles is a perfect target for a terrorist attack…..any spill will effect a large segment of the water table and water is not something we need to put in jeopardy (kinda like the absurd idea of frakking)……
And then there is the most transparent use of the fear card….T. Boone Pickins was interviewed on the pipeline and being an oil man he is all for it….but his argument is if it is not built all that oil will go to China….would that be one of his companies that sells it to China?
Obama has step forward to oppose tying the pipeline to tax cuts extension…but that is a game. He and his cronies have postponed the decision on the pipeline to after the 2012 election….go figure! Obama does not want this to be an issue that would alienate the environmentalist until after the election…….and you could almost wager that it will be a done deal in some form after he is re-elected……so his opposition is half-hearted at best.
To me, the only people that would actually benefit from this pipeline is the oil industry. PERIOD! It is a bad idea on so many levels.
Saturday and my mind is in neutral……that slowdown in an effort to keep the cogs from overheating……and this is a draft so that I do not start the overheating process….
Like so many of my fellow bloggers there are times when posts will not come or that more notes were made than posts and we feel that we must get the thoughts out there for others to see and use, if they like….in my case it is the note thingy….I make hundreds a day and very few become actual posts and then I just throw the others out there for comment…….
1–A TV ad for Subaru says that it this one plant is so environmentally friendly that it has said lots of trees….so many that it would add up to 290 million sheets of paper……thinking……if I am not mistaken…..trees must be cut down to make paper…..so what’s the point?
2–Another energy company ad states that that America is in luck because North America has huge resources of oil in the form of oil sands and that mining it would create millions of jobs……thinking…….those sands are in Canada……so why would we Americans want to create millions of jobs for Canada?
3–the “Boner” is a prick! (pun intended)……..Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s (D-AZ) husband scolded House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) “for failing to visit his wounded wife while she was recovering from injuries sustained in a shooting in his and Giffords’ new book,” according to The Hill.
Boehner was in Houston for a basketball game while Giffords was in rehabilitation in the same city.
Writes Mark Kelly: “Considering that she was a member of Congress and he was the highest-ranking member, we thought he’d ask to visit Gabby or at least give a call to see how she was doing. Our only contact with him had been a simple get-well card he’d sent a few days after Gabby was injured.”
4–You can get 3% back on a card that cost $50-60 a year to have…..how much were you gonna spend a year….pay cash and save money…just a thought!
5– have you seen the ad where the deficit problem is compared to an addiction? It is put out by some worthless PAC, the Dingoes Looking For Children PAC or something like that…..anyway it is pure BS….the American economy would bottom out if not for credit…spending more than you make…..only the stupid would watch this ad and yell YES at the TV……
6–Has anyone else noticed that there are more red heads on TV now…not that I am bitching…I am partial to red heads……
7–Is Karaoke Japanese for tone deaf?
8–We hear all politicians talk about the way to create jobs is to empower the innovators….thinking…..Steve Jobs was an amazing innovator, btw he is still dead, and most of the jobs he created were in China…..innovation does NOT necessarily create American jobs.
9–What the Hell is Chicken Fried Chicken?
10-I believe it was Twain that said….”in a country that values physical strength there is so little worth for moral strength” (a paraphrase)……..
There you have it…. a little mental masturbation to keep the mind from vegetating…..please gimme your thoughts.