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BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!

Anonny Mouse 27 Apr 06 - 03:30 PM
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gnu 27 Apr 06 - 04:17 PM
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Rapparee 27 Apr 06 - 11:41 PM
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Bobert 27 Apr 06 - 11:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Apr 06 - 12:56 AM
Metchosin 28 Apr 06 - 01:16 AM
Richard Bridge 28 Apr 06 - 01:47 AM
dianavan 28 Apr 06 - 02:02 AM
Bev and Jerry 28 Apr 06 - 02:05 AM
GUEST,Dazbo 28 Apr 06 - 11:16 AM
Jack the Sailor 28 Apr 06 - 11:20 AM
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Subject: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Anonny Mouse
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 03:30 PM

OK--I've HAD it with all this drilling for oil, no-oil, 75.00 a barrel oil, outrageous gas prices CRAP. I don't care WHAT anyone says about the cost of living index in 1973--Even at my meager income, the proportion that went to fill my tank with gas was NOT what it is today.

Drill the dang ANWR now (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge). Yeah, Bullwinkle and Rocky may have to move a mile or so. Do you KNOW how much actual LAND is involved in drilling a well, and making it functional? It isn't what all the treeghuggers would have you believe.

Is the answer letting the nut-job asswipe running Iran dictate the oil market? the Stock Market? The local Exxon/Mobil station's prices? Well-he IS! I feel like "Network"--"we won't take it anymore!!!". Don't give me that jingoistic argument of what they pay in Europe. They also pay $5.00 for a Big Mac, and $88.00 for Levis' jeans. Yeah--lets all base our economy on that!

Fact it, we have more oil reserves than anyone knows. Until cars like the Prius, and othe Hybrids are the RULE rather than the exception, this getting us by the shorthairs in the middle east is simply unacceptable.

We ARE conserving, dammit! We DO have less polluting, less gas hogging cars!! We DON'T emulate petrolium pigs. Get the freakin oil we need from OUR OWN resources, and tell the Emirs, Dictators, Islamic-radical assholes to shove it! Oh yeah, I just filled a Mazda 4-Cylander "6" with $32.00 worth of gas for a freakin' $3.27 a gallon. It has a whopping 12 or so gallon tank. I'm MAD AS HELL, AND I WON'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 03:40 PM

Well...yes, I do...and it's not the actual RIG that is all of it...it's the roads, the human activity....why, just why do you think HUMANS are more important than Rocky and Bullwinkle, and irreplaceable habitat?


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Anonny Mouse
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 04:13 PM

Sorry--but IMHO they ARE. Geez--you don't see threads about the many miscarriages in Moose, or squirrels--which have become plague spreaders (they are nothing but cute, longtailed RATS!!!). Get with it. So--you think all of this should be precious, untouched, what...wilderness? There will still be PLENTY of that (last I read about 95-versus 5%). So Sorcha, c'mon. You have any kids? I do! I can barely figure out how to send them to college without bankrupting my wife and me. Is OIL a part of that?? You bet yer damn life it is!

Let me tell you this: I worked for the National Parks Dept., EPA, and many other well-intentioned Environmental firms (even one that sent me to Saudi Arabia 3 years ago because of data needed for the continuing pollution of air and water from that asshole Hussein, who set the wells on fire. Think that is ancient history? It ISN'T!!). Hussein did more to pollute the world's air than 500 oil wells in ANWR. I was involved in the uploading of data to Saudi computer experts on what was and wasn't "safe" yet--believe me--you won't read it in the papers--but the problem still exists!)

I digress: drilling in ANWR, if properly done (which it WOULD BE) by those who are far more evironmentally estute than the idiots you will read treatises from!) will only serve to be a stop-gap between an oil-based, and electronic based transportation system. I say DRILL NOW...and as for Bullwinkel, he will SURVIVE and then some. We're only talking of less than 100 square miles. You realize how MUCh is up there??? Millions. Get real, Sorcha. You are ill-informed.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: gnu
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 04:17 PM

Yes, very little habitat is involved. However, the problem... the real problem... still exists. When humans make mistakes, as they have sometimes been known to do, the "very little" turns into a shitload.

Chernobyl? James Bay? Valdez?...

Wind and solar, used to produce H, used in solid cells, is expensive, with one exception... it is almost completely environmentally friendly. Now... what costs more? over the life cycle?

Capitalist versus communist economics? You bet.... and, you'd better vote in the next election. Otherwise, she'll be comin round the mountain again, rather than tunneling through it, right up yer kilt.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: number 6
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 04:20 PM

ETHANOL Petroleum .. NOW!

sIx


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: beardedbruce
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 04:38 PM

"Wind and solar, used to produce H, used in solid cells, is expensive, with one exception... it is almost completely environmentally friendly."

Well, SOLAR is not ( currently) environmentally friendly to PRODUCE. I agree the production of ENERGY is, but the production of solar panals and cells are NOT. Look at the whole life-cycle: Production, operation, and End-of-life disposal.

Now, geothermal and tidal, on the other hand... but who wants to give up their beaches?


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Anonny Mouse
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 11:41 PM

Well--I was on quite a toot earlier. I guess it was pulling in my garage in my mostly environmentally friendly 4 cyl Mazda (which is a lease). I'm out of the whole ecological circuit right now--moved on (and away). Part of it was STRESS, and the buerocratic nighmare that is part of being a decent conservationist. But I digress.

Beardedbruce's post above is a great example of the vicious circles the energy industry finds itself caught up in. Interestingly enough (to me at least) is the fact that about 50% of the price of per-barrel oil is dictated by speculators...not supply and demand. What one has to hope for is that like the speculators who pushed dot coms waaaaaay beyond actual value will be having the same effect on the oil market. The big joke is that the market could be so overvalued right now, it could crash, and we'd drop back to a barrel being in the $30.00 range.

Meanwhile, the downside would be that the momentum toward hybrid vehicles, ethanol, wind and solar technologies will again be unattractive. Like Rosanne Rosannadanna said--"well, it just goes to show you it's always SOMETHING."


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 11:41 PM

I will give up my beaches. Of course, Idaho is pretty danged landlocked.

Let's say the powers that be said, "Drill the ANWR." Man, it would be three to five YEARS before the first barrel was produced if they started drilling this very minute.

You want oil? Why not develop the oil shales the US has? We could have oil flowing within 18 months to two years -- closer than the ANWR because the oil shales are all over the American west.

Know where most of the oil from the North Slope went, by the way? Japan. Like the wood from the Tongass forest did and does. And that's because Japan is closer to Alaska than the rest of the US is!

China is buying oil, lots of oil. So is India. It's what's known as "free market economics" and much beloved by business.

And I just paid US $33.00 to fill up my wife's car....

I think the message is that we will have to learn to adapt, to live with it....


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: robomatic
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 11:44 PM

We've had some good ANWR related threads already. Briefly put, ANWR presents little by way of danger to actual animal populations. Developing ANWR represents a loss of pristine habitat. It is not a great deal of territory per se, but it will never be the same.

ANWR represents a significant potential resource from a point of view of absolute dollars. From a percentage point of view of how much fuel the United States consumes, it is not going to change any geopolitical relationships, unless the United States makes a forthright commitment to CONSERVATION.

The strongest reasons to develop ANWR now is that the environmental lobby is still quite strong and can negotiate some developmental safeguards. Also the infrastructure already in the far north is not getting any younger.

If ANWR is developed as part of a coherent unified energy policy which recognizes the increasing cost to the United States both in terms of money and in terms of dependence, then IMO it's potentially worth it. If the attitude is "Hey, it's costing too much to refill my HUMMER", the development of ANWR will achieve very very little.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Bobert
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 11:48 PM

Well, well, well...

15,000 barrels a day from ANWR compared to the millions of barrels a day thaat we burn????

Do the math, Mousey....

How do you spell "red herring"???


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 12:56 AM

Bobert is correct, A. Mouse, you've bought the party line. ANWR isn't going to take the pain out of your pocketbook at the gas pump any time soon, and probably never. The type of oil, the cost to produce it, the time it takes to develop that field, all work against you.

This came out just over a year ago, and some might find it useful. In reading about research in the area, there are already wells in the surrounding area but they are "tight holes," meaning the owners are keeping the information about their output completely secret.


    FACTBOX-Key Facts About ANWR's Land, Oil, Wildlife
    link
    Reuters, USA: March 17, 2005

    WASHINGTON - The US Senate on Wednesday approved a Republican plan to allow drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The drilling measure, attached to the Senate's version of a federal government budget resolution, still faces opposition from Democrats and several legislative hurdles before it could become law.

    The following are key facts about ANWR:

    LAND
    Encompasses 19.6 million acres in northeastern Alaska that includes the Brooks Mountain Range with peaks over 9,000 feet high, lakes, rivers and a rock mesa. Within the refuge, 8 million acres are designated as federal wilderness. The entire refuge lies north of the Arctic Circle and is about the size of the state of South Carolina. About 90,000 acres within ANWR and adjacent to its coastal plain is owned by the Kaktovik Inupiat Corp., a native tribe of about 220 residents.

    WILDLIFE
    Home to 45 types of land and marine mammals including the bowhead whale, polar and grizzly bears and moose. ANWR's coastal plain is used as a nursery by caribou in the summer months and by polar bears in the autumn. Some 180 species of birds have been observed in the refuge, including migratory birds such as Dunlins from China, Buff-breasted Sandpipers from Argentina and Tundra Swans from Maryland.

    OIL POTENTIAL
    The Interior Department and the US Geological Survey believe the best geologic prospects for a major oil discovery are in ANWR's coastal plain, located about 100 miles east of Alaska's Prudhoe Bay.

    The government estimates up to 16 billion barrels of oil in ANWR are technically recoverable, although much of that would be too expensive to produce at today's prices. With prices were at or above $35 a barrel, energy companies could economically recover an estimated 6 billion barrels of oil from ANWR.

    The oil estimates are based on seismic surveys, aerial surveys and geological investigations. No exploratory drilling has been allowed in ANWR except for one well in the winter of 1984-85 on land owned by the Kaktovik Inupiat Corp.

    If leasing is permitted on ANWR and commercial exploration and development begins, it could take up to 12 years before any oil reaches the market, according to government and industry estimates. [my emphasis]


SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Metchosin
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 01:16 AM

I don't know about giving up beaches, but I can think of many hundreds of fjords along this coast that I'd gladly give over to hundreds and hundreds of underwater "wind" mills, than see one single Exon Valdes sail past.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 01:47 AM

Let's try to have a future worth having, eh? Why do Americans or at least some of them seem to think they have a god-given right to the cheapest petrol and the biggest cars in the civilised world - and fail to connect that to global warming and coastal drowning?


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: dianavan
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 02:02 AM

A. Mouse - "I can barely figure out how to send them to college without bankrupting my wife and me."

Join the club. We all wonder how our children will be able to attend college or university. I don't think you can blame that on the caribou or the Gwich'in people.

The caribou use that land as their calving grounds! Thats like closing your local hospital and telling pregnant women to find another place to give birth. Robo says, "ANWR presents little by way of danger to actual animal populations," but I have yet to see any proof of that.

Drilling for oil in that region will also strike at the heart of the Gwich'in people. Cultural genocide is not a pretty sight. Do you really think your children's education is more important than the survival of people who depend on a healthy caribou herd?

What makes what you want, more important than what they need?

Your economic woes pale in comparison.

Besides that, what makes you think that drilling in ANWAR will solve any of your problems? Its doubtful if any of that oil will ever reach U.S. markets. Even if it did, by the time it got there, the price would be much more than it is today.

"Emirs, Dictators, Islamic-radical assholes," presidents, CEO's, prime ministers and premiers, etc., do not give a rat's ass about you or your kids. You have no control over the price of oil and never will. The only thing you can control is your reaction to their policies.

The only way to free yourself from your dependency is to find an alternative. The best alternative I have been able to find is to work for a greener, sustainable future. Don't blame it on the caribou or the Gwich'in people. They were here long before you and your greed. What makes you so important?

Tell your kids to get a job and pay their own way through university. Thats more opportunity than most kids have. Get real! Why should others have to subsidize you and your family?


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 02:05 AM

Here is more than you ever wanted to know about this subject. It's from the latest issue of National Geographic. Be sure to look at the "photo gallery" and the "interactive map" links in the upper left corner. The map takes forever to download so be patient.

Both the map and the photos are much more impressive in print so get the actual magazine if you can.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: GUEST,Dazbo
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 11:16 AM

3.27 a (US) gallon. I make that about 90cents a litre. which is about 53 GB pence a litre. Which is about 40 pence a litre (i.e. about 68 cents) less than we have to pay.   STOP MOAINING AND PAY UP!


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 11:20 AM

drilling in ANWAR would make some money for US oil companies, but it will make no measurable difference to US prices or supply.

Now if 50% of the 15 MPG SUV's were traded for 25 MPG minivans....


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 11:38 AM

as said above, it would take several years to GET oil from ANWR, and then that supply would only be a partial help for few more years....all the while taking chances with environmental damage..etc.

Brazil is 'almost' self-sufficient now, using ethanol, because they started years ago. A serious effort along those lines would help us....and some oil shale mining might help, although the mess it makes would be quite a concern.

Wind power, tidal power...etc. should also be investigated, and research on alternative powers sources for cars MUST be accelerated.

We can deal with SOME of the problems, but make no mistake. life is gonna change for us...and especially for our kids! We will NOT be able to blow down the highway at 70MPH in SUVs and tour all summer in 40 foot motor homes forever!

Remember, China has this notion that IT will achieve the same level of life-style that we have taken for granted, and they have few compunctions about how to achieve it. Simple math...too many people, too few resources, and SOME of those resources NON-renewable means that we MUST figure out how to live with the final numbers in the equation.

sorry, A. Mouse...I don't like it either...(I have a 15 passenger Dodge van bought 10 years ago for use to haul stuff to craft shows, and it only gets about 15 MPG....I have cut its use for anything other than required trips to almost nothing.)


of course, you could always join this group: "Thursday, April 27, 2006, clergy from around the Washington, DC and MD area will gather in downtown DC to pray for the lowering of gas prices. "


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 11:39 AM

that was me above...lost cookie


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Anonny Mouse
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 11:50 AM

First-some constructive replies/suggestions. The oil shale being one. Second, this ain't just about ME, or MY kids...it's about a lot of folks and a lot of kids.

Methinks you protesteth too much when you mention "...blowing (sic) down the highways at 70MPH in SUV's and tour all summer in 40 foot motor homes forever!" Dunno 'bout you, but I only know ONE family in my neck of the woods with a motorhome/RV vehicle. Granted we live in a smallish, population-wise, area.

Yes-drilling ANWR will be a long process...but as mentioned, a good deal of the price of oil is set by SPECULATORS in commodities (about 50%). Even a token move beyond Dubya stopping the flow of oil to the SOR...which was pretty trasparent and ineffective...will help drive some prices down. I applaud nations that have become more energy independent through ethanol distillation. I believe the price of oil has now crossed the line where such previous attempts ARE now worth it. All of this while listening to how Chevron has just announced RECORD oil profits for this quarter...the second to do so.

Yeah-a group of clergy will pray for the lowering of gas prices. That will definitely do it. Gonna get my bus tix this afternoon and see if I can start it up again. Too bad I missed it LOL.

It ain't a "red-herring" Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: CarolC
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 11:56 AM

Get a diesel car and burn bio-deisel. You don't have a right to destroy the livelihood of another people (many other peoples in fact) just so you can pay cheap prices at the pump. Take responsibility for yourself.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 11:58 AM

My wife and I have driven vehicles that have AVERAGED more than 25 mpg since we were married in 1973 -- I have the records and can prove it. We now have ONE vehicle that gets an average of 22-23 mpg, and that's the first on in 33 years with mileage like that!

We have also recycled during that whole time.

My nieces and nephews have and are paying their own way through college, via scholarships, grants, work, the GI Bill and loans; their parents did the same (and repaid every penny of the loans, too). Builds character -- and I'm not being facetious about that.

I'm not normally one to get annoyed; I'll leave a thread first. But this time I say: Start changing or start dying. It's the same choice humans have always had.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 12:06 PM

And that applies to everyone. No matter where you live.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 12:09 PM

" we live in a smallish, population-wise, area."

We do not...we live near Wash DC, and big vehicles going fast are everywhere. I know several people with large Motor Coaches...one of which is about as big as is legal. It is parked in a shed right now, with its future use uncertain.

We have severe traffic problems, with rush-hour traffic backed up for miles in many places. I am NOT going to a couple of festivals this Summer that I would like to, because I simply can't justify the gas to get there.

I repeat...ANWR would, at the most optimistic scenario, do very little to lower your gas prices, because by the time it is on line, world use will have outstripped possible benefits.

ANWR would be only a VERY dubious and expensive band-aid.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 12:28 PM

I actually may start shopping mostly at grocery stores that I don't like that are within ½ mile of my home, rather than some that are 2-4 miles away, just to save extra gas. People I know are beginning to car-pool just to go to certain folk music events....whenever it is convenient. (It is NOT always, because a lot of us live in widely dispersed places)


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Stringsinger
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 12:35 PM

Dear Anonny Mouse,

You can't drill your way to a solution of this problem. ANWR represents only a little fraction of the oil that's needed.

If you are so angry with the price of gas, perhaps a question is in order. Why elect Bush who is the supreme would-be oil man with the idea that he would be impartial to the regulation of exorbitant salaries of the Exxon and other oil companies CEOs?

The supply and demand propaganda is a red-herring. You can't blame it all on Iran, either. Those who voted for Bush deserve to be paying an arm and a leg for their gas in their SUV's.

Do you think Bush really has an alternative energy program with Cheney and his cronies in the oil industries calling the shots? Be mad at what Bush is doing and throw him out at the next election. Maybe then you'll see gas prices regulated.

Oh that's right. Government is not allowed to regulate. De-regulation on Reagan ruined the airlines so it will probably mean more of the same for health care, getting a decent minimum wage, more Taft Hartley and higher gas prices.

If you voted for Bush you deserve what you get.

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 01:38 PM

I just spent a great deal of time and effort counting all this up on my fingers and toes, so listen up!

Cold, hard facts:

Latest estimate I heard (a couple of days ago) America consumes 20,000,000 barrels of oil per day. That's 20 million.

The projected yield (an assumption, by the way) of oil under ANWR:   16,000,000,000. That's 16 billion.

That sounds like a lot, but unlimber your fingers and take off your shoes so you can count, now. . . .

Assuming that the oil companies that drill for the oil don't sell it somewhere else—
That would last America 800 days. That's 8 hundred. Or
2 years, 2 months, and 10 days. Or
26 months, 2 weeks, and 6 days. Or
114 weeks, and 2 days.

Then, what?

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Anonny Mouse
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 02:22 PM

Point taken Don. However, 800 days is not chump change in time. Kennedy lasted, what, 1000 days? How long was "Desert Storm"? OK-bad analogy. All I'm saying is a LOT can happen in 2 years and 2 months.

Consider: from the US there will be a new Prez, cabinet and complete change (one can hope) in leadership. 800 days might buy us some time for auto companies to really get on the hybrid bandwagon; 800 days might build some more ethenol refineries; 800 days could see Iran's present government fall flat on its collective ass; 800 days could easily see the current 30-40% "speculative" price of Oil Per Barrel lose its bottom. 800 days will NOT solve our energy crises: I'm not that naive.

But...when I was in energy/environment/ecology as a vocational field, 800 days *could* be an eternity. It also was (for me, at least) a drop in the time bucket in other respects. I'm sure that many of you might be surprised to learn that Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other major middle-east oil companies are STILL in an environmental mess from Hussein lighting up all those well-heads, and destroying untold masses of land, wildlife and natural resources...and THIS from 1991!! So, I am sensitive to (and professionally aware of) REEEEAAALLY SCARY things like the U.S. "nuking" Iran's nuke facilities. In all honesty, the prospect of this will dwarf EVERYTHING. Believe it.

Rant du jour over. Thanks for tuning in, y'all come back now, heah?


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: gnu
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 02:47 PM

Sorry Beardedbruce.... I was not aware that these solar panels had a short life and no re-cycle capability. Got any specific research to point to so that I don't have to sift through years of info on that? Thanks in advance.

Oh, gee, I forgot to mention that the use of solar panels in the production of H is a terrible waste of resources. I forgot to mention things like, say... mirror arrays can produce steam to generate electricity which can be used to produce H. The start up costs are a tad high, but the life cycle cost is near nil and the pollution is near nil.

I really don't know much about the technology. All I know about are the economics. The fact is that the oil companies don't give a shit about life cycle costs or the environment or how many people die. All they care about is making as much money as possible and early retirement.

Our capitalistic econonmy generates this mindset. Unfortunately, the only time a communistic approach seems to be taken is when we are talking about the military... efficient universal medicare is not attainable but let's all get together and nuke Iran? What the fuck?

Anyway, it's Friday, and it's happy hour. Think I'll have a few Buds. That's a few nickels for the NRA. After all, if Mad Max comes after me gas, I'll need me guns, eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 02:48 PM

You really want cheaper Gasoline -Note, Gasoline, NOT oil- then Build refineries. A severe lack of refining capacity is a major factor in rasisng gasoline prices in the US.

You want cheaper Oil, then tell Saudi Arabia to drill lots more wells. It's the easiest, and hence cheapest*, place to get a new oil well on line fast, and they have the infrastructure in place

You want to do something sensible? Get a small car that will do 50+ miles per gallon.


* IIRC, the actual cost to pump oil out of the ground in Saudia Arabia is 5-8 dollars a barrel. This is far lower than anywhere else........Well, probaly excepting the other oil producing counties of the Persian Gulf.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 02:58 PM

While it is six years old, most of the info in this is still valid, I believe, thoughs ome of the figures may have changed, i.e. American rate of consumption, etc. It's from when I was writing a monthly op/ed column for several newspapers:

"Keep Alaska's Arctic Coastal Plain
safe from Bush-sanctioned oil exploration"

   The Arctic Coastal Plain is so critical for wildlife and so rich with diversity it has been dubbed "America's Serengeti." It is the calving area for the Porcupine Caribou Herd of almost two hundred thousand. There is no nutritional alternative to the important forage the caribou find on the ACP.

   Literally millions of birds migrate from places as far flung as Asia, South America, and Chesapeake Bay to nest there; raising their young, molting, and feeding in preparation for their return migrations. It also abounds with grizzly bears, wolves, arctic foxes, and golden eagles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called it "the center for wildlife activity for the entire refuge."

   George W. Bush would change all of that. In the first presidential debate, he accused Al Gore of using scare tactics to win votes. In virtually the next breath he brandished his own bogey-man in the way of dependence on foreign oil. He would open up Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in particular the Arctic Coastal Plain, to the oil field industry. The ANWR covers 19.6 million acres, almost half of it designated wilderness. The crucial part of it which Bush wants to open for exploration is a 1.5 million acre portion of Alaska's Arctic Coastal Plain. Those 1.5 million acres are the only part of the ACP which is included in the Refuge, and as such, protected. Those 1.5 million acres are also the only place which contains all of the Arctic sub-ecosystems in one protected area. The rest of the Arctic Coastal Plain, the ninety-five percent not covered by the Refuge, is already available for oil and gas exploration.

   During the Reagan administration, the Department of Interior found there was a chance of less than one in five of ever finding recoverable oil in the ANWR. If oil companies beat those odds and strike pay dirt, both the Department of Energy and the U.S. Geological Survey have said it would most likely amount to a mere 3.2 million barrels, which would only last a few months in meeting the needs of American consumers. It would also take about ten years to even hit the market. Ninety-five percent of Alaska's North Slope is available for oil exploration. Oil companies expect to step up their production on the North Slope with forecasted increases of 15-17%, all without opening any of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

   Americans consume 25% of the world's oil. America has, at the most, reserves of 2-3% of the world's oil. Even if we sacrificed all of our wilderness areas, parks, coastlines, etc., we would never be able to become independent of foreign oil; at our present rate of consumption, there literally is not enough oil in the ground for development. Leaders, who have real vision and care about the earth as a whole and her peoples, must encourage conservation and development of alternatives such as wind and solar energies, but especially fuel cell technology. Utilising hydrocarbon fuel from natural gas, methanol, or even gasoline, fuel cells rely on chemistry, rather than combustion resulting in very few emissions compared to even the cleanest fuel combustion process.

   America pays more than $5 billion per month for imported oil. A small percentage of those monies could bring fuel cell technology to a viable commercial basis within five years; create tens of thousands of jobs; reduce life and planet-threatening pollution; and preserve such important and pristine areas as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Coastal Plain.

   Since Bush has been governor of Texas, it has ranked number one in the country for pollution released by manufacturing plants; number one for pollution caused by industrial plants in violation of the Clean Air Act; and, number one in greenhouse emissions. Yet, Bush would have us believe he would protect the Arctic Coastal Plain from any damage caused by oil exploration.

   Maintaining and expanding the status quo is exactly what the majority of automobile manufacturers, oil companies and related industries want to do, no matter the enviromental costs. They have found a willing partner in Bush.

   If we really want our planet to remain viable, thus affording generations to come, literally, a chance at life, we have to say no to Bush's bogey-man of foreign oil dependence. We have to say no to prolonged and continued dependence on any oil. We have to say no to raping pristine wilderness and exploitation of our planet's resources. We must demand more monies for development of affordable technologies, now which can give hope of a better lifetime for those generations to come.

© October 10, 2000 Kat LaFrance
All rights reserved


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Anonny Mouse
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 04:27 PM

First, I dismiss the entire treatise above in terms of its accuracy. It is simpley more left-wing propaganda couched in pseudo-science to make you a "believer." The so-called "damage" would be miniscule in proportion to some of the benefits.

Like it or not, we live in a mechanized, industrial and technological age. While I do not debate the unhealthy lust for oil by the biggies (like US, UK, Europe and now, China!), ignoring new sources of petrol BEFORE things have switched over is not the Devil's work.

I WORKED for these guys!! I supported the "company line" for better than a decade. But I have left, and see the lies and half-truths for what they are. There is more than enough oil out there to sustain, and prospet us well into the 21st century--maybe beyond. As I said, most of the price of barrel oil is DICTATED by the Speculators--not actual MARKET CONDITIONS. Get these assholes outta there, and watch what happens to the "precious" barrels. They will drop like a rock in water. It's a fact, Jack. I learned a LOT about the behind-the-scenes fixing of prices, and illegal jacking up of the oil price. Seriously: it's a freakin' joke! It's ALL being controlled by foreign and domestic concerns. No...this is not some "Da Vinci" code, or off the wall conspiracy. It's there. Our so-called oil-rich leaders will not call a spade a spade. The ACTUAL price of per-barrel oil ought to be between 35-40 dollars. NOT $75.00.

Now, it is SERIOUSLY impacting on our economy, poor folks, borderline folks, folks all over the world. Posting here on it will not change a thing...which is why I have sent similar missles to many in upper echelon government positions. So far, the replies have been form letters, and more dissembling. But I will keep at it, because it is a national disgrace!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 04:59 PM

Okay, I'm definitely with you on that, Anonny! The levels of corruption are positively astronomical, and unfortunately the foxes are in charge of the chicken coop. Government regulation? Hell, that's where the foxes get together to plan for their next bucket of the Colonel's finest.

But—nothing personal to anyone, here's my take on it from the consumer level:

My wife and I are impacted just as much as anyone else by high gasoline prices. Well, not as much as some people. We drive a 1999 Toyota Corolla that gets excellent mileage, and in the seven years we've had it, we've only put about 15,000 miles on it. We use the car frugally. When the time comes when we need a new car, it will be a hybrid or something similar. The Prius wasn't available when we got the Corolla or that's what we would have bought. We have a friend who has one, and he loves it!

I have no bloody sympathy for the knothead who goes out an buys a Ford Expedition, a Chevy Suburban, or a Hummer and then pisses and moans about how much he has to pay to fill the tank—and then wants to dig up the whole bleedin' country looking for more oil so he can keep right on gushing pollutants into the atmosphere.

All I can say is "you buttered your bread, now lie in it!"

Tip when test-driving a vehicle you're thinking of buying:   if, when you step on the accelerator, it sounds like a toilet flushing, keep looking.

By the way, here's a point to keep in mind: a scientist friend of mine (and a well-known science fiction writer in his spare time) once said to me that we make an immense number of products, including some pharmaceuticals, from petroleum. Many more things than most people are aware of. Considering all of the things we take for granted that we would have to do without if we ever ran out of petroleum—not even considering powering automobiles—to waste petroleum by burning it to produce energy is a crime against future generations.

So maybe we'd just better hold some in reserve from the insatiable maw of the family gas tank.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: beardedbruce
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 05:02 PM

"By the way, here's a point to keep in mind: a scientist friend of mine (and a well-known science fiction writer in his spare time) once said to me that we make an immense number of products, including some pharmaceuticals, from petroleum. Many more things than most people are aware of. Considering all of the things we take for granted that we would have to do without if we ever ran out of petroleum—not even considering powering automobiles—to waste petroleum by burning it to produce energy is a crime against future generations."

Absolute agreement- oil is far to useful a raw material to waste for just energy production. (Am I really agreeing with Don F? - YES!!)


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: CarolC
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 05:11 PM

If the price is being controlled by foreign and domestic concerns, drilling in ANWR isn't going to accomplish anything at all, except putting a few more dollars in the pockets of these concerns at the expense of something precious and irreplaceable.

While I'm not very happy about the high prices enriching people who don't deserve it, we need high gasoline prices to motivate people to conserve more and to explore other fuel sources. The government won't do it. The oil companies won't do it. Consumer demand and the auto industry are going to have to do it. The only way that is going to happen is if it becomes too expensive for people to continue to drive gas guzzling vehicles.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Once Famous
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 05:13 PM

The thing is, there are truly plenty of people around who drive big SUVs and do make enough money to support them. they stand there and fill there tank and pay $80 to do it.

That still leaves them with a couple grand in their wallet to enjoy the day with. Sad but true. But they are not evil for having it and not blinking an eye at the gas pump. There are haves and have nots and somewhere in-betweens. That's life. Economics 101 cannot be blamed on George Bush, however big oil companies making record profits are not necessarily criminals either, unfortuanely. assholes, yes. but not neseecarily criminals.

BTW, I drive a 2003 Corolla. Gets 40 MPG on the highway and I love it.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 05:15 PM

Incredible!!

By the way, BB, the scientist/writer I spoke of is Jerry Pournelle, who tends to be--well--just a bit conservative, one might say. In fact, he himself calls Attila the Hun "a bleeding-heart liberal!"

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: beardedbruce
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 05:17 PM

OK. (He used to use a Zenith Z-100 to write on.)    8-{E


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: bobad
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 05:26 PM

Many products made from a base of petroleum can easily be made from renewable plant based materials, it's just cheaper and easier using petroleum within the existing infrastructure.

Henry Ford experimented with plant derived plastics in the 20s and 30s and by 1941 exhibited a prototype car made using a substantial amount of soybean and hemp derived plastic components. http://www.hempplastic.com/newSite/hp_fordCar.htm


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: beardedbruce
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 05:27 PM

IMO, the major problem is that most people want ONE solution to the energy problem.

Solar is fine for low level usage- but to refine aluminum you had best have nuclear. And the idea of putting nuclear in California, given the active fault lines, is stupid. ALL types of energy production need to be looked at, and the appropriate ones utilized.
Geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, wind, tidal... ALL have their place. BUT the entire life cycle MUST be looked at: Just because solar is "free" does not mean that we can afford the environmental impact of the heavy metals used in solar to electric cells. Now, solar/electric is considered "green" because we have sent the manufacture ( and pollution) over to SE Asia.

As for solar/steam, I think it is a great idea, but will produce limited energy for a given area. If we cover the entire area with 100% panals, can we even produce enough power to light the area we have covered? And will we need to? All questions NOT being asked by the advocates and opponants.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 05:57 PM

I heard a figure that other day, but I can't guarantee it for accuracy. The commentator claimed that if one quarter of the roof space in the United States were covered with solar panels, they would supply all of the country's electrical needs. Curious. Anybody else hear this? Or have any idea?

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: beardedbruce
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 06:02 PM

I have always heard 1/3 hp per square yard, in sunlight. But who needs lights during the day? 8-{E


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 06:45 PM

From today's Bob Park's 'What's New"

2. PASSING GAS: MAYBE HIGH GASOLINE PRICES AREN'T THE PROBLEM.
The outcry over the price at the pump has politicians scurrying to come up with immediate relief: Republican Senators proposed putting a $100 bill under everybody's pillow. This is direct and simple. In fact, it's the perfect response to every complaint, not just high gas prices. Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) called for a 60- day suspension of the federal tax on fuel. That'll work too, but people will be even happier if we make it permanent. After all, the national debt is so far out of control it no longer matters.
Republicans also want to start exploring for oil in wildlife refuges. That won't help much in the short term, but a chance to screw environmentalists doesn't come up every day. In short, American ingenuity will find a way. Or we could just let gas prices rise a little, but that might encourage a change to more fuel efficient cars, public transportation, getting a little exercise, cleaner air, shorter commutes, less traffic...


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 08:25 PM

Batteries, BB? Use the solar panels to charge them during the day, then use them when you need them.

If you trip over the first obstacle you encounter and then give up, you won't get very far.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: gnu
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 08:25 PM

Beardedbruce : "...we make an immense number of products, including some pharmaceuticals, from petroleum."

Indeed. But, when I order a tea in a restaurant and they bring me a little plastic jobbie of "milk" and it says "edible oil product" on it, I ask for a taste of the cow. It just ain't right.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: beardedbruce
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 08:39 PM

Don,

And the environmental impact of all those batteries, that will need to be replaced every few years? THAT is a major problem with solar. It would be better to use the daytime power to pump water up into storage, and run it back as hydroelectric, rather than use batteries.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: CarolC
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 09:05 PM

It's possible to produce electricity with a solar collector and sell whatever you don't use to the power companies. It would be a similar setup to the way things are now, except that the electricity would be produced by solar collectors on people's roofs instead of from burning coal or from hydro or nuclear power. The beauty of it is that the space is already disrupted from it's natural state because of having a house or other building on it, so no other natural spaces would need to be disrupted because of it.

http://www.backwoodssolar.com/interests/sellpower.htm

All it takes is a little imagination and some spunk. People can do what is needed.


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 09:28 PM

In another thread I told about Randy, an acquaintance of mine, who put up his own wind turbine, and of the legal hassles the power companies (but not his neighbors, who were rooting for him) put on him. He stuck to his guns, eventually won all the legal battles, and now his house is energy independent and he sells his excess power to the electric company.

A little ingenuity, along with the guts to carry it out.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Bobert
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 09:34 PM

We wouldn't be havin' this discussion if the United Sates had a sane foriegn policy...

The attack on Iraq and now the Bush sabre rattlin' against Iran has destabilized the oil rich Middle East and is the #1 cause of the prices folks pay fir petro....

Just fact!!!

So, I repeat... ANWR is a red herring...


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Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 09:54 PM

Well, Bobert, some folks are just hard of herring.

Don Firth


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