Friday, October 28, 2005

The stupidity of our energy policy is really starting to piss me off. The Department of Energy apparently announced that they want to expand the strategic petroleum reserves from 727 million barrels to somewhere around one billion, making the total days that the reserve would last, given national oil consumption somewhere around the two and a half month mark.
Part of the proposal involves possibly using some salt domes in South Mississippi as storage tanks, then running pipelines, probably through Jackson County, to the Gulf of Mexico. The pipelines would transport oil back and forth and deposit concentrated brine into coastal waters.
Oh yeah, and approximately 30 percent of the American oil supply comes from this area already. Good idea. Lump more essential resource into an area that has a problem with current and future natural disasters.
Economies based on oil are done.
Why won't someone at or near the top get some cajones and force the billions that go into research and development for extending a dying resource, which caused enough problems when it wasn't dying, and redirect it to alternatives?
I'm not even talking about renewables or green energy, though that would be lovely. This isn't a hippie thing. This is a 'substance that fuels every aspect of modern life is on the bad part of the bell curve' thing.

By the way, not that guys at or near the top are reading this, but the machinery and other necessary parts of research and development need something to run on, for lubrication and for other laboratory functions. Do you know what that is? It ain't cherry soda, Baby. It's freaking oil.
Why not squeeze the last drop out of the ground before getting to the point that you need oil in the transition away from oil?

And by the way again, domestic oil prices are affected by rough seas and storms. Oil tankers slow down or avoid rough spots. Diminished supplies over a few days moves that intersection point with the good old demand curve. Way to keep your society fueled by resources that need to be transported over thousands of miles. Oh yeah, resources thousands of miles away and resources negatively impacted by wind. It's a good thing there isn't that much wind on this planet.
Wake up! Damn.
I'm too peeved to edit this.


Blogger The Fergoosons said...

I totally agree with you!!! Now what do we do to make it happen the right way? Hey, just heard on NBC that with all the media focusing on New Orleans, starting Monday night, they will be focusing on the rest of the coast and the rebuilding and problems going on...I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing...

4:03 PM  
Blogger Sarabeth said...

We have to use the vote to get someone in office who give a damn about this issue.

Even my father, a conservative (the real kind, not the fake ones currently in power), realizes that fossil fuels are a dead end street.

You two are still doing a great job with this blog.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Jase said...

Simply marvellous photos on this blog and someone talking sense as well. Great. Until US petrol prices are about $6 a gallon and t
you don't have Presidents that personally make money out of the oil industry you aren't going to change things. If you switched to biodiesel in trucks that would be a start.

6:55 AM  
Blogger The Fergoosons said...

Another great SNAFU by Fema...Hired Kenyon International to recover the bodies in Lousiana from Katrina, then changed their minds over and over as to where they would be housed, causeing Kenyon much grief....(this from and article) Kenyon's president, Robert A. Jensen, wrote that his company was finding it difficult to meet its own standards in the task of recovering bodies as federal officials asked it to perform more and more duties. He also cited bureaucratic confusion - in one instance, he said, Kenyon workers had taken bodies to mortuary facilities only to find that the facilities had been relocated without the company's knowledge.

``Kenyon must have the authority to control what we need to get the job done without the impact of the bureaucratic quagmire in which we find ourselves,'' Jensen wrote. ANOTHER CASE OF THE RIGHT HAND NOT KNOWING (CARING) WHAT THE LEFT HAND IS DOING!!!

8:43 AM  
Blogger The Fergoosons said...

Was just looking over the blog since you guys started seems soooo long ago...I am still laughing where one of you said "We have Beer, Beef Jerky, and Scrabble, bring it on" Little did you know you would end up with less than that to your name when it was over....Wow, how our world has changed in 2 months!!! I am addicted to this site I tell ya!!! Maybe I just need to take a ride to Biloxi....

3:14 PM  
Anonymous barb from Canada said...

Isn't it amazing how nature's fury can change one's life in a split second.... i second the emotion Fergoosons i'm addicted to it too and i'm glad you guys are continuing this Blog . Thanks Mike and Josh

6:36 PM  
Blogger navah said...

this may peeve you too, Josh. I have been reading on a few websites that Congress is supposed to be investigating the response and recovery efforts for our battered Coast...It seems that no Democrats will be given subpoenas (House majority rules maybe?). What that means is people like Gene Taylor (D-MS) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) will have no voice in matters affecting their districts.

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