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Old 07-24-2013, 02:56 AM   #1
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Default Tar Sands spill in alberta that no one knows how to stop.

http://grist.org/news/no-one-knows-h...ds-oil-spills/

Welcome to the future of dino powered economies. As the "easy to access" sweet crude dries up, it'll become more profitable to do more risky things like trying to extract underground tar sands, which will result in messes like this.

“This is a new kind of oil spill and there is no ‘off button,’” said Keith Stewart, an energy analyst with Greenpeace who teaches a course on energy policy and environment at the University of Toronto. “You can’t cap it like a conventional oil well or turn off a valve on a pipeline.

“You are pressurizing the oil bed so hard that it’s no wonder that it blows out. This means that the oil will continue to leak until the well is no longer pressurized,” which means the bitumen could be seeping from the ground for months.

Let's inject pressurized steam into the ground to liquify the tar so we can suck it up. What? No way to release the pressure should something go wrong? Pfht, stand aside there's money to be made!

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Old 07-24-2013, 06:23 AM   #2
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Of course, when they build the Keystone pipeline, they'll be extra safe and careful. "Trust us."

I think that's what BP said about deep Gulf drilling.
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:03 PM   #3
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Of course, when they build the Keystone pipeline, they'll be extra safe and careful. "Trust us."

I think that's what BP said about deep Gulf drilling.
They did nothing without US Govt permission and the US Govt has since quietly restarted issuing permits to drill deep water off the Gulf Coast.

I fail to understand why you hold BP accountable for these assurances but not the feds.
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http://grist.org/news/no-one-knows-h...ds-oil-spills/

Welcome to the future of dino powered economies. As the "easy to access" sweet crude dries up, it'll become more profitable to do more risky things like trying to extract underground tar sands, which will result in messes like this.

“This is a new kind of oil spill and there is no ‘off button,’” said Keith Stewart, an energy analyst with Greenpeace who teaches a course on energy policy and environment at the University of Toronto. “You can’t cap it like a conventional oil well or turn off a valve on a pipeline.

“You are pressurizing the oil bed so hard that it’s no wonder that it blows out. This means that the oil will continue to leak until the well is no longer pressurized,” which means the bitumen could be seeping from the ground for months.

Let's inject pressurized steam into the ground to liquify the tar so we can suck it up. What? No way to release the pressure should something go wrong? Pfht, stand aside there's money to be made!
Great .... an opinion from a left wing liberal Greenpeace professor .....
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:31 AM   #5
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Great .... an opinion from a left wing liberal Greenpeace professor .....
Nice ad hominem, and sad inability to differentiate between an opinion and a fact being relayed.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:47 AM   #6
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Nice ad hominem, and sad inability to differentiate between an opinion and a fact being relayed.
Right nothing but the facts from an energy analyst with Greenpeace ........... he has no dog in this fight.
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Right nothing but the facts from an energy analyst with Greenpeace ........... he has no dog in this fight.
Didn't say that. Try again.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:39 AM   #8
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Right nothing but the facts from an energy analyst with Greenpeace ........... he has no dog in this fight.
Care to address specific points in the article, Mr. Environmental Scientist?
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Let's try the rightie way of solving this, ignore it and less regulation! right pony?

Blaze erupts on Gulf of Mexico rig after natural gas blowout

A fire erupted on a drilling rig off the Louisiana coast that was surrounded by a “major cloud of gas” after it experienced a blowout, officials said late Tuesday.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013...s-blowout?lite
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:38 AM   #10
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Petroleum will fail to dominate the energy markets when it is neither fiscally or environmentally prudent to extract it.

I am going to bet price will phase out oil much quicker than environmental issues...
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It's really cool when you can force your kid to promote Greenpeace and the gays at the same time, maybe we can put a little tar sand in his hair too.

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It's really cool when you can force your kid to promote Greenpeace and the gays at the same time, maybe we can put a little tar sand in his hair too.
And now we're just off to non-sequitur land. Typical.
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Imagine what the oil companies would do if organizations like Greenpeace didn't exist?
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http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-sp...ends_in_m.html

BP oil spill cleanup ending in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, Coast Guard and BP say




http://apr.org/post/cause-exxon-oil-...-investigation

Cause Of Exxon Oil Spill In Arkansas Under Investigation
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So, this thread went full retard in near record time.
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So, this thread went full retard in near record time.
Try and find one on the politics board that doesn't in under two pages. Damn near impossible.
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:44 AM   #17
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Try and find one on the politics board that doesn't in under two pages. Damn near impossible.
I said 'near record' you damn commie. learn to ****ing read.

/straw man/
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I said 'near record' you damn commie. learn to ****ing read.

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Well played, good sir. Well played.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:28 PM   #19
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I said 'near record' you damn commie. learn to ****ing read.

/straw man/
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Am I doing this right?
You need to focus more on the personal attacks.

Idiot!

But keep after it. You're getting there.
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What's the ROI/benefit to Oil Subsidies? Is it keeping the price at the pump down? How does this impact earnings reports for profits by companies that claim profit? Is that profit real, or adjusted due to the funding a company receives?
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What's the ROI/benefit to Oil Subsidies? Is it keeping the price at the pump down? How does this impact earnings reports for profits by companies that claim profit? Is that profit real, or adjusted due to the funding a company receives?
Paraphrasing from the following:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/energyso...als-love-them/

The largest BigOil "Subsidies" go towards:

Buying oil for the national strategic petroleum reserve.

Tax breaks for farmers who don't pay federal fuel taxes for the roads they don't drive on and...

low income energy assistance.

In other words, in any meaningful terms, they're not really subsidies to "Big Oil" at all. Just a nice talking point for the scapegoaters.
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Paraphrasing from the following:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/energyso...als-love-them/

The largest BigOil "Subsidies" go towards:

Buying oil for the national strategic petroleum reserve.

Tax breaks for farmers who don't pay federal fuel taxes for the roads they don't drive on and...

low income energy assistance.

In other words, in any meaningful terms, they're not really subsidies to "Big Oil" at all. Just a nice talking point for the scapegoaters.
http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/defau...ying%20ROI.jpg

The ROI on lobbyists doesn't make me feel that the subsidies are in the publics best interest. Anyone who is a free market person would be making a poor argument for giving redistribution of wealth to a profitable enterprise. That's a bad platform to support.

What i'm looking for is trying to find the # of how much the subsidies influence pricing: Pump price, transportation costs, packaging (plastics that are petrol based), etc.




PS: the subsidies for farms, has to do with ethanol. Which relates back to the problem of monoculture. You do realize also, that most pesticides and fertilizers that are chemical in large ag use are petrol derived? Which further questions the use of subsidized petrol.

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The ROI on lobbyists doesn't make me feel that the subsidies are in the publics best interest. Anyone who is a free market person would be making a poor argument for giving redistribution of wealth to a profitable enterprise. That's a bad platform to support.

What i'm looking for is trying to find the # of how much the subsidies influence pricing: Pump price, transportation costs, packaging (plastics that are petrol based), etc.




PS: the subsidies for farms, has to do with ethanol. Which relates back to the problem of monoculture. You do realize also, that most pesticides and fertilizers that are chemical in large ag use are petrol derived? Which further questions the use of subsidized petrol.
Not sure where you keep coming up with the subsidy angle. As I just finished pointing out. There really is no federal subsidy for big oil. The government buying oil for its own strategic purposes is not a subsidy to oil companies. The government waiving (transportation) taxes on farmers (for uses unrelated to publicly-funded transportation) is not a subsidy to oil companies. The government subsidizing energy costs for poor people is not a subsidy to big oil.

Where are you getting all these subsidies?
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Not sure where you keep coming up with the subsidy angle. As I just finished pointing out. There really is no federal subsidy for big oil. The government buying oil for its own strategic purposes is not a subsidy to oil companies. The government waiving (transportation) taxes on farmers (for uses unrelated to publicly-funded transportation) is not a subsidy to oil companies. The government subsidizing energy costs for poor people is not a subsidy to big oil.

Where are you getting all these subsidies?
So the oil companies are lobbying for what? Raisins? Toilet Paper? Cookies?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_subsidies

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A 2009 study by the Environmental Law Institute[7] assessed the size and structure of U.S. energy subsidies over the 2002–2008 period. The study estimated that subsidies to fossil-fuel based sources amounted to approximately $72 billion over this period and subsidies to renewable fuel sources totaled $29 billion. The study did not assess subsidies supporting nuclear energy.
The three largest fossil fuel subsidies were:
Foreign tax credit ($15.3 billion)
Credit for production of non-conventional fuels ($14.1 billion)
Oil and Gas exploration and development expensing ($7.1 billion)
The three largest renewable fuel subsidies were:
Alcohol Credit for Fuel Excise Tax ($11.6 billion)
Renewable Electricity Production Credit ($5.2 billion)
Corn-Based Ethanol ($5.0 billion)
In the United States, the federal government has paid US$74 billion for energy subsidies to support R&D for nuclear power ($50 billion) and fossil fuels ($24 billion) from 1973 to 2003. During this same timeframe, renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency received a total of US$26 billion. It has been suggested that a subsidy shift would help to level the playing field and support growing energy sectors, namely solar power, wind power, and biofuels.[8] However, many of the "subsidies" available to the oil and gas industries are general business opportunity credits, available to all US businesses (particularly, the foreign tax credit mentioned above). The value of industry-specific subsidies in 2006 was estimated by the Texas State Comptroller to be just $3.06 billion - a fraction of the amount claimed by the Environmental Law Institute.[9] The balance of federal subsides, which the comptroller valued at $7.4 billion, came from shared credits and deductions, and oil defense (spending on the SPR, energy infrastructure security, etc.).
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Fossil-fuel consumption subsidies were $409 billion in 2010, oil products ca half of it. Renewable-energy subsidies were $66 billion in 2010 and will reach according to IEA $250 billion by 2035. Renewable energy is subsidized in order to compete in the market, increase their volume and develop the technology so that the subsidies become unnecessary with the development. Eliminating fossil-fuel subsidies could bring economic and environmental benefits. Phasing out fossil-fuel subsidies by 2020 would cut primary energy demand 5%. Since the start of 2010, at least 15 countries have taken steps to phase out fossil-fuel subsidies. According to IEA onshore wind may become competitive around 2020 in the European Union.[19]
Maybe do a little more research into a topic other than finding one article that supports your incorrect view point.

If you want to dig in further:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=energy+subsidies
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The liberals love to demonize oil companies, but continue to want this country to have to deal with the ME for its oil, who ironically go against subjects the liberals supposedly are so in favor of such as equal rights for women and gay marriage. Liberals run away when discussion comes to the way women are treated in that region. Instead, they spend time talking about it for this country, like most don't already agree with any of that. It just doesn't take much courage to so any of that, but they are too scared to talk about Islam, with the only time they bother to do so is proclaim all religion is bad.
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