Friday, March 18, 2005

More on Alaskan Oil

People liked that last bit of blogging, so thanks to some resources from some friends, I've got a bit more for you today.

Mike Mulrooney, via the comment section:

"...it is far easier to check a box on a survey proclaiming that you [Americans] are for conservation and alternate energy sources, than it is to balance your checkbook with the consequences. Heck, the US has some of the cheapest petrol on the planet for consumers, but they cry if it goes to $2 per gallon. I am sitting next to a guy from Holland right now who just confirmed that his gas costs him $5 per gallon (taxes not withstanding, this is the price to the consumer)."

Absolutely, people in North America bitch and moan when oil prices go up. So what we need our politicians, technology leaders, teachers and educators, and brave, gentle souls to do is to give the rest of us here in the west options, strategies, and direction on consuming less fossil fuel. Waiting for market forces to push this energy revolution simply isn't good enough, because the Malthus (look him up) in me believes we're well on our way towards the great Thermocaust (to quote Greenpeace god Bob Hunter). Programs like tax breaks and cash incentives for eco-cars or energy-saving appliances is a good start... think how great it would be if instead of drilling for oil, we funded research into clean gas alternatives?

On two other notes, a friend of mine - Duane (who really should get around to writing his own blog. I'd read it), sent me two links.

One is of Rush Limbaugh making an ass of himself.

The other is a really cool explanation of how oil deposits are discovered and evaluated. It seems the consensus on the ANWR deposit is somewhere around 10 or 11 billion barrels of oil. For comparison purposes, the Athabasca Tar Sands project is estimated at 180 billion barrels (although the oil will be harder to extract).

3 Comments:

Blogger Jason said...

10 billion barrels of oil seems insignificant in tdays world market. Certainly not worth destroying a wildlife refuge. I've worked around oil rigs for awhile and it ain't pretty. It ain't quite either.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

10 billion barrels of oil seems insignificant in tdays world market. Certainly not worth destroying a wildlife refuge. I've worked around oil rigs for awhile and it ain't pretty. It ain't quite either.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

10 billion barrels of oil seems insignificant in tdays world market. Certainly not worth destroying a wildlife refuge. I've worked around oil rigs for awhile and it ain't pretty. It ain't quite either.

8:23 AM  

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