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Iceberg Alley Blues.
We must stop using oil say the politicians and scientists as it becomes more imperative that exploration begins in Iceberg Alley off the Canadian Coast, elsewhere in the Arctic and in other sensitive locations. They are just trying to soften us up for carbon taxes of course. Nobody knows better than politicians that the world runs on oil and that alternative non polluting sources are a long way short of being able to supply energy needs ...

Iceberg Alley Blues
by Ian R Thorpe.
2010-08-09
CREATIVE COMMONS: Attribute, non commercial, no derivs.
KEYWORDS: oil,gulf,mexico, spill, drill, exploration, arctic, canada, baffin, newfoundland, greenland, U.S.A., United States, BP, British, energy, iceberg, technology

According to geologists there is enough nastural gas to fuel our electrical power needs for hundreds of years trapped in layers of shale deep underground. Naturally these is a lot of controversy about this. The watermelons (green on bthe outside, red on the inside) are totally againt is as exploiting the reserves would shift the balance of power in the energy industry back towards the fossil fuel generators. On the other hand there are many sensibe commentators who are not screaming that our bathtaps will pump gas into homes, lakes and rivers will burst into flames and we will all be poisoned by toxic drinking water but are expressing sensible concerns about what harmful longer term effects the process of extracting the shale gas might have. Let's look at a few: from Global research
'More than 70 years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington State and Nevada. It poisoned people, animals, everything that grew, breathed air, and drank water. The Marshall Islands were also struck. This formerly pristine Pacific atoll was branded “the most contaminated place in the world.” As their cancers developed, the victims of atomic testing and nuclear weapons development got a name: downwinders. What marked their tragedy was the darkness in which they were kept about what was being done to them. Proof of harm fell to them, not to the U.S. government agencies responsible. Now, a new generation of downwinders is getting sick as an emerging industry pushes the next wonder technology — in this case, high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Whether they live in Texas, Colorado, or Pennsylvania, their symptoms are the same: rashes, nosebleeds, severe headaches, difficulty breathing, joint pain, intestinal illnesses, memory loss, and more. “In my opinion,” says Yuri Gorby of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, “what we see unfolding is a serious health crisis, one that is just beginning.”' from Eco Watch
'Wilber, author of the 2012 book Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale, said the natural gas industry is different than almost every other type of industry in terms of the exemptions and the nondisclosure agreements under which it operates. All of this secrecy, “doesn’t give people a true idea of what all of the risks are,” he explained. “And part of my job is to show what the industry is rather than just the glossy public relations image of itself.” Methane migration is a particularly hot-button issue in the overall discussion on fracking. Wilber has written extensively on the topic and understands that methane does occur naturally in water wells. But as for Dimock, PA, one of the battleground towns where the industry and local residents have fought over the issue of methane migration, Wilber reminds his readers that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)—often perceived by anti-fracking activists as a friend of industry–concluded that the methane polluting the aquifer under the town was thermogenic, from deeper producing formations, rather than biogenic or naturally occurring gas that collects in shallow seeps.' For and Against Fracking E & T (Engineering and Technology Magazine)
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Shale Gas refers to natural gas trapped within sedimentary shale rock formations and is found abundantly in many regions of the world. Recent advances in technology such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) have meant that access to this valuable resource is now viable.Onshore oil and gas exploration is the best, most transformative energy story since the transition from coal to oil a century ago. This is because what we are getting is a far cleaner and more economic source of energy than its predecessors or competitors. Even though gas is a fossil fuel in replacing coal for electricity - which is the global goal - it means that we can reduce CO2 emissions by more than 50 per cent. It is also a secure source of energy because it is globally ubiquitous. Against:
As any good engineer knows, a complex system will consist of many parts with potentially many dependencies between them. Changes in one part of a system can have knock-on effects in many other places. The system that is human society is particularly large, complex and interdependent, but this does not make it immune from the physical laws that govern all systems. This system is, at present, fuelled almost entirely by fossil fuels but this is a relatively recent phenomenon. Fossil fuels are finite though, and the rate at which they are being burned is staggering. After slowing in the 1970s, growth in extraction has almost ground to a halt in the last decade. While this has come as no surprise to those familiar with the work of M King Hubbard, the economists were right about one thing; that shortages would raise prices, which would encourage new extraction techniques. The question is whether this is a good thing or not. So with the jury still out on shale gas, wind and solar proving unreliable and nowhere near as efficient even under optimal condistions as the scientists claimed they would be, where do we look to keep the lights on and the wheels turning and to met the growing demand for energy from the developing world? Fossil fuels perhaps. Unless the vested interests that have kept the inventions of Nicola Tesla and his scalar wave technology under lock and key for over a century suddenly relent, there seem to be no alternatives. Which leads us to iceberg alley. Follow the coast of Northern Canada from Baffin Bay down to Newfoundland and you have passed through Iceberg Alley. In the past 200 years, a recorded 560 collisions between ships and icebergs have taken place with many lives lost. In 1982 waves up to 65 feet high sank a drilling ship, the Ocean Ranger, killing 84 people. Why the hell would anybody go looking for oil in such a place? you might well ask. In 2010 however a British oil exploration company started on the first of four planned exploratory projects in this inhospitable place. Although the United States and Canada have suspended the issue of permits for drilling in the Arctic, Greenland is allowing Scottish firm Cairn Energy to start exploration operations. This desperation for new oil supplies puts into context the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this year when for three months a broken well gushed crude oil into the waters of the Gulf. How could it happen? people asked. "Why were we drilling at such depths that the reliability of the equipment was a completely unknown quantity and if things did go wrong it could be somewhere between very difficult and impossible to put them right? As Dr Peter Linke, of Germany’s Leibnitz Institute of Marine Sciences, points out, “the risk multiplies exponentially in deep water”. Prof Robert Bea, of the University of California, adds: “We are taking risks we do not understand.” The answer to that is we must take such risks because we have no option. We have no option but to drill in the arctic. "Yeah, but....no, but .... yeah, but," you say, "what about alternatives. What about wind, solar, biomass?" Why is our apparently unquenchable thirst for fuel is driving us into ever more difficult and dangerous territory, risking even more damaging spills than the one from the stricken Deepwater Horizon rig. Why are we putting lives and fragile, ecologically important environments at risk. According to figures from the US Energy Information Agency the amount of oil consumed PER DAY in the United States during 2008 was a whisker short of 19,500,000 barrels. With 42 gallons per barrel that is over 800 million gallons a day. Looking at higher end estimates of how much oil flowed into the gulf from the Deepwater Horizon rig blowout (74,000 barrels per day) and if we say the spill lasted approximately 100 days that gives a total of 310,000,000 gallons of oil spilled. Nobody is saying that is good. It's effing terrible in fact, but it is still less than half a normal day's oil consumption for the United States. Seriously, with feet planted firmly on planet reality how long does anyone think it will be before we have developed the technologies to supply energy on that scale to meet the needs of all the world's 6.8 billion people and not just the 300+ million who live in the U.S.A.? Thirty years? Forty years? Meanwhile as the vast populations of China and India begin to enjoy the rising living standards that go with industrialisation, as the teeming masses of Indonesia (280 million) Pakistan (240 million) Bangla Desh (160 million) and other developing nations start to demand their fair share of the goodies then in spite of the efforts by leaders of the developed nations (and what contribution to global warming do they make through all the hot air generated by their expensive chinwags in the world's most exclusive hotels and resorts?) the demand for oil will go on rising. And so we keep drilling despite the risks. The warm waters of the Gulf, located in a relatively benign climate and close to Texas where the leading experts in oil well technology and disaster containment are based is a difficult enough place to work at depth of up to 5000 feet. The Arctic is going to be a lot worse. Apart from the winter temperatures which affect the capabilities of both men and machines, it is very remote. The nearest stores of booms and dispersal chemicals are thousands of miles away, and there are no big ports or international airfields nor even good road and rail links. It would be very difficult to even get the right personnel and equipment to the site of a blowout and twice as difficult again for them to perform effectively. The extreme conditions make an accidents and loss of life much more likely. With no reliable technology for cleaning oil in icy water and the sheer impossibility of working under seas that freeze for half of the year a spill that began in autumn could flow for six months until the spring thaw arrived and allowed work to get under way. And the natural micro-organisms that help degrade oil in warmer waters can’t do the job in colder seas. Ideally we would decide to let the oil lie on its reservoirs under Iceberg Alley. But look again at that 800,000,000 gallons per day the United States needs just to keep the show on the road. As Iceberg Alley is estimated to contain between 10 and 15% of the world's known remaining oil reserves letting it stay in the ground is a luxury we cannot afford. The coming decades promise to be a rough ride in many ways. We must learn to cope with disasters in the form of oil spills, floods, famines, heatwaves, droughts, big chills and "all the heartache and the thousand shocks that flesh is heir to." Humans will cope, will survive, we always do (and if we fail nobody wi;ll be left to care). We will equip ourselves to survive so much better however if we learn to ignore the Fear and Panic merchants and rather than addressing problems that might or might not arise because some mathematical model says we should we prepare for what we know may go wrong and deal only with real problems as and when they arise.

Guide for Calculating Energy Equivalents

I have no doubt that the truth hating Warmageddonist liberals will try to use lies, distortions and misrepresentations to suggest all the information in the above article is fralse. To counter that I have provided information to facilitate checking of the quoted figures. The amount of energy represented by one gigajoule is equivalent to about 30 litres of gasoline, 39 litres of propane, 278 kilowatt-hours of electricity or 45.5 kilograms of coal http://www.energy.alberta.ca/About_Us/1132.asp Energy Units and Conversions 1 Joule (J) is the MKS unit of energy, equal to the force of one Newton acting through one meter.
1 Watt is the power of a Joule of energy per second Power = Current x Voltage (P = I V) 1 Watt is the power from a current of 1 Ampere flowing through 1 Volt. 1 kilowatt is a thousand Watts. 1 kilowatt-hour is the energy of one kilowatt power flowing for one hour. (E = P t). 1 calorie of heat is the amount needed to raise 1 gram of water 1 degree Centigrade. 1 calorie (cal) = 4.184 J (The Calories in food ratings are actually kilocalories.) A BTU (British Thermal Unit) is the amount of heat necessary to raise one pound of water by 1 degree Farenheit (F). 1 British Thermal Unit (BTU) = 1055 J (The Mechanical Equivalent of Heat Relation) 1 BTU = 252 cal = 1.055 kJ 1 Quad = 1015 BTU (World energy usage is about 300 Quads/year, US is about 100 Quads/year in 1996.) 1 therm = 100,000 BTU 1,000 kWh = 3.41 million BTU Power Conversion. 1 horsepower (hp) = 745.7 watts Gas Volume to Energy Conversion One thousand cubic feet of gas (Mcf) -> 1.027 million BTU = 1.083 billion J = 301 kWh One therm = 100,000 BTU = 105.5 MJ = 29.3 kWh 1 Mcf -> 10.27 therms Energy Content of Fuels Coal 25 million BTU/ton Crude Oil 5.6 million BTU/barrel Oil 5.78 million BTU/barrel = 1700 kWh / barrel Gasoline 5.6 million BTU/barrel (a barrel is 42 gallons) = 1.33 therms / gallon Natural gas liquids 4.2 million BTU/barrel Natural gas 1030 BTU/cubic foot Wood 20 million BTU/cord CO2 Pollution of Fossil Fuels Pounds of CO2 per billion BTU of energy: Coal 208,000 pounds Oil 164,000 pounds Natural Gas 117,000 pounds Ratios of CO2 pollution: Oil / Natural Gas = 1.40 Coal / Natural Gas = 1.78 Pounds of CO2 per 1,000 kWh, at 100% efficiency: Coal 709 pounds Oil 559 pounds Natural Gas 399 pounds RELATED POSTS:

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13-year-old fights school policy allowing ‘trans girls’ into girls’ changing room February 7, 2020 (Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews) – A 13-year-old UK girl is taking her local council to court after it issued guidance that would allow boys who identify as “transgender girls” to access girls’ bathrooms, changing rooms, and dormitory rooms on student trips.
The guidance was issued last year as part of the Oxfordshire County Council’s “Trans Inclusion Toolkit for School 2019” project.

RACIST BRITAIN: ‘Black Studies’ Professor Says British Empire Was Worse Than Nazi GermanyBritain’s first professor of “Black Studies”, (yes you can get a Mickey Mouse degree from Toytown University in Black Studies,) who is aquiring quite a reputation for uttering ‘hate speech’ against Britain and white people in general, has now opined the British Empire did “far more harm” than Hitler’s Germany, and branded “whiteness” a “... Continue reading”.

Big Pharma billionaire charged with conspiracy and bribery of doctors
Not long ago it would have been inconceivable that one day a Big Pharma company founder and owner would be arrested for running a criminal drug cartel, but that is exactly what happened a few days ago. “Federal authorities arrested the billionaire founder and owner of Insys Therapeutics Thursday on charges of bribing doctors and pain clinics into prescribing the company’s fentanyl product to their patients ...

Coronavirus Contains “HIV Insertions”: Claim Stokes Fears Over Genetically Modified BioweaponFor the past two weeks mainstream media reporting of the epidemic of a new strain of coronavirus in China has been getting more and more hysterical. However, reports have pushed back against one "conspiracy theory" about the origins of the virus that has now infected as many as 70,000+ people in the central China city of Wuhan alone (depending on whom you believe).

Corona Virus: Should We Worry
The official data coming out of China and from other sources including the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus continues to suggest an exponential growth rate. With more and more infectious disease experts are now openly calling the virus a full-blown global pandemic, many people are asking should we in the west be worried and how bad might things get?

The Islamic Republic Of France
France’s left-wing elite are accused of cowardice for failing to support 16-year-old girl facing death threats after she insulted Islam online, the ruling class have been also accused of cowardice for failing to support a 16-year-old girl who has faced death threats after she allegedly insulted Islam online.

Clinton Kill List To Determine Who Will Be US 2020 Presidential Candidate?
And then, in accordance with Murphy’s law, which states just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do, Hillary Clinton has emerged, having found what she obviously thinks is a sure – fire route to the presidency, to offer her services as vice presidential candidate to whoever wins the nomination. And just to show how far The Democrats are removed from reality, many leading figures in the party and the left leaning media think it’s a good idea.

January 2020

Coronavirus Contains “HIV Insertions”: Claim Stokes Fears Over Genetically Modified Bioweapon
The theory that China obtained the coronavirus via a Canadian research program, and started molding it into a bioweapon at the Institute of Virology in Wuhan before it somehow escaped could be an attempt by the establishment (the Davosocracy,) to spread fear and panic as they see resurgent nationalism across the developed world and growing scepticism about

Italy most likely member to quit the EU and demand independence after Brexit -shock poll 23:01 (11 pm) 31 January, the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union.

Throughout the day, the last on which the UK will be a member of the European Union, more than 7,000 people took part in an online, and completely meaningless except as a gesture, poll which asked which nation they thought would be next to leave the 27 member bloc ...

US Democratic Party Orders Google To Spread Globalist Propaganda
The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has demanded, in a letter to Google CEO Sudar Pichai that the Internet Search giant demonetize climate skeptics, and provide 'education' to millions of people who have been exposed to “dangerous misinformation”. Key actions demanded of Google by The Democrats are:

Time is NOT real: Physicists show EVERYTHING happens at the same time

The concept of time is simply an illusion made up of human memories, everything that has ever been and ever will be is happening RIGHT NOW. That is the theory according to a group of esteemed physicists who aim to solve one of the universe’s mysteries.
Most people do not even consider the concept of time but there is nothing in the laws of physics to state that it should move in the forward direction that we know. The laws of physics are symmetric ultimately meaning that time could have easily moved in a backward direction as it does forward. Indeed some adherents to the ‘big crunch’ theory say time WILL run backwards when the universe stops expanding and starts contracting back in on itself.

The BBC is panicking at the public’s rejection of its arrogant Left-liberal worldview
This is nearly over – this weird disconnect between what most of us understand as reality and the world as seen through the eyes of an all pervasive Authority that was apparently appointed (although we never knew by whom) to establish the limits of public discourse. The crisis of confidence at the BBC – and make no mistake, it is a full blown, all alarm bells ringing, catastrophic crisis ...

The grooming gang cover-up is Britain’s real racism scandal

Forget pathetic 'Princess Pushy' Megan Markle petulantly playing the race card when she found life in the goldfish bowl occupied by Britain's Royal Family was not to her liking, the grooming gang cover up is Britain's racist scandal - and it is far worse than the trivialities that get American libtards screaming about "White Privilege ..."

John McCain’s Widow Comments on Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Trafficking ChargesJohn McCain’s Widow Comments on Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Trafficking Charges


Speaking at a human trafficking event in Florida, McCain revealed that her family was quite familiar with Epstein’s wrongdoings as one girl from her daughter’s high school was actually among the financier’s underage victims, then suddenly acknowledging that she “knew” about his crimes.
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French Intellectual Jailed for Calling Mass Immigration an “Invasion”
French intellectual Renaud Camus (above) has been conditionally sentenced to 2 months imprisonment for arguing that mass immigration in Europe represents an “invasion.” Summit.news reports: The writer, who is the author of Le Grand Remplacement (The Great Replacement), was charged with “public incitement to hate or violence on the basis of origin, ethnicity, nationality, race or religion.”

“Hard” Of Hearing? PornHub Being Sued By Deaf Man For Lack Of Subtitles
We read today that sex supermaket site PornHub is being sued by Yaroslav Suris, who has filed a lawsuit claiming that its lack of PornHub’s lack of subtitles for the hard of hearing is discriminatory. Suris’ bone of contention is that the website violates his rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to showbiz gossip site TMZ, which broke the story ...

Quitaly Back On As Salvini Prepares To Take On The EU
While the bureaucraps of Brussels were still congratuating themselves on forcing Matteo Salvini’s Lega party out of Italy’s governernment, mainstream media barely bothered to cover the news that Lega won the state elections in Umbria towards the end of October 2019. Thus the story that should have had Europhiles like Emmanuel Macron and Guy Verhofshit crapping themselves was barely noticed.

Police Failed To Act Against Muslim Grooming Gang Due To Fears Over "Community Tensions" A new report based on the evidence of former Grester Manchester Police Detective Constable Maggie Oliver acknowledges that the force failed to stop dozens of girls being groomed and sexually exploited by a network of Pakistani men despite being fully aware of what was happening due to fears over creating “community tensions.” The report notes that the instruction to avoid prosecuting came "right from the top ..."

Asian grooming gang given free pass to rape; police officers told ‘find other ethnicities’ to investigate – detective.
A report published today, authored by child protection specialist Malcolm Newsam CBE and former senior police officer Gary Ridgway, comes following the reopening of an investigation into the death of 15-year-old Victoria Agoglia, who – after years of abuse and days after she was injected with heroin by a 50-year-old man – died in hospital of an overdose in 2003.

Greta Thunberg Slams Australia for Coal Industry, Expands List of Climate Demands
Little Greta Thunberg, who was elected by nobody apparently now speaks for us all on matters relating to climate change. The Swedish climate change hustler who is making a fortune for her handlers from donations to her campaign, again castigated Australia for continuing to mine and export coal despite her previous complaints, adding a call for an end worldwide to the actibity to her list of climate demands to be delivered at the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos ...

Macron Digs In Against The General Strike, But Could It Finish Him?
As the French braces itself for the latest wave of protests and strikes across the country, as attitudes harden against President Emmanuel Macron's pension and retirement system reforms. Karel Vereycken, vice-president of France's Solidarity and Progress Party, has given his version what's behind the recent wave of strikes and why Macron's efforts to calm the situation down are backfiring.