PS Mag: ‘You Wouldn’t Drill for Oil in the Sistine Chapel’.
I’m afraid that argument doesn’t work. You’ve got to load your oppositional scattergun with every bit of counterargument you’ve got and shoot like you mean it to stop these bandits.
ABC: US Drillers Scrambling to Thwart OPEC Threat.
“Drillers are finding they can back into wells drilled only a few years ago to re-frack them or inject specially tailored fluids to get oil flowing again. That can return a well in some cases to peak output, without the expense of drilling a new well.” Perhaps, but to cut costs, where are all those ‘specially tailored fluids’ being dumped/injected? Quadruple the watch on your drinking water sources, people.
ProPublica: How Much Water Do You Use? Help ProPublica Investigate Water Use in the U.S.
Survey form. Let’s give ‘em a gout of info, shall we?
Slate: Georgetown, Texas, goes renewable.
“... contrary to renewable energy’s reputation as a luxury good, the new deals come at a discount to what Georgetown was paying for fossil fuel electricity.” My italic emphasis. I’ve been relating over the years the fact that Texas, in addition to drilling like crazy, is also raising windmills like crazy too.
Archaeology News Network: Study raises questions about cause of global Ice Ages.
NY Times: Obama Administration Unveils Federal Fracking Regulations.
I’ll certainly want to read these, after skimming by this ... “The Interior Department has spent more than three years developing the rules, in close consultation with oil and gas companies, states and environmental groups. The agency also said it has reviewed more than 1.5 million public comments.”
NY Times: Glut of Oil Pushes U.S. Crude Prices to 6-Year Low.
Vox: Al Gore should run for president.
Unrealistic. We need someone to play center and move left.
naked capitalism/Wolf Richter: The US Oil Bust Just Got Worse.
The charts are just insane.
The Tico Times/BREAKING: New explosions at Turrialba Volcano.
Costa Rica. Nice animated GIF.
SF New Mexican: House approves bill limiting local control of oil and gas development.
Kill it. The NM Senate is still Dem majority. Fingers crossed.
NY Times: Christie, Defending Exxon Deal, Says Environmental Damage Will Be Repaired.
Sellout. Diverting money from environmental remediation to filling gaps in the state budget. You taxpayers are going to be making up the substantial difference. President? Not on your life.
SF New Mexican: Rep. Nunez Calls for the Extinction of Wolves.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
Bloomberg: The Price of Oil Is About to Blow a Hole in Corporate Accounting.
“Using current prices instead of the SEC-prescribed $95 a barrel would erase $13.8 billion, or 61 percent, from the value of Continental’s oil and natural gas properties. It would also mean that 10 percent of the company’s reserves, the equivalent of 135 million barrels, would be too expensive to pump with prices where they are, the company said in the filing.” Question is, how will this ripple out into the general economy? We can already see a reduction in tourism from Texas and other drill-baby-drill areas since December.
BarnFinds: Not Quite Teslas - Pair of 1976 CitiCars
I remember these! Total blast from the past.
NY Times: Hermosa Beach, Calif., Voters Give Thumbs Down to Oil Drilling.
“As a result of the vote, Hermosa Beach now owes E&B $17.5 million to terminate the contract, under the terms of an agreement ending litigation with the firm.” Ouch. With oil prices so low, companies may pursue mineral rights litigation not to actually drill, but to simply minimize the red in their ledgers.
The Economist: Energy controversies - A frack too far.
Cash in and move out, I assume. They feel left out of the bounty.
VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal: The cost of delaying action to stem climate change: A meta-analysis
“This analysis concerned the cost of trying to hit the same climate target with a later start date for the policies. It showed that the cost of achieving a given target would rise by about 40%. This, however, is only one factor to consider in assessing the timing and magnitude of action on climate change.”
ScienceDaily: Scientists bring oxygen back to dead fjord.
Of interest. Could be classified as minor geoengineering.
Tampa Bay Times: Jeb Bush’s private investments in fracking dovetail with public advocacy.
“The intersection between Bush’s private and public life — calls for fracking have been a part of his speeches and came as recently as last month in San Francisco — triggers questions of disclosure.” Double-ugh.
Guardian.UK: New hopes that tar sands could be banned from Europe.
“It would be incredibly useful for responsible investors to be able to look at the carbon intensity of different oil companies’ products – to put pressure on them to reduce it, and speed the shift to a a low carbon economy.” Indeed.
SciAm: Pig Poop Fouls North Carolina Streams.
Well, I happen to know that NC universities are working hard to try to come up with ways to deal with the problem in-situ. My aunt worked in such research for one of those scholarly institutions. We used to make all kinds of jokes, but after living downwind of a small pig farm, I have to say it’s incredibly important. Until you’ve experienced it, you have NO idea. A smell so bad, you almost vomit on the first wafts to your sinus passages.
Oil and Gas Wells in Northwest New Mexico.
Encroaching Chaco. Bad form.
Kickstarter: Chop-E - probably the coolest electric bike ever built.
Slate: American oil - Unlike the rest of the world, it isn’t cratering.
Aha, working to lower the break-even price. Do I need to say it? They’ll be eliminating any costly environmental procedures. Wait for it. You’ll hear about contamination within three months, I’ll bet.