Category Archives: Natural Resources

Issues affecting our natural environment

Keystone XL and the Quality Ethic

The year-old Keystone pipe line has intrinsic quality issues.  Cancel the  XL upgrade! Last last Saturday, the Lincoln Nebraska online news journal, the JournalStar, published an article by an engineering whistle blower, Mike Klink.  His point:  The XL initiative is … Continue reading

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The Mercury Connection – Fluorescent vs. Incandescent

The EPA’s power plant emission ruling makes fluorescents much worse mercury polluters than incandescents. This year the fluorescent light lobby has publicizing estimates that show that incandescent lights cause more mercury emission than fluorescents because they use more power. This … Continue reading

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EPA Limits Mercury in Environment – Is it enough?

Are the new EPA power plant rules strong enough? Will they work as popularized? The Environmental Protection Agency just announced (2011 Dec 21) that it has issued its CSAPR  (cross state air pollution regulations) will begin to enforce emission standards … Continue reading

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Mercury, Power Plants, poison

Remember our discussion on mercury pollution and fluorescent tubes?  We pointed out that power plants emit about 60 tons of mercury into the environment every year, the nation’s biggest mercury polluters.  EPA has just passed regulations to almost halt all … Continue reading

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Pipeline spills and Keystone XL

Pipeline spills are common about the world and certainly in the U.S.  This post is an adjunct to LastTechAge major post on Keystone XL, bringing previously published data into view again. Here is only part of a New York Times … Continue reading

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Keystone XL – The Balance Sheet

The U.S. will soon make a decision on to allow the build of the “final” segments to the Keystone pipe line, or not.  This proposal is called Keystone XL by TransCanada Corporation. It is to replace parts and to build … Continue reading

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Arctic Off-Shore Oil – is it worth it?

There is a lot of talk about off-shore oil in the Arctic.  In August, Shell Oil was given the final  green light to sink test wells in Beaufort Sea, located in the arctic coastal waters off Alaska, just off shore … Continue reading

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ANWR and The Lies of Large Numbers

Arguments have raged over use of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and will so again.   Probably sooner rather than later. One side says evidence of a large quantity of oil indicates life in the lower 48 states could be … Continue reading

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Drain America First

Pres Obama decided to start depleting the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).  This week he announce that he was going to drain 30 M bbl (1 bbl means 1 barrel or 150L ) oil we have stored for emergency use. This … Continue reading

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Are Strategic Oil Reserves obsolete?

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is a pool of crude oil that we squirreled away over the years, to help us out in time of crisis. Recently, President Obama suggested that some of this resource might be used to help … Continue reading

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Has Peak Oil happened?

The 2011 March 25  s article by Richard Kerr in the the professional journal, Science1 discussed the possibility that the peaking in  world petroleum consumption may have already occurred.  (Richard A. Kerr, “Peak Oil Production May Already Be Here,” Science, … Continue reading

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Lynch Poo-Poos Peak Oil

Michael Lynch, a long term consultant to the oil industry and Hubbert Peak debunker for over two decades published another Op Ed piece in the New York Times on Friday, February 25, 2011. Since at least 1989, Mr. Lynch has … Continue reading

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Saudi Peak Oil

In 2007, Wikileaks released news that US consul cables from Saudi Arabia indicated that Saudi proven reserves were being overstated by nearly 50% and that they were not certain that Saudi’s would be able to maintain promised crude deliveries much … Continue reading

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Peak oil – Predictive Model

Petroleum and other natural resources have finite size. We approach the Peak Oil problem of resource management from a slightly different viewpoint.  Our model looks at the consequences of usage that increases exponentially; the math tools are derived on a … Continue reading

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