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  1. 9 points
    Not usually a fan of Newsweek but they accidentally let this one get past their internal censors. Just in case it gets memory holed I'll copy it to here. True North Face It started with a nice gesture. Adam Anderson, the CEO of Innovex Downhole Solutions, wanted to buy his employees a Christmas gift. So he ordered 400 North Face jackets and asked that their corporate logo be included. Then came the bad news. The North Face company would sell Innovex the jackets but wouldn't include the energy company's logo. The reason? Innovex was an oil and gas company, and it would be a bad thing for North Face's public image to associate itself with the industry. Not happy with that answer, Anderson struck back with some public relations of his own. It turns out the vast majority of North Face's apparel—its hoodies, snow pants, coats and many other items in its product line, like backpacks and tents—are made with polyester, polyurethane and nylon, all of which come from petroleum. Even its fancy fleece jackets are made of polyester. "The irony in this statement is that your jackets are made from oil and gas products the hardworking men and women of our industry produce," Anderson noted in a letter he sent to Steve Rendle, CEO of VF Corp. (which includes the North Face brand), on LinkedIn. "I think this stance by your company is counter-productive virtue signaling, and I would appreciate you re-considering this stance." Two weeks ago, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association decided to have some fun with the situation, presenting the outdoor gear company with its first-ever Extraordinary Customer Award. Dan Haley, president and CEO of COGA, even held a mock award ceremony. "I think too often we think of oil and natural gas as just as fuels," Haley said. "But we often forget just how many other things we have and enjoy in the 21st Century that are made possible because of oil and natural gas," he added, making reference not just to the North Face product line but also to many other products Americans depend on. "Things like electronics, sports equipment, medical devices, appliances and even dentures and soft contacts," Denver's CBS4 News reporter Shaun Boyd noted in her coverage. The video of that local report went viral, proving that humor is a better weapon in public relations battles than outrage. North Face was unavailable for comment. In her report, Boyd also noted that "the CEOs of oil and gas companies lampooned the North Face, pointing out that its parent company is building a hangar at Centennial Airport for its private jet fleet." Anderson wasn't finished. "We should be celebrating the benefits of what oil and gas do to enable the outdoors lifestyle your brands embrace," Anderson concluded. "Without Oil and Gas there would be no market for nor ability to create the products your company sells." Anderson's letter went viral. The North Face PR team went underground. Their real-life dependency on oil wasn't part of their global branding efforts. In 2019, the Denver Business Journal reported that the brand paid $10.3 million for 1.3 acres of land to house planes used by its executives for global business travel. Two of its jets are Dassault Falcon 7X's, which cost $54 million a pop, have a range of 5,950 nautical miles and are powered by three Pratt & Whitney turbofans that deliver 6,400 pounds of thrust each. That too is something North Face doesn't include in its branding. According to The Washington Times, Climate Depot founder Marc Morano called the North Face incident "a prime example of a company pandering to the corporate woke trend." "If North Face wants to prove their stance is more than virtue signaling, they should refuse to sell their clothing to any customers who are employed in any fossil fuel company," Morano told the Times. "Or how about refusing to sell to any customers who used fossil fuels to travel to and from their stores? If not, why not?" Morano asked some great questions, but don't wait for answers from North Face. The fact is, the company depends upon the very fossil fuels it purports to abhor, not only to make its products but also in connection with the industries and activities it depends on to propel its growth. Take skiing. North Face sells some fancy gear to skiers around the world. Its A-Cad jackets list for $599, Brigandine jackets for $749, Purist Bibs for $549, TNF X Smith Mag goggles for $280 and the TNF X Smith Code Helmet for $230. All of which are made with and out of oil. Where do those skiers wearing that North Face gear prefer to ski? The mountain ranges of Florida, New Jersey, Texas or Iowa? The fact is, the top 10 best ski destinations, U.S. News and World Reports notes, are in Colorado. In places like Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Telluride. Locations in Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico rounded out the list. How do skiers get to these beautiful mountain landscapes? Certainly not Uber. Or driving electric cars cross-country and up the mountains. According to The Denver Post, skiing aficionados logged 588,000 deplanements at Denver International Airport, nearly 8 percent of all non-connecting arrivals at the airport. Those vacationers—in Colorado alone—account for nearly $5 billion in annual economic activity, up from $2.5 billion a mere decade ago. All of that travel supports 46,000 jobs. Those workers earn $1.9 billion annually. More facts North Face probably doesn't want its branding department to associate with, either. There is perhaps no more eloquent spokesman for the oil and natural gas business than Denver-based Liberty Oilfield Services CEO Chris Wright, who recently released a YouTube video in defense of his industry, and the millions of Americans the industry supports. The title speaks volumes: "North Face Disregards the Poor." He started with some context. "Before our industry began, say 200 years ago, global human life expectancy was about 30 years and over 90 percent of people lived on the equivalent of less than $2 per day. Not many mountain climbers, skiers, snowboarders, hikers, or recreational backpackers in those days. There was no spare time, wealth or modern transportation necessary to pursue any of these endeavors. All of these endeavors are only made possible by the dramatic transformations of the modern world that were enabled by oil and gas." Wright was just getting started. "North Face claims its stance is based on climate change concerns, but that's not consistent with the facts. The largest factor driving down U.S. greenhouse emissions has been the technology advancements from our industry that enabled the American shale revolution," Wright said. "Natural gas now supplies 40 percent of U.S. electricity, rapidly displacing coal and driving current emissions on a per-person basis to the lowest level since before I was born." Wright noted that he is no Luddite. "I have worked in fusion energy, solar energy and geothermal energy. I don't care where energy comes from as long as it is affordable, reliable, clean and lifts up human lives." He then went on to point out where North Face's position on oil and natural gas is not only wrong but tragic for poor people around the world. For Wright, energy policy isn't merely a class issue; it's an issue of life and death. "One-third of humanity still cooks with wood, dung and agricultural waste," he explained. "The indoor air pollution smoke kills 3 million folks every year, according to the WHO. Further, a billion people have no access to electricity and another billion only intermittent access. Widespread energy poverty leads to lack of access to clean drinking water, access to medical care, malnutrition and a poor education. This is the global energy crisis of our time. Why do you never hear about this? Wright then closed things out with this impassioned plea. "As long it is fashionable to myopically focus only on climate change, the tragic and preventable loss of life, health and opportunity that accompany energy poverty will be tragically ignored. This is wrong and cannot stand." Will North Face respond to Wright's impassioned plea? It probably doesn't have the will, or the decency, to reply. It's too busy catering to its own image—and the self-image of its customers, none of whom suffer from energy poverty. Customers who can afford North Face gear. And 1,000-a-day ski lift tickets for a family of four per day in places like Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge. And the airfare to get there.
  2. 9 points
    Mr. Maddoux I do understand the ramifications of Keystone. However it is time to look at what I call the big picture. This administration/movement is inciting anger and discord in every corner of American society. Racism Wealth inequality Energy production Federal money allocations Border/Immigration PRESIDENTAL mandates @ rates never before seen Dismantling city police forces Standing down the entire US military. Eliminating congressional procedures Federalizing US election laws The revolution is here, it no longer lives in the shadows. Washington DC the nation's capital surrounded with barb wire, under the Gaurd of troops.. Mr. van Eck has a great distaste to wade into such conversations. Yet at the same time the American constitution is being smothered. @Jan van Eck
  3. 9 points
    Oh, the irony! So many woke naturists, using the good clean North Face company's petroleum based products, whole lines of their products. Maybe they can make some of it out of hemp? They'll have to stop toking and start thinking about that. North Face sounded like an environmentally friendly company. Wake up kids, things are not always as your professor claimed in school. The real world is worth looking into from time to time.
  4. 8 points
    It's pretty incredible isn't it? The people of America, by and large, want the U.S. out of war and armed conflict. Trump was the first President in decades to follow that path, and was extracting us from existing conflicts when the Left orchestrated this particular administration. Mark my words: the Biden Administration IS going to get the U.S. into a major conflict, and sooner rather than later. I sure hope our military has the leadership to keep us out of a nuclear armageddon, at least. That leadership would have to be in the face of what is in the White House at this time.
  5. 7 points
    Oil company's used to do quite a bit of PR back in the day, my father was involved with Texaco which did a lot of public PR. Today they are silent...Odd i still remember the JIngle.. You can trust your car to the man who wears the star..the big bright Texaco Star. LMAO...that was then this is now...
  6. 7 points
    Great Post Mr.Ward, this type of messaging is long overdue. It is time for the fossil fuel industry to get off there laurels and fight back with messaging that will "WAKE THE WOKEN MOB". Children either learn from sound reasoning or from failure. The operative word here is they do need to "TAUGHT"...As of now it is quite apparent they have not been "TAUGHT" Speaking to this education this is begging for attention.. There is nothing wrong with the Department of Education that could not be solved with a tactical nuclear strike. https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/03/raze-the-department-of-education/
  7. 7 points
    It's not going to "solve" anything. This is all for show. We are poised on the cusp of sheer madness: a frenzied effort to corner the market on rare earth elements and other hard-to-mine materials that used to be put only into cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators but are now used in smartphones, computers, home devices of all sorts, aircraft sensing systems in small amounts, but in great numbers. Only now, erecting as many massive wind turbines as possible, and building electric trucks and fast cars with thousand-pound batteries, the world will require about 20X the current consumption. China has these materials--all of them except cobalt--and they're not afraid of polluting the earth to mine them. They're moving billions of tons of earth each day. But China is also energy-insecure as all get-out, building little low-quality coal-fired utility plants that pollute the earth unimaginably in order to charge all those cars. They have both KSA and Iran in their back-pocket, but since those two countries hate each other because of some quirks in beliefs of a common religion, this is apt to blow up. Then there's Russia, and they truly have nothing of value other than oil and gas and maybe, soon, hydrogen. They're willing to trade. So China's quest for global hegemony hinges on energy, and in their usual mania to do it denser and quicker than anyone else on the globe, they're going to try to put in enough renewables to overwhelm their wildest needs. In the process, they're going to run the world's greatest test: whether density of windmills and solar panels will change the weather. Wyoming is going to likely run this experiment in the U.S.--in order to remain the "Electricity State," the purveyor to California in a pinch, as well as to many other states. I expect to see Wyoming densely covered with windmills. But nothing like China. With a weak American presidency showing tatters everywhere in its policies having to do with other countries, China is ready to pounce, as is Russia and maybe even Iran, perhaps in a perverted coalition not terribly unlike WWII. Expect some fireworks. If and when this happens, none of this "one methane molecule here, two over there" nonsense will make two s**ts. There will be a lot of carbon in the air . . . and it will be coming your way. I just re-read this early-morning missile: it sounds doom and gloom. I'm usually optimistic about the world, but the pandemic has changed everything. At the behest of some clever, exceptionally wealthy men using the hysteria for capitalistic purposes, it has truly telescoped all this "the climate is killing us" into a compact little propaganda machine that is being ratcheted up and played loudly in all quarters. Mr. Trump, for all his warts, served as a counterweight to the madness of the chattering class. But now, while the new administration has labeled Putin "a killer" and its sec of state got his ass chewed by a hostile Chinese emissary in Alaska, we have simultaneously stopped the Keystone Pipeline, leasing on federal lands, and pissed off the Saudis while allowing in hundreds of thousands of immigrants too young to be productive and in need of housing, schooling, and parental guidance. Wow!
  8. 6 points
    As I look around on my college campus and don't see a damned soul that would die from this virus, or who hasn't already had it. [EDIT] If you're old, stay home. I'm at SDSMT. This is Kristi Noem's solution to the problem, and frankly we've done just fine. Of course the authorities in academia are cowards, meaning that campus is the only place in Rapid City where masks are required.
  9. 5 points
    Former Defense Sec Gates, ". . . he (Biden) has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."NJ DIDN'T TAKE RUSSIA LONG BEFORE THEY TESTED JOE. Do you think Putin Cares what Joe thinks ? ____________ President Joe recently publicly called Putin a murderer. REALLY ! ____________ Fine example of diplomacy Joe. . . NOT. Biden has stated International Diplomacy is his strong suit. You have to laugh. Joe, this isn't Corn Pop you are dealing with. https://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/1016197/1 Solution: Joe should send son Hunter as special envoy to Russia and Ukraine. Hunter has great contacts inside both countries. (1) did big business in Ukraine with politically connected individuals. (2) Hunter did business in Russia receiving $3 Million from the wife of the Moscow mayor. For what I have no idea. UPDATE MON APR 5TH News: "The United States has asked Moscow to explain "provocations" on the border with Ukraine, the U.S. State Department said on Monday, amid reports of a large Russian military buildup." That-a-way Joe you showed Putin who's boss. I'm sure he's shaking in his boots. First, you call him a murderer, now you want him to explain his actions to you. Joe, if the phone don't ring you know it's Putin. LOL . Zelenskiy, started this recent confrontation. Apparently this Russian buildup by Putin was precipitated by Ukraine's Zelenskiy government release that demanded Crimea be returned.
  10. 5 points
    Juan, wind power is variable, so it can never be depended on as base capacity or dispatchable capacity. When wind is available, it is much cheaper than even the variable costs of an NG generator, so it should be economically preferred when available. But since the wind sometimes quits blowing, the grid must be engineered to work without it. Since this is true anyway, it is not cost-effective to spend money on de-icing the blades in an environment where icing occurs only once a decade: the icing event can be treated like a no-wind event. Hardening against extreme cold is a different matter and is not the same as hardening against icing.
  11. 5 points
    TBH Norway has tremendous advantages over the US. First a tiny population of largely homogeneous people, second a very small footprint of cities and finally, lots and lots of money. They couldn't have s grid problem when they're already exporting power, versus say Kalifornistan, which needs imported power just to keep its head above water. So naturally they're overreaching on an already overtaxed system.
  12. 5 points
    I'm not sure what it is you are disagreeing with? Past administrations, of both parties, have consistently found reasons to engage, whether justifiably or even proven to be under true pretenses. Trump did not, and is in fact the first president in decades who did not. He also was working to extract us from ongoing troop deployments in areas with questionable motives (To keep our forces trained and experienced? I'll buy that.). My comment regarding armageddon was intended to mean that I fear the Biden administration may, intentionally or unintentionally, escalate tensions unnecessarily to such a level that some former or present/future superpower, or their proxy, lets loose with a missile or two. Cool heads in the military would be a deterrent against solely politically motivated actors in or near to the administration retalliating to the level of armageddon. Checks and balances. Your last statement is hard to disagree with. But with the Left moving to implement vast planet changing plans and readjustments, I simply don't trust them to do the right thing in real world politics. Domestic changes are one thing; foreign powers and their players may react in ways the Left never envisioned, or did....
  13. 5 points
    I disagree with your assessment. U.S. does not want involvement in useless wars that are not in our country's interest. We can't be the world's policemen anymore. The U.S. should not lose one single life or spend billions to protect a corrupt Ukraine government. Germany and France diss U.S. natural gas and pay Russia $ Billions for their natural gas. They then expect U.S. to fight their wars for them. Similar to the Obama/Biden Administration, Germany and France will probably sign another worthless "Coalition of the Willing" like they did in Syria. Just like Syria they will not put any "skin in the game". or Like Secretary of State Hillary did with the UN. Hillary had the U.N. Security Council approve NATO attack Libya and kill khadafi because Libya was not renewing oil contracts with Europe's NATO countries. The U.S. supplied 95% of the missiles, bombs, air power and the associated Billions in cost. Khadafi was killed, Hillary cackled like a hyena and Libya has been a mess ever since. Hillary quote, "We came , we saw , he died (laughter) ". The U.N. charter prohibits it from getting involved in a country's internal domestic conflicts. Hillary doesn't care, she did it anyway. The 2016 election was coming. She wanted to blow something up to prove she has a pair. A tactic she learned from hubby Bill who sent a few cruise missiles to blow up a baby formula factory. What's most likely ? Joe will let Russia walk in and take Ukraine just like Obama/Biden let Russia take Crimea. Russia can smell Biden's Weakness. Russia will wait some time before they take action . Biden calls Putin a murderer and now expects Putin to call him and explain his actions. Knucklehead.
  14. 5 points
    Don't you think Joe should be consistent with his foreign policy. Without it he will never gain any credibility. President Biden called Putin a murderer on Network TV ! Biden says international Diplomacy is his strong suit. LOL . Not according to former Secretary of Defense Gates. Former Defense Sec Gates, ". . . he (Biden) has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." (1) China Secretary General of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping: * Enslaves and murders the Uighur population. Its called GENOCIDE. Oh , Joe can't sanction China that would cost Biden Inc. (Joe Biden, brother James Biden, son Hunter Biden) $tens of millions in business with the CCP. Has Hunter divested his investments with the CCP as he promised ? * Xi Jinping and the Chinese govt allowed the killing of millions of baby Chinese girls because " they were the wrong gender". It's called infanticide. (2) Iran is : * The leading sponsor of state terrorism . * Responsible for killing thousands of U.S. military. * Kills Iranian gay men in public by hanging or throwing them off the roof of a ten story building because of their sexual preference . . . . . and now Joe rewards them by starting negotiations to drop all sanctions. Way to go Joe. ____________________ So tell me what will Biden do when Putin's troops cross the Ukraine border ? My guess Joe will send them a few $Billion in military weapons, equipment and munitions and wish them the best of luck. It won't stop Putin. ____________________ You say let Russia, N. Korea and Iran go their own way and screw each other. How Naive. They are now working together with great success and not screwing each other.
  15. 5 points
  16. 5 points
    This reminds me of when Phillips 66 presented all of its office staff with Phillips 66 monogrammed ties made of Olefin. That was about the time I became a big fan of polyester clothing because it required no ironing or dry cleaning.
  17. 5 points
    Everything you described above has nothing to do with masks. The Static electricity in all are from mechanical centrifugal forces 9(DRYER, FAN,VACUUM) generated. I know this very well from my time as a Helicopter Mechanic. They generate their own static electricity also. A VERY large charge to the unwary who hook up an external load without grounding it. And I understand filter size and filtration very well aslo. I work with it on a daily basis. The numbers don't lie, and masks microns size are too big. even OSHA specialists agree
  18. 5 points
    Anisha What application are you thinking of when attempting to measure the CNG? Standard volume size in ambient pressure state - presented in cubic feet/cubic meters - would allow the general scope of the example to have some practical context. Starting with, say, an empty scuba tank - having about 1/4 cubic foot volume - one gets 80 cubic feet when the pressure is pumped (compressed) up to 3,000 psi. Any diver using this hardly cares as he/she would be interested in allowable 'time on the bottom' if the scuba tank were full, half full, etc. Same general principal holds for CNG. While the 'virtual pipelines' of truck-transported methane are certainly concerned with the volume count (in cubic feet) of delivered methane to paper mills, industrial storage customers, pipeline injections, etc., any driver of CNG-fueled cars/trucks simply cares about 'how far can I go?' when fueling up their vehicles. As the total gaseous volume is dependent upon container volume and pressure (and, to an extent, temperature), conventional useage is expressed in liquid equivalent ... GGE (Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent) being the most common. Passenger cars having 22 GGE capacity is considered a desireable threshold. With the stunning, yet grossly under reported advances being made in the adsorption field ('d', not 'b'), it should not be surprising to see reports out of Asia in the coming years of rapid adoption of CNG vehicles. Cutting edge MOFs/COFs (Metallic/Covalent Organic Frameworks) can hold astonishing amounts of methane at low pressure. Historically, active carbon has been this 'sponge. Supposedly there are now COFs the size of a grape that have internal surface area equivalent to 2 football fields (10,000 square feet). Every bit of that surface area can hold methane molecules. Thatsalotta CNG.
  19. 5 points
    PRB coals were essentially worthless until 1970's environmental regs for SO2 emissions (A.K.A. "Acid Rain"), made it's relatively lower sulfur content economically worthy of switching fuels from eastern hard coals. Otherwise plants had to put on a bigger "chemical muffler" to control SO2. Wyoming (and Montana) made out like a bandit, because it's right below the "topsoil" and easy to scoop out. No underground mining required! Railroads made out like bandits, too. Older plants (those used to consuming eastern coals) found out how difficult the stuff was to handle and use. They needed to burn a lot more tons-per-hour to make nameplate. And the dusty stuff caused lotsa fires OUTSIDE the boiler. Then they found out about lower ash fusion temps, which coated boiler tubing with obsidian. They eventually made mods, increased surveillance, and adjusted. It took about 5 years. Coal's a headache even when it's dry. Nat gas atomizes SO much better, there's a LOT less dust, and coal handling and ash handling just disappears (lower head count per MW). There's no "coal pile runnoff" to treat. No conveying systems to break down/maintain, less site real estate required. And with an atmospheric (+/- several inches of water) furnace, you don't have to overcome a GT's compressor discharge pressure to shove the stuff in.
  20. 5 points
    ERCOT & PUCT are all appointed and/or hand selected. And they're already gone. TRRC co-chairmen (3) are elected for six-year terms. They're connected and they know the job. I doubt they're going to be impeached. Jerry Jones was a substantial beneficiary: He bought Comstock for pennies on the dollar when no one else wanted it and sold inflated natural gas when the system failed due to a paperwork error. But the system in which he sold it has been going on since the thirties. This does not appear to be Enron. Even the wholesale buyers who got cold feet and opted out were doing so within the legal bounds of the system that was set up long ago. There are going to be plenty of lawsuits but I'd be very surprised to see anyone convicted of criminal wrongdoing.
  21. 5 points
    Have not been keeping up with this thread recently, so apologize if this has already been posted. How coal failed in the Texas deep freeze https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063727799
  22. 4 points
    Well if you have not noticed Biden has managed to insult every major oil producing country aside from Iran and the North sea crowd....Ohh along with shale production. Now that may well demand some focus, and perhaps a very skeptical view of this current administration...very.
  23. 4 points
    Peak share below 10%. The whole green dream is a dream....the carbon footprints are going to grow no matter what kind of vehicle is predominant. To go green, we need to DE-GROW, DE-POPULATE, stop making STEEL, stop making CEMENT, stop PAVING HIGHWAYS, stop driving on CARBONIZED TIRES, stop using ELECTRICITY....in other words, GET POOR, and the poor will get much poorer very fast. https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-Difficult-Truth-About-Decarbonization.html Here we go, the new frontier, de-growth, https://www.jstor.org/stable/23460978?seq=1
  24. 4 points
    Wrong. We know it is a bio-weapon. We know it escaped from the lab in Wuhan. We know their containment measures were not up to scratch. We know that even if the escape was accidental, the cover-up was not. We also know that the WHO was criminally negligent in not declaring a pandemic until it was too late. As for politics, the China Virus cost America and the world a great POTUS that was re-building his country and bringing peace to the planet. Now we are on the verge of WW3 and rightly so. You may be interested in this article: America’s Broken Civil-Military Relationship Imperils National Security | Foreign Affairs Whichever way you cut it, the Chinese have rubbed our noses in their virus and the only solution to that is military. You need to remember that this virus has cost Australia at least $1 trillion dollars and enormous misery despite the fact that like other Asian nations, we have fared well on the death toll. And what happened when we called for an inquiry into the origins of the virus? The CCP stopped buying $40bn of our coal and $20bn of our agricultural products. Science does not live in a vacuum, my friend. There is no "scientific solution" to a global economic hit of $100 trillion, millions of un-necessary deaths, and horrendous deprivation of liberty. The damage has already been done. Except to China. Yet. Do you understand?
  25. 4 points
    Voters didn't fall for this, the voters picked another candidate. Big Tech and the Deep State picked their 50 year plant to pretend to run things while they collect their kickbacks on their billion dollars "investment" buying the presidency, voters be damned. Your opinion doesn't count, literally
  26. 4 points
  27. 4 points
    EV adoption will occur over 20+ years, which means the relevant question is, "Can the grid grow in step with EV demand?" Jason from Engineering Explained suggests that the grid has handled such growth in the past, and there's no reason to believe today is different: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dfyG6FXsUU In addition to that, Jason is missing an important detail: years ago, US electricity consumption began a slow decline. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_in_the_United_States#/media/File:US_Electricity_by_type.png Electric generators in many regions have been struggling due to low prices caused by oversupply. There are a lot of coal, gas, and nuclear plants either running at low capacity or completely idled. Liberal states may suffer, but that's nothing new and unrelated to EV demand. As we see increased demand from EVs, we're also seeing decreased demand from other sources. E.g. a) Conversion of lighting (10+% of electricity demand) from incandescent/fluorescent to LED is only beginning. b) New buildings have far lower energy demands than old buildings. Replacement of a pre-1970 building often reduces energy demand - including electricity - by 80%. Retrofits can achieve a 50% reduction. c) A/C units are becoming more efficient. Replacement of some old units results in a 50% reduction in energy consumption. d) Industry has recognized the value of energy efficiency. Technologies like more efficient power electronics, more efficient motors, and more careful programming of robots can reduce a factory's energy consumption by 10-30%. e) New technologies for smelting aluminum promise a 10-20% decrease in energy consumption. You get the point: there's a lot being done to reduce electricity demand. EVs might end up being a godsend for generators and utilities. Will we have problems when everyone plugs in their EV in the evening? No. Demand charges are easily implemented; it wouldn't be that difficult to spread the charging over the night when demand is low. This would boost capacity factors for struggling conventional generators. And then, when EVs finally outpace lost demand, we'll add more generators. Or maybe we'll fire up some of those mothballed coal plants.
  28. 4 points
    When a 21 year old dies in a motorcycle wreck and it is yet another Covid death you have to wonder just how many deaths have been falsely attributed to Covid? It's a bad cold for 99.97% of the population, at worst. But yeah, let's destroy our own economy.
  29. 4 points
    Not just doubling down on stupid, you're all in.
  30. 4 points
    Meanwhile, This is why I call him Xiden I posted the video link here elsewhere, it's since been scrubbed from most sites. Frankfurter probably helped in that effort, he's never denied being a wumaodang, for which I respect him. Some from the article
  31. 4 points
    Yeah, I will need to be convinced that voting makes one “civic minded”. Seems to me people are thought to vote their own interests, the democrats complain all the time that they can not understand why people vote against their interests, I.e. are flabbergasted why people do not automatically vote for higher taxes. They seem unwilling to even spend a modicum of effort to understand this. Less than the amount of effort I think should be required to vote. waltz
  32. 4 points
    The federal lands leasing moratorium will not make much difference. There are thousands of leases already in the hopper. This is entirely for show. By the time any permanent stop occurs, those federal lands will be under production. The Keystone is a different matter altogether. Stopping it jeopardizes national security. The pipeline guys were so incredibly arrogant that it defies belief. They were advised on multiple occasions that a gentle dogleg curve would take the pipeline away from the shallowest part of the Ogallala and the Indian Reservation. There were at least a dozen iterations. So of course, they chose the one that put them in harm's way. And they don't have a leg to stand on. This is all part of the overall war on fossil fuels, which the administration is currently winning. Just how much the world still relies on FF's was exemplified by getting a contained ship turned catywonkis in the Suez Canal. If the Straits of Hormuz became plugged, the world as we know it would slow down to a crawl. I'm not pulling for that to happen, but it might take something that disastrous for public outrage to prevail.
  33. 4 points
    The people that the Capitol police invited into the capitol under Pelosi's direct instructions are not rioters, that vanguard of about 250 people were Antifa and several covert operations were running in parallel as one analyst CIA contractor noted 5 separate operations run by his former colleagues for government, DNC, Soros left and right organizations (Soros specialty is supporting two extreme sides to create a high profile display of division) . The Ukrainian nationalists were not among the Trump supporters, but did join John Sullivan's Antifa to break in through windows even when doors were opened ahead of them. The Ashly Babbit incident was a staged crisis management teaching session, not an actual event. You need to unscrew from your liberal sources and understand that the FBI has few clean chains of command that are not infiltrated by China and the Bush Clinton Obama machine. The FBLie is a RICO along with the DNC and the media monopolies. I can only hope that you survive the crunch when these are all in jail.
  34. 4 points
    The traditional Rep is still there, but the neocon corporatist and establishment Reps have been methodically taken out by Trump and his movement, Trump is now in process of scrubbing the party of RINOs and getting his populistas to screw into the party's infrastructure and to be active in the local chapters and small races. He is also holding hostage the RNC's money, which he asked his followers to send to his movement instead. Thus he will be able to crunch the RINO RNC into leaving and putting in people from his movement. Unlike prior populist movements, this one is about the populous actually removing career politicos and functionaries and PARTICIPATING in government. He calls it "taking back the country". It is a mirror of prior populist movements where the leader promises to shake the fruit out of the tree so that the population at large can have at it. The Hill article is trash. It does not acknowledge the unspoken but universal Rep consensus that Biden did not win an election but had several thousand activists and several foreign governments provide him with some 20 mil. fake counts from fake ballots, fake voters, and fake tabulations. Key Dem strongholds routinely have more votes than voters on the registry and more voters on the registry than there are people in the precinct. The overvote ranges from 20% to 54% of the population. Meaning that the actual people in the Dem party are far fewer than those counted and those registered It is likely that Dems have lost CA races were it not for massive cheating. The maturing of the Millennials stands as the strongest demographic benefiting Reps as the demographic marries,has kids and moves to suburbia. Then they are 59% Reps, and higher as the kids approach college age. The distance from their indoctrination schools grows and their heads get screwed out of their colons by the vagaries of going through real life. The hold of the Dems on Black and particularly Asian and Latino populations is eroding. The realization that the Dems are still running a plantation as they did 200 years ago is steadily gaining ground even in the inner cities. The aggressive progressives cheating their way through primaries/elections have brought some Dem organizations to be abandoned by their professionals and rank and file activists. They themselves are now viewing the party as irretrievably broken. The "woke" are looking for a way out of their self inflicted pain. They vote against their stated beliefs, which have become mere posturing for virtue signaling..
  35. 4 points
    With due respect, I didn't miss the point. I don't believe the point. In other words, I don't believe CO2 is causing much of a problem at all. Above, Ecocharger posted a very well performed study by the climate science group at the University of California in Santa Cruz, not exactly a conservative think tank. It is on this very page and has (I suspect) been skipped over because it is laborious to read. Published in the journal Climate, it makes several pertinent points: 1) Global temperature measured instrumentally has increased by a whopping 0.8 degrees C since 1880, the end of the Little Ice Age that began in 1860. 2) Evidence shows that, on multi-millennial timescales over most of known climate history, atmospheric CO2 concentration was not correlated with, and therefore did not cause, global temperature change. 3) The dates of collapse of all human civilizations over the past four millennia are associated with global cooling, not warming. I'm sure you are aware that there are methane mounds all over the floor of the ocean. These are especially prevalent in the GOM, where they are massive and have, over the centuries, developed their own symbiotic methane hydrate societies: plants, bacteria, viruses. This natural methane release is exemplified prominently in the Antarctic Ice Circle in Siberia. I would like to emphasize that the culminant methane release from these natural emission factories is nothing short of gargantuan. I think it's just fine to see if we can't remove the bovine burps from the equation--that's 20% of the global methane from anthropogenic sources. I have also been a bitter opponent of prolonged venting/flaring of methane from wellcasings--that's just plain stupid. Additionally, I am in favor of reducing vehicular greenhouse gas emission. However, it was unequivocally shown that the 18 largest ships in the world emitted more NOX and SOX than all the land-based vehicles on the face of the earth. This was addressed by the IMO2020 mandate. All of this was difficult to find in the news. When something like that--an epiphenomenon if there ever was one--is more or less censored from the mainstream news, and millions of people are revving up the discussion about EV's, renewables, banning gas cars, etc., then it raises a huge red flag, to me. For instance, there are tens of thousands of ships plying the ocean waters of the world. Sure, they've reduced the sulfur content of the fuel, but the land-based vehicular and bovine burp greenhouse gas load still pales beside the shipping pollution and nobody says a word. Why is that? My point: this has turned into hysteria based on very little true science. The Norwegian Climate Science Institute spokesman, Bjorn Lomborg, hailed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential persons in the world, says that changing to renewables and EV's will make a microscopic difference in global climate change. Yet, we are, as a planet, making monumental shifts in culture mainly for the economic benefit of a very small handful of brilliant entrepreneurs capable of bending the rhetoric for massive capitalistic gain. To wit, and said without malice, some of the posts here are, to me, wildly dissociated from reality. To the note above, I can only say that if the oil industry has no future, then neither does mankind. Now I am an openminded guy: I suppose there may be something that can supplant petroleum products in making clothes, pharmaceuticals, kitchen utensils, surgical tools, hairdryers and automobile bodies. Maybe there is some magic molecule that we can develop ad lib and in great numbers to take the place of petroleum products. But I doubt it. I would submit that the gentleman who made that comment is so doggedly determined to push the alternative energy concept that he can't control his inner urge to demonize the awful petroleum industry. To me, this mania is much ado about almost nothing. Obviously, to a growing number, equally informed, it is more important than almost anything else.
  36. 4 points
    Ward, tell me again how Trump was robbed? Lawyers for pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell said that "no reasonable person" would believe that her false conspiracies about the 2020 election were "truly statements of fact." The argument came in a court filing asking a federal judge to dismiss the $1.3 billion defamation suit filed against Powell by Dominion Voting Systems. For starters that was not the argument I expected from the Republican brain trust. We lied, you know we lied, we were accused of lying, we attacked the capital on a lie, we tried to take over the country on a lie, we still support the lie, we have a developing string of lies to draw from a pool of lies. We encourage lying as long as it’s loyal to Trump lies. Remember to spread the lies but not really believe them in case you go to court. All those in Congress that supported the lies are now labeled as irresponsible for believing the lies by their own lawyers? The level of admitted stupidity is overwhelming. Maybe a new round of funding and a new PR firm needs to be hired? https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/03/23/pro-trump-lawyer-sidney-powell-election-theft-claims-not-statements-of-fact.html
  37. 4 points
    Yes i do remember quite a bit of that time, perhaps a golden age for the US and oil and the ME. Are you aware Iran and Iraq once had cities on par with Paris? Then the revolution began and destroyed a beautiful country....Now that is a opinion,,,Iranian city circa 1970. When Westerners think of Iran today, images of women wearing chadors, American flags burning, and militant crowds shouting nationalistic slogans often come to mind. But those who have memories of Tehran in the 1960s and 1970s paint a very different portrait of Iranian life. Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the country's capital was a cultural vanguard. The New York Times notes, "Until the revolution, Iran was among the most cultured, cosmopolitan countries in the region. It had a progressive movement in art and literature and a sophisticated film and television industry." Its education system welcomed both women and men, and jet-setting Tehrani urbanites headed to midcentury modern ski chalets in the Alborz Mountains. Kaveh Farrokh, now an author living in Canada, remembers summers as a young man spent in the city watching American movies at high-end cinemas and lounging at the cutting-edge airport. Life was not an idyll for all Iranians, however. Social and economic inequalities under the Shah of Iran created incredible want for some and a world of plenty for others. These tensions contributed to the 1979 overthrow of the shah's government and the Islamic revolution that shapes the country to this day. Above, an aerial view of Valiasr Square in 1971.
  38. 4 points
    We had a Texaco station in our little town of 1,000 people, but I never got one of those tankers! It would have gone well with my tractors and HotWheels. The place where our Texaco was has now been bulldozed, covered over, and a clean, well-run repair shop was built and is still in business. What they bulldozed was a mess, even by those days' standards: wrecked cars were always towed there by them since they had the only "wrecker" (What tow trucks used to be called. Remember?) in town and they sat there for a long time until they were sold for scrap; Gary and his sons just dumped the oil-change oil, anti-freeze, and everything else outside the building, right on the ground(!); the gas tanks underground leaked, and the place just reeked of oil and gas, even Gary and his sons looked like oil field workers, and this was in Illinois farm country! I loved it when Dad would take me there with him . Ah, those were the days! LOL!
  39. 4 points
    From their Hong Kong website: The Colorado Oil & Gas Association is using the North Farce incident as a springboard for a new campaign, called "Fueling Our Lives". Colorado Oil & Gas Taunts The North Face At Mock Award Ceremony (nice local Colorado news clip panning North Face and chuckling at the irony) And here's the flyer for the Fueling Our Lives campaign: Fueling Our Lives
  40. 4 points
    turbguy, maaaate, this is a report.. so what? One of the reasons they have offshore wind projects is because they have run out of suitable sites onshore.. this seems to be basically what's happened in Europe, where land is more expensive and built up. If the turbines are stuck often far out to sea then residents have fewer reasons to complain about them, but its still a very expensive way to get free energy. Just think that the turbines have to be built to withstand ocean storms and waves, and then serviced. About all that can be said for offshore wind is that the turbines, at least initially, have a higher capacity factor than onshore. Australia doesn't have offshore wind for the simple reason that they haven't run out of onshore sites.. Now go back and look at the general tone of the report.. mate, its obvious propaganda, not journalism in any sense..
  41. 4 points
  42. 4 points
    Mr Maadoux I would suggest solving the problem would indeed solve the entire controversy. Stabilizing this grid would come at a cost, from that point one scales up the total cost...averages it out to each consumer and you have the price of paradise. Cost of LNG vs Green, enough of these intellectual gymanastics. A few days ago I watched Ron Paul as Dr Faucci is your vaccine good or is it not. A profound moment, and still this Faucci character insisted masks are not THEATRE... Once the money comes out of the personal wallet, political/business agendas leave the building. I have had a few of these moments with analytics, each time they were shown the door their lasts words were...we're almost there we were on the brink of success...my reply was simple. Yes we are your one step away from the door...which I opened and said goodbye
  43. 4 points
    They're trying to reduce methane production in multiple stomachs of cows--it's like seaweed, contains something called asparagoptosis, or something like that. Currently, the burps are pure methane and are currently responsible for about 20% of worldwide greenhouse gases. Here's an interesting question: Since there is now evidence that the dinosaurs also had multiple stomachs, and since they grew to such giant sizes, was it dinosaur burps that actually wiped out life on earth? I doubt that, but when you look at the insane frenzy going on, especially balanced against the calculations of the Norwegian Bjorn Lomborg (one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people) re' the very small difference in global climate change that EV's and renewables will make, I suppose you have to consider anything to do with methane.
  44. 4 points
    ^ I get it, but while there were some giant oversights and mistakes, I doubt anyone was culpable of criminal duplicity. The ERCOT system is clearly not bulletproof. People like me have been criticizing the TRRC since it stopped regulating railroads and switched to pipelines, then oil and gas drilling. The whole thing smacks too much of Fanny Mae, with governmental regulation holding sway over a giant financial portfolio, though it is a state government rather that a federal. But, with all the grousing and disgruntlement, the way ERCOT interacts with PUCT and the governor's office on one side and the utility companies and gas facilities and wellhead operators on the other side, there is so much slack--a commercial sliding scale built for economic enterprise under scant governmental control--that I just don't see criminal activity. Even though I don't like it. Maybe the future will prove me wrong but the oil and gas industry--all the way from drilling out the Spindletop while spilling a million barrels on the prairie--to refineries and LNG trains has always been a very loosely regulated business society. To an old guy like me it scares the dickens out of me when I write a check and receive a deed with a barcode on it--I still yearn for yesteryear, when you made a day of it, talked it over, had lunch at a good spot, maybe had a bourbon for courage, then signed and got slapped on the back at the abstract office and then the bar at The Mansion or the Petroleum Club. That doesn't exist but for all the biggest deals, and even they are mostly handshakes with a wink and a nod. Enron was a house of cards. Not only that but it violated interstate commerce. This was a circular firing squad limited to Texans. As such, it is more or less insulated from the feds. I understand that FERC made a trip to Dallas and were courteously shown the door. Again, I think there will be lawsuits galore, but in the Texas energy system you pay for a seat at the table and play the cards you draw. I expect several utility companies and gas facilities to go Ch. 11 and a lot of people to be fired and some others to get an ass-chewing but life will go on.
  45. 4 points
    Could you please start a new thread on EV's? Or post to an existing one? These comments have value, but are off subject (IMO).
  46. 4 points
    Why? Texas flares about $500M worth of natural gas a year . . . . not because they like doing it but because they have so much of it. The NG deficit during this freeze wasn't due to lack of gas, but the fact that 35 large gas facilities hadn't filled out the "critical infrastructure" paperwork and inadvertently had the electricity cut off to their compressors. Targa, Kinder-Morgan and Diamondback pipelines should have been running full but were, in fact, volume-starved. In the past, this would never have happened because natural gas at the site was used to power the movement of NG. At some dispositive point in time, somebody went whacko and decided it would be cleaner to power transmission with electricity. And they have repaired that. Not only that, but wind and solar are coming offline as high alternative energy contributors, while NG is being ramped up. Net/Net: I'd be surprised to see rolling blackouts this summer. Next winter? Well, there were some freeze-offs. Most of these were ice but some were hydrates. I think they'll identify monster wells with exceptionally high volume NG coming online in December and winterize them for capacity energy requirements. Even this year, with almost no winterization, there would have been a negligible problem had it not been for that capricious oversight. Appointed heads have rolled, one after another. But the TRRC people are not appointed; they're elected. They're also all three well connected to family interests in oil and gas and have embarrassed themselves. They will try hard to fix this.
  47. 4 points
    It is painfully obvious Cuomo flirting issue's are merely a distraction for the way elderly sic people with covid were reintroduced back into nursing homes. These Democratic leaders need to be dealt with all the extreme prejudice the law allows. Perhaps another historical Salem witch hunt. I do not mean to offend anyone's sensibilities, yet this act of callous disregard of humanity has risen my anger to another realm.
  48. 4 points
    I believe there's gonna be a bunch of bottlenecks. Hawaiian Electric Co. is experiencing that in their system with penetration of household solar, and they are still working though it. The grid, as built, is designed to deliver power to consumers, but not so much in reverse. It "works", but there are issues with VARs/voltage control, local circuit overloads, etc. Kinda similar to the issue that arose when wind developers used cheap/available step-down distribution transformers at each tower as step-ups instead. It "worked" but there were plenty of failures, until purpose-designed transformers were used instead. Adding home chargers that work at household voltages (220 V single phase with a center neutral) in the USA) that can send power both ways (discharging the battery though an inverter) can help the grid, but probably best used to power the home itself during grid "needs". With Tesla's largest battery (83 KWH?), fully charged (which you don't want to do), then fully discharged (which you also don't want to do), I could operate my home for 2-3 days in the winter, 3-4 days in the summer. I don't use AC much and heat/cook with nat gas. In other climates, I'm certain that duration would be less. That all assumes that: The vehicle is home. The vehicle is fully charged an plugged in. The charger contains an appropriate inverter ($). The distribution company uses smart meters to signal a home shutdown when needed. A transfer switch is installed ($), along with other safety considerations. You have 220 volt service for the charger, near where the car is parked (good luck with that in apartment housing./street parking). The vehicle isn't required for travel in the near future. Recognizing this, only a fraction (probably much less than 50%) of EV's will be available for grid supply at any one time. Charging will thus be the main "duty" from such a fleet, IMO. I doubt many owners would permit discharging for grid support anyhow. If you don't mind a half-day charging process when home, it should "work". In poor weather when the grid is stressed, you may not need the vehicle, anyway. All that said, the distribution and transmission networks will probably require upgrades ($) to handle the additional loads charging represents. Doing it with current and planned renewables? I can't see that happening for 2-4 decades. It would "work, but I think I'd like a bunch more nukes available along the way. Bottom line, with the "grid's" current construct, a hindrance (IMO).
  49. 3 points
    Those natural gas supplies would easily have made it to the utilities if only the EPA had not mandated that they could not use their own, plentiful natural gas to generate their own power, so the blackout would have had no effect. I didn't bother responding to the idiocy a few pages back that suggested a freaking parallel grid to supply the gas producers. Much easier to bitch slap some brains into the EPA (well admittedly that's likely impossible) or simply demand a carve out. The EPA has their heads up their nether regions if they imagine that natural gas burned in a generator is somehow more polluting than natural gas burned in a bigger generator. I admit, they raise the bar on stupidity every day, but that stupidity takes the cake. Locally produced power has the additional benefit of locally generated heat, which can easily help freezing problems. I guarantee you much more gas was lost due to no power for compressors than ever was lost from frozen valves.
  50. 3 points
    Dude, you took an engineering discussion and moved the goal posts to economics. Now I can "fix" your economics mistakes by pointing out things like lenders make money on interest rate charged and have no interest in "taking a piece of the oil industy's pie". Car loans are car loans and the vast majority of those are backed by the auto manufacturer themselves. They subsidize the interest rate so the consumer sees a zero interest loan while the real finance charge is closer to 8%. Cars aren't houses (which appreciate in value) so the rates need to be higher to compensate for the multiple risks. I've been in high tech my whole life. Yes things move very quickly but the laws of thermodynamics don't. There is no Tesla on the planet that has actually gone 500k miles. That's poppycock, it's a number based on a scientific wild assed guess concerning battery cycle rates seen under lab conditions. You don't have to take my word for this, just take a good hard look at your notebook computer battery. Same technology and regardless of what the vendor claimed, the real life utility of a notebook battery is 3 years. Period. Cell phones? You tell me, and remember your opinion is likely subjective but Apple had to pay a class action lawsuit on this. I'm all for technical advancement, but government putting its thumb on the scale and picking winners and losers is economic malpractice and any legitimate economist knows it.