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  1. 8 points
    Just because a magazine sticks her on their front cover for a month doesn't mean the Western world has chosen her. She has been exploited by the very people who should be protecting her which is abhorrent IMO. The 2 things are very different. Climate activists see a young girl who isn't scared to voice her opinions on a subject she is misinformed on as their poster girl. That's exploitative and just plain wrong. The Western world, from what I have seen, rightly thinks she is the victim of this whole thing and genuinely feels sorry for her. The people behind this are to blame, not Western society.
  2. 5 points
    Has anyone noticed that POTUS Has changed how he is handling the press etc? His communication if far less typical Trumpesque he is appearing each time more like a US president. Under huge internal pressure and foreign policy madness he is handling his ego and persona like a true leader. IMO???
  3. 5 points
    Utter Claptrap Clickbait BS. Have you heard of The Flu? Every year 300,000 to 600,000 DIE, dead, tits-up from the flu. About 60,000 - 80,000 people died in the U.S. last year from the Flu. A billion people at least get the flu each year. Yet people keep flying. It's hilarious to me how much people freak out when one of these novel viruses comes out. The Ebola scare was the best. SARS was fun as well. The U.S. media acts like the world is coming to an end because a few hundred or thousand people catch a novel virus and a few (dozen?) die. People buy duct tape and plastic.... Yet Every Single year 60,000-80,000 Americans die all around you from the Flu and nobody gives it a second thought. Your neighbors go in the front door of the hospital upright, come out of the basement in a black body bag at the rate of 450 people every day (450 because the flu is a Winter Sport... it happens over about 6 months). The word NOVEL is the key. It's new, so freak out! Oil prices will collapse, world travel will stop, people will stop going to work, sure.... Why? Because it's not the old way 600,000 people per year die from a virus... It's a NOVEL Way that a few hundred or even a few thousand people will die. HIDE YOUR CHILDREN!!! P.S. I look at the Flu Vaccine every year (and I get one). They are anywhere from 10-20% effective. If your car was 10-20% effective you would sue the car maker and there would be federal hearings. But, somehow the flu vaccine industry can make garbage and get free advertising scaring everyone into getting a shot, that doesn't work. I get one because my doctor gives it to me for free, but they are basically a placebo. Good Luck... hope you survive this CoronaVirus Scourge! If a Coronavirus became a worldwide "plague" and killed 100,000 people a year it would still only be 1/6th as bad as the flu. If it went crazy and killed 2 million people a year by year 3 it wouldn't even make the news anymore. People would just get used to it. "They" all die of something and "I" will never die. Human nature. Governments are happy to let people be afraid of nothing (like ebola) in order to scare up a hundred billion in spending, but something that's actually endemic like Flu is considered "under control" because everyone get's a placebo shot that makes them feel like it can't affect them. If coronavirus gets truly bad the "scare tactics" will be replaced with "nothing to worry about" tactics and a fairly useless shot to make you feel immune.
  4. 5 points
    Thank you Tom. My opinion is I am really pro American and anti-Chinese by general political affiliation, but with bias of the person living in small country, surrounded by strong neighbours with no geographical boundaries. What I really do not like in Americans is how you live in the distant past, in 1990s at best, it is already 2020 btw. I will give you 1 really good example how most of recent US foreign policies is all talk no walk and frequent sabre rattling. Trump policies of China high tech containment, mainly in 5G area/Huawei. April 2018: ZTE was embargoed. Nuclear option used against one of the largest global tech sector companies. US has shown that it can destroy any Chinese company by US export controls. THE PROJECT: China since the day 1 of the ZTE embargo gathered all the political and later economical and scientific resources of the country to prevent success of US policies. All Chinese technology gaps were mapped, especially US technology gaps and vulnerabilities and action plans were made to solve these problems and close these gaps. This project will not stop till is succesfully finished, no matter what would be external situation. It was Day 1 of their Sputnik moment, they doubled down on China 2025, R&D spending etc, technology war started. And US actions ? There was some solution to the ZTE conundrum. But later in 2018 focus of US politics was moved to trade war and tariffs, objectives of second importance. But China knew that technology war has started and still worked with all the might of the country and its businesses to not allow the success of technology containment policies. May 2019: After 13 months of Chinese preparations, United States finally decided to hit Huawei. Because Huawei was preparing for this move for 13 months it was not crippled, to the astonishment of US authorities. All other Chinese companies were also preparing so were also not astonished when further embargos were administered by US. January 2020: We are now 1 year and 9 months (23 months) into Chinese The Project. US actions: Diplomatic offensive to ban Huawei with subtle blackmail of possible US sanctions. Only recently 1.2 billion dollars were allocated for 5G R&D by Congress. Facts: 3 companies are able to provide 5G gear: Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei. Ericcson and Nokia were in deep financial troubles in the last 5 years, so did not have funds to scale up production and invest in R&D. They are behind Huawei and this technology gap is rising cause Huawei spends 15 billion USD on R&D and Nokia and Ericsson about 4-5 billion USD each. They also cannot scale up 5G manufacturing cause are generally much smaller companies still in the survival mode. What US should do ? - Technology embargos cannot be announced 13 months in advance. Their success depends on element of surprise and accross the board application to whole technology sector. Now Chinese are acting in line with worst case scenario, no element of surprise. - US should from Day 1 support both Nokia and Ericcson with substantial R&D grants, lets say 30 billion dollars for each company to be spent in 10 years time. Furthermore companies should be awarded substantial grants to expand manufacturing base in US. Additionally subsidies and tax exemptions should be provided for companies that want to use Nordic telecom equipment. In short: US should be prepared to spend in total 200 billion dollars starting from 2018 to compete with Huawei. With the prospects of reliable supply of 5G equipment by Ericcson/Nokia at competitive prices it would be much easier to convince all allies to not use Huawei equipment. And last but not least: US should create conditions for fast domestic 5G deployment: these frequencies around 3.5 GHz should be made available in 2018, 2019 the latest and not in 2022 This was very pro-American comment in my opinion.
  5. 5 points
    It's not that simple!! Right now there is not only a shortage of pipeline capacity (NG), but a serious backlog of NG infrastructure to complete a even a short 250 mile 3' or 4' diameter line to the Midland refinery. Plus the refinery itself is maxed out. Not all NG is equal, some is very corrosive, some lethal (H2s) and some have lots of liquid. You can tell by the color of the flares the better quality of said gas. My solution would be to centrally locate a massive powerplant instead of them windfarms and solar arrays. Since we import the solar panels from China, we could in theory eliminate them too. The electric grid would get a bonus and is American.
  6. 5 points
    Britan wouldn't have to pay telecoms damages - if there's pending legislation against a product, choosing to purchase and use that product carries inherent risk. The company decided the benefits of a cheaper product were worth the risks that they would have to replace them if it were banned... The US already has 5G in some markets, so this is false. (Some deployments in major cities were made in 2019) Also 5G is a communication standard and is technically frequency independent. That said, it does work better on some frequencies than others (just like all communications signals). There's 3 bands - millimeter (24-72 GHz - best speed, but only short distances), mid-band (2.4 GHz-4.2 GHz - lower speed, but better distance), and low band (600-900 MHz - good distance, but speed is only marginally faster than a good 4G signal. Though you blanket more area in a 'good' signal than 4G). Now, you are correct in that the US is limited by spectrum, but part of that is also that the carriers have used a bunch of this for 4G, and if they switched that spectrum to 5G, their 4G customers (who's phones can't use 5G) would lose bandwidth and therefore experience poor speeds even though they have good signal strength. So until a critical customer mass has 5G capable phones, they're in a catch 22. All this to say the US likely won't have widespread 5G until 2022 or 2023 (when consumers have upgraded phones), but we do 'have' it now in limited markets. Also note that all of Verizon's towers from 2019 on are '5G capable' which means it's a software update to turn them to 5G. They can't do this yet as it would negatively impact their 4G customers, but when they decide to, it's a matter of a remote software push.
  7. 5 points
    I know your response was not intended for me. But my answer would be that I don’t endorse any politician today. I typically find myself voting against one of the candidates. For the last 30 years or so that usually has me voting against the Dims. I am currently unable to dream up a scenario where I would cast a vote for a democrat. So that basically means any alternative conservative candidate will get my vote. I seriously doubt if I am the only person in the USA that has this view of the current political system. What is strange is that up to my generation my family always voted Democrat. But the current Democratic Party is not the same party it was when my father was alive and voting.
  8. 5 points
    A damned good idea! If you study the US CFR’s (Code of Federal Regulations) you can easily see that many are outdated or irrelevant in today’s business environment YET businesses must adhere to each and every one. An expensive, additional cost to doing business.
  9. 5 points
    With the price of natural gas now busting below $2.00, latest quote being $1.985, and no sign that this is a fluke, one overlooked result of this lowered price is a possible increase in the substitution of various plastics for metals. The largest plastic material out there is polyethylene (PE), both in "low density" (LDPE) and "high density" (HDPE) variants. PE can be made from either oil or gas, if from oil, the feedstock is naptha, and if from gas, then ethane is used from wet gas. The ethane is first cracked into ethylene, then that goes into the final plant for conversion into one of hundreds of grades of PE, in solid form as strands that are then cut into pellets. The industry jargon for the pellets is "resin." Costwise, the feedstock can be as much as 70% of the price of the final product. Thus the price of PE, and its main variants LDPE and HDPE, march in tandem to the price of natural gas. At two bucks there is a major incentive to expand the manufacture and use of PE grades, in competition with its alternatives, paper and metal. Even rudimentary products such as the prosaic shipping pallet are sensitive to these price swings. The typical pallet is built up of wood. But it is also possible to manufacture as an injection-molded part of HDPE. The choice is in large part a function of price. Wood is not decreasing in cost, and inside the USA is increasing, as Canadian lumber is facing tariffs. And you have a parallel situation with drums, typically made of metal. The same drum can be blow-molded of PE if the cost of the resin gets low enough. While large amounts of gas are used for power generation and for space heating, don't overlook the new demands that come from price decreases, in the manufacture of plastics. I see increases in demand coming, for all that take-away gas that is getting flared off. There is money to be made.
  10. 4 points
    Relating China's pollution problems with respiratory disease might indicate that prior respiratory illness could well be a factor in setting up more deaths and severe illness than if they had been breathing cleaner air. It is much like a heavy smoker is in a similar state of health. Imagine if they were also a smoker. 20 times the particulates of the U.S. limit. https://grist.org/cities/chinas-smog-city-what-wuhan-looks-like-with-20-times-the-u-s-dust-limit/ Here is a link showing pollution in Wuhan. https://www.google.com/search?q=wuhan+china+pollution&sxsrf=ACYBGNQ0ZgLUOV2jRpnAygOXCGBD9kboPA:1579899139185&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj9guP3jp3nAhUOOs0KHe0jDzMQ_AUoAXoECBAQAw&biw=1600&bih=789
  11. 4 points
    This is such utter bullshit. So we aren't going to have a few flghts in and out of Wuhan a pimple on the butt of the world and it's going to cause a dent in worldwide demand? What kind of idiots write this tripe? I think if you look at the SARS epidemic which was similar, it ran its course in about four months around the same time of year. Did it destroy the economy? Did we drastically reduce oil consumption as a result? NO and NO.......... The world population continued to grow, China continued to consume more and more oil and today they are the worlds largest importer, that's not going to change because of a strong strain of flue. It's just another mouthpiece propaganda article to keep the price of WTI below $60 as emperor Trump desires. I just read another article saying that China is trying to build new hospitals in short order to take the coronavirus patients, so that's not a new source of demand for oil? The activity involved in quarantining and transporting supplies to save people is not using oil? These articles are written without any real consideration for facts that dont' support the argument.
  12. 4 points
    This I totally agree with this apart from mentally handicapped which she is not in the conventional meaning, she has Aspergers Syndrome. https://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/asperger.aspx?gclid=Cj0KCQiAyKrxBRDHARIsAKCzn8zbmJdpcvmDB06QXNErCNYanjPrSdwwtMUS5294l38B48Gc25ypgzEaAjBBEALw_wcB She is most definitely being exploited and is a victim of this, worse it is by her own parents and their climate change agenda cronies who deprive her of her education at the same time as exploiting her. However Western society hasn't "chosen" her, this is grossly inaccurate.
  13. 4 points
    A TV set from the '70 was also way more easy to repair than our current HD flat screens... but TV breakdowns were also way more frequent than today. There are only around 20 moving parts in an electric engine, compared with nearly 2,000 in an ICE, so your EV will need a lot less maintenance.
  14. 4 points
    Thanks for that Rob! I guess I am just at that advanced age where 5G just doesn’t seem like something that I couldn’t live without in my personal life. Unlike many I see around me, usually younger, I do not live my life on my phone and I am in no danger of walking into an open manhole while texting. That said, the commercial and military applications of 5G are obvious. It also becomes obvious why Western countries should be very wary of utilizing any Huawei hard or software...common sense actually.
  15. 4 points
    “I am currently unable to dream up a scenario where I would cast a vote for a democrat. So that basically means any alternative conservative candidate will get my vote. I seriously doubt if I am the only person in the USA that has this view of the current political system.” I think you are one among many in your voting outlook. We no longer actually vote FOR something as much as cast our vote to prevent the less attractive candidate/party gaining control.
  16. 4 points
    The notion that Trump isn't a world leader is lunacy. Whether he is a world leader liked and/or respected, that is debatable. The employment rate mime is kind of misleading. Mostly it is what was inherited. Reagan and Obama show horrible, but it's really the turd left from Carter/Bush43. Trump inherited an ongoing expansion, and deserves some credit by keeping it going, but it's Keynesian in nature, adding unsustainable monies into the system. Then again, few care about fiscal responsibility anymore so let's stay at the craps table and let it ride. The Republican party did allow itself for a seismic shift with Trump per the drive of their constituents. The Democrats are lost a sea. They have the anyone but Trump vote, but that is a poor platform. You'd think Trump would have galvanized them, but nope, they still herd like cats that hate each other. On his forum you'd think they are almost communists or traditional socialist, but AOC isn't going anywhere, and really only Sanders is a socialist. The rest are probably slightly right of an Eisenhower platform, a legacy of Clinton, who talked liberal on social issues, but he wasn't liberal in any traditional sense of the word. The democrats are completely out of touch with their own constituents, and paying the price. Truth is, we are a one party system in some respects. Truly Red areas and Blue states, all that matters is the nominations, where a small percentage, typically not centralists, determine the who. It's a messy system, barely works, but as was mentioned recently, what works better?
  17. 4 points
    I brought the issue of population growth being the root cause of all ‘green evils’ several times months ago and was ‘shouted down’. It is heartening to see someone else is seeing this.
  18. 4 points
    12 Oct 2019, I posted my prediction Trump would capitulate in the so-called trade war. Of course, certain members here derided me for this assertion, aggressively, vehemently, arrogantly, insultingly. Here we are in Jan 2020, and the so-called "Phase One" has been signed. Let's review the salient aspects. Trump cancelled and reduced tariffs. US Tariffs increase the landed price to US consumers. US consumers pay the tariffs, not Chinese consumers. China agreed to buy those goods it had already intended to buy prior to the so-called "deal" and "war". None of these goods are manufactured goods. Estimates are that at least half of the US trade deficit is represented by the offshored goods produced by the likes of Apple, Nike, Levi. These offshored goods are counted as US-imported goods, and thus are included in the trade deficit. Ponder the logic here. Nothing in this "trade deal" brings any manufacturing jobs back to the USA, not now, not later. If Trump et al were serious about this goal, they would be changing the income taxation rules to ensure the tax would wipe out any arbitrage profits created by the disparity in labour costs. yet, Trump et al are shouting this to heaven on high as the greatest deal in history. Farmers win? No. They simply regain what Trump took away. [pity the 'murcans here: Trump taketh and Trump giveth]. The capitulation and ensuing propaganda were easy to predict.
  19. 4 points
    I don't suppose in nature Cows consumed genetically modified soya, synthetic BST hormone, antibiotics, glycerol, or mechanically recovered meat but these are all fed to / have been fed to cattle. In contrast coastal communities have for Millenia relied on seaweed as a source of food for cattle and sheep which they will eat in moderate quantities and has the benefit of significantly improving the nutrient content of their food (Iodine, Omega 3's etc). If feeding of small quantities of seaweed to cattle has such a profound effect on lowering Methane emissions (which coincidentally will also improve the efficiency of conversion of food to Muscle) I can't see what people objections are. Obtuse is the word I think I'm looking for.
  20. 4 points
    In the financial threads China is doing nothing... in the pollution threads they are doing everything. Domestic concrete use is a great sign of infrastructure and economic development.
  21. 4 points
    You keep referring to America as if it is always the responsibility of the US to provide aid, of any type, to a suffering people. I was referring to the global community. This is a large part of the problem when discussing global issues with Americans. Others will consistently blame the US for ‘meddling’ in the business of other countries....but in the next sentence they still expect the US to act as a global policeman! Support for the Iranian people, the issue of an independent Taiwan or the issue of the 9 Line Map are GLOBAL issues. It would be nice if the rest of the world actually got involved.
  22. 4 points
    China burns more coal than the rest of the world put together. It has actually increased coal use and is building coal plants for Third World Nations. Surprisingly, it was allowed to sign the Paris Climate Accords and receives no criticism from the globalists around the world. China should be importing LNG from around the world and has Russian and other piped gas from many other nations too. Coal creates real pollution, not just CO2. It is harming its own people the most, but also its neighbors and the ocean.
  23. 4 points
    I am now refusing to speak to anything without a name, sinse Kris has gone I don’t know anyone eles worth bothering with, am I wrong, even CMOP ETC should be leading by command. Let’s get OP back on track....
  24. 4 points
    I am convinced the greens across the globe are Chinese agents clearing away demand for resources China needs in the near future. I think the Russians are doing the same in supporting greens attacking production from local sources such as France and the Norse countries that could compete with Russian supplies. Drilling in Europe was expanding fast last year. LNG facilities are being built to provide all of Europe competing supply to Russia. The terminal in Croatia, which is centrally subsidized from the EC is supposed to eventually reach Ukraine as an alternative source to Russia, Polish terminals may provide similar access for Ukraine and the rest of East central Europe. 2019 Latin America Europe Africa Middle East Asia Pacific Total Intl. Canada U.S. Total World Jan 195 86 109 402 232 1024 176 1065 2265 Feb 182 94 113 398 240 1027 230 1049 2306 Mar 188 95 127 395 234 1039 151 1023 2213 Apr 190 98 126 412 236 1062 66 1012 2140 May 179 186 123 410 228 1126 70 986 2182 Jun 189 193 116 413 227 1138 114 969 2221 Jul 201 200 111 424 226 1162 121 955 2238 Aug 194 193 115 416 220 1138 142 926 2206 Sep 189 176 115 425 226 1131 132 878 2141 Oct 189 175 116 424 226 1130 145 848 2123 Nov 196 147 116 417 220 1096 136 810 2042
  25. 3 points
    Just before Chinese New Year on the 25th, it looks like the Coronavirus emanating from China is going to cause multi-form, intertwined havoc, globally. Health, markets, energy demand, travel plans, economy, all going to get whacked. Starting in China already. How hard the whacks will be remain to be seen, but whacks are already being dished out. Lets see how far the health problems spread globally by next week, along with a resultant knockdown on all sorts of other economic and energy factors. Coronavirus is a threat to oil markets Oil demand causes market moves and China's oil demand tops that of the U.S. Oil prices are set to fall for the week mainly due to concerns over the coronavirus. The deadly virus is keeping oil prices low on concerns demand will fall, with a big impact on travel as people stay put. ... ... The oil markets are obsessed with China -specifically China’s demand for oil, according to Oilprice.com. ...
  26. 3 points
    The possum belly derives its name from the similarity of its appearance to the underbelly of the female possum. Each of the chambers of the possum belly resemble an elongated teat similar to the ones found on female possums as per wiki, I imagined it would have something to do with a possum. If you take a trip around the rig it’s amazing how many animals are present, this derived from the early oilfield hands all came from a farming background. Good question @El Nikko 👍🏻
  27. 3 points
    Some amusement on a snowy winter day. Got around 6 inches of snow last night. The residual effects of Canada's Carbon (Dioxide) Tax must have drifted down here South of Canada's border. Well done Canucks on taxing Global Warming into submission! Rex Murphy: We're freezing! Isn't it great? The carbon tax must be working! Recent news report: Thanks to the recent deep freeze in North America, Calgary Zoo had to take extreme measures to protect its animals from the weather — including even the most naturally cold-resistant (animals on earth), the zoo’s king penguins. It’s good to see the carbon (dioxide) tax is working so effectually. Especially in areas out West, where it is most critically needed. The Prairie provinces in particular have for years, decades, even earlier been plagued by severely milquetoast weather during the winter season — weather described by more than one hardy farmer as “one parka, no mittens” days. If you live in the tough northern regions of any of those provinces, a single parka is known as the Prairie swimsuit. “What’s the point of winter without icicles from your eyebrows and hoarfrost on the morning cornflakes?” asks more than one disappointed Westerner. Fortunately, as the folks out West say more and more these days, “we have government in Ottawa that cares.” They are all onside with Ottawa’s great crusade against unseasonable warmth. In Alberta they are especially thankful. Ex-premier Rachel Notley and PM Justin Trudeau brought the carbon tax here early, and this year we get the benefits. We see now that jacking up the price of oil, gas and home fuel is the sure path to stronger, longer, colder and more bitter winters to our beloved province. No one now denies taxation has a direct link with temperature reduction. How could it ever have been doubted? It’s at the heart of climate science — it is the E=mc2 of global warming physics — if you tax energy, people will get colder. ... Frozen noodles are seen outdoors in Calgary on Jan. 15, 2020. ... Some were skeptical (your author may have been among them) when it was first mooted that putting a tax on fuel and gasoline would actually lower global temperatures. (Boy, are our faces red!) But there are no skeptics now in a winter wonderland when even the migrant polar bears show up in shawls and foot warmers, and every engine block has its own monogrammed electric blanket. ... ... There have been traffic pileups on icy streets, side roads impassable, plows stuck, people not making it to work, buses stuck on Granville Hill, supercars — Maseratis and the like — hurtling helplessly into snow banks. “We finally know what a Canadian winter is. We’re real Canadians now. Thank you, Justin. Thank you, Greta.” And there’s even more good news. The beloved carbon tax, by lowering temperatures to bare survival limits, has greatly aggravated the demand for electricity to heat homes and businesses. The demand in Alberta, for example is at “an all-time peak,” in obedience to the equation that the colder it gets, the harder it is to keep warm. So the power plants (and the windmills that alone keep them humming) are at an all-time record functioning. Maybe a few are burning oil or coal, but there is really no need to spoil this tale by mentioning that. ... ... I see the day (skeptics be damned) when Vancouver in May will look like Bonavista in January, icebergs in the harbour, and seals clustered around a space heater (powered by bicycle generators) warming their little flippers. We’ll know then that the fight against global warming has been won. ...
  28. 3 points
    “Her message” what a joke that is! If you seriously think this is her message then I’ll have what you’re smoking mate! can you not see how brazenly she is being used by those with a climate agenda (or is that a financial agenda)? youre a smart guy I’m sure you don’t actually believe this!
  29. 3 points
    With her being a high functioning child that was trained to do what she is doing. Look at the pics of her eating on the train ride. It is obvious that she is oblivious to all the plastic she is using. If she really felt this way she would have refused to eat off of all single use plastic. Her parents are using her for their own agenda. I am sure they are making a ton of money off of all of this.
  30. 3 points
    I understand GT is handicapped mentally and emotionally, and a teenager with limited education. To be pushed into the limelight, she must have handlers behind her. Overall, I understand her message, but I find the actions of her handlers exploitative and reprehensible. GT is a victim. Worse, is western society. To recognise her message is one thing, but any society that chooses a mentally handicapped teenager as their leader is sick and doomed.
  31. 3 points
    On a BTU basis, natural gas is horrendously under priced. If oil is $60 for 6 million BTU's then gas should be $10. Give it a discount for transport, maybe 8? But pipelines can't handle gassy oil, so out it comes, no matter what, price be damned. I feel sorry for the pure play gas drillers. I can't figure out what is keeping Chesapeake going.
  32. 3 points
  33. 3 points
    Looks like Scania is getting into the building of electric trucks. But instead of the Tesla approach of some gigantic battery, Scania has an overhead pantagraph that connects to wires over the truck lane on the highway, and uses a small battery for "last-mile" running. There is also a diesel engine in there in case that battery dies! Scania is a serious engineering company; look to it for serious solutions. The idea of an overhead pantagraph makes a lot of sense. And if the road is blocked and you need to detour, why, drop the pantagraph, run off the batery, and when all else fails, start up that diesel! Here's the story: -------------------------------------------------------- Bode Spedition is the first company to participate in the test programme to operate trucks with an overhead wire in northern Germany Bode Spedition is the first company to participate in the test programme to operate trucks with an overhead wire in northern Germany. It will operate them on a 5 km long stretch of the motorway connecting Reinfeld and Lübeck. The project to operate hybrid trucks using grid power for the main haul and batteries for "last mile" distribution is backed by the German federal government. In all Scania is supplying 15 R450 hybrid trucks for the three German projects. As in the first such test route in Sweden, the electrical infrastructure has been installed by Siemens Mobility and the operating concept is very similar. Bode will operate five Scania R450 trucks in the Lübeck trial The trucks are equipped with pantographic power collectors, developed by Siemens, mounted on the frame behind the cab for charging while in motion. The trucks are operated by haulage companies in real transport operations, not empty runs. While the truck is connected to the overhead catenary, its electric motor, equivalent to a 450 hp diesel engine, is powered off the grid and at the same time the batteries are recharged, to provide electric autonomy on conventional roads, with the diesel engine being the third source of power that would be used for the "last mile" if and when the batteries are run down. Separately, Bode is part of a multimodal transport chain linking Germany (DUSS Duisburg) and Sweden (Hallsberg) over the ports of Lübeck (Travemünde) and Trelleborg. The new connection is a partnership of Bode, DB Cargo Scandinavia, Kombiverkehr and TT Linie. The new service, which caters for trailers, swap bodies and shipping containers, is due to commence on 17th February. Transit time is touted as 36 hours.
  34. 3 points
    Let's all review Why everyone is worried about Huawei. It isn't speculation that China govt placed microchips on server motherboards, it's fact. CCP has fully funded and fully controlled Huawei from the beginning with ridiculously cheap loans and eminent domain to place factories wherever they pleased. They've had agents working there since the beginning. They're also notorious for industrial espionage. Marcin you know I've always suspected you of being a wumaodang and you've reinforced that belief multiple times. By all means keep pretending you've never been to China and don't know the language or culture, while continuing to carry water for the CCP. Carry on
  35. 3 points
    Couldn't agree more 2016 I was for Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina or Ben Carson. I wanted a business oriented candidate not a politician. Sanders, Warren, Hillary, Biden - IMO these people know nothing!
  36. 3 points
    BINGO !!! and for folks who don't understand the mechanics of Ng in West Permian, the flares keep going. Cheaper to blow it off than pay to remove. Ya can't just compress to liquid and haul away the amounts of hard to get to wells and the distances required to truck it. It sux to blow it off into the atmosphere but until a viable cost process put in place it's still the by-product of OIL.
  37. 3 points
    Interesting. 3.5 Ghz is (or at least was) pretty much open band. The proprietary ValveWatch monitoring systems I installed on offshore oil platforms used 3.5 Ghz for wireless communication, because 3.5 Ghz band is freely available, generally not subject to licensing, in most parts of the world. Granted, that was a decade ago, and the open frequency availability of 3.5 Ghz band may have changed since then.
  38. 3 points
    @Enthalpic So which ‘world leaders’ or politicians do you endorse or support?
  39. 3 points
    How can you possibly equate the American Civil War to what happened in China? Prior to 1860 the US was already a unified country and a viable union up to that point. China, on the other hand, was never a ‘union’. The Nationalists and the Communists fought each other as much as the Japanese in WW2. It was not until after WW2 that the Communist routed the Nationalists. The Nationalist retreated to what was then Formosa (which had never been under Communist rule) and formed their own country. This is vastly different from a portion of a country deciding to secede from a union.
  40. 3 points
    “If UK, part of 5 Eyes decided to allow Huawei, Germany can safely go ahead too...” This is an incorrect statement. If the UK decides to allow Huawei to get involved in any way, shape or form with the Five Eyes project. The other members will cease to share intelligence with the UK, and Germany as well if they get into bed with Huawei. There is absolutely no chance that members will allow even the slightest chance for China to breach Five Eyes.
  41. 3 points
    The market and need for natural gas is not going way. Now that the venture capitalists are pulling back and reality is settling in, what will remain are well run ( well, better run with respect to 2019) companies in the NG arena. Personally, I think the ones that are trimming back CAPex spending for 2020 and paying down debt will be the survivors. There are many ways to play this market, the drillers are probably the riskiest. You also have the transporters (think pipeline companies), those creating LNG, those maritime companies contracted to deliver LNG and those building and/or leasing those ships. It's being challenged on safety grounds, but railroads are now able to transport LNG. If this law does not get over turned you will see profits at Union Pacific, CSX, Canadian Rail and the other old time coal haulers go back up. ( I own stock in Union Pacific.) One last thing about me. While I do play stock options on weekly basis for entertainment, I can sit on stocks for several years while my thesis unfolds. If you get involved in the natural gas equities, plan on playing the long game. This will be a roller coaster.
  42. 3 points
    The point is that there are only 2 profitable provincial electric utilities left. That is expected to fall to none in the next few years. Meaning that the entire system will lose money with no province subsidizing the others unless they cut supply and raise prices, or obtain a subsidy from the central government. Which is probably what they are signaling. It is consistent with numbers from Markit and Caixin, and other non-state (not NBS) reports. The private market economy in China is in distress. Perhaps now that they resumed "shadow banking" operations, it is possible there will be a pickup. There was a large spike up in activity in December. Perhaps it will hold past the filling of pent up demand from the trade war. The import spike was substantial. There was also a pop in Baltic Clean Tanker rates past the Sep. bombing of Saudi oil facilities. That may be Chinese demand.
  43. 3 points
    The cost is going to come down more than you think: The technology is well established, the trains are not terribly expensive to build, and permits are now easy to procure. LNG is free of contaminants: zero Hg, sulfides, long carbon chains, water or slug. Transportation is free, except for amortization of the ship and the cost of the crew. The liquid natural gas boils in the thermos bottles holding it. About 0.1% of the contents boils off and hangs above the liquid as "boil-off" gas. This is diverted into the steamers and used for transportation fuel. LNG is going parabolic. If you look at NG piped to Mexico and to US LNG export facilities, we're at about 11-12 bcf/d, which represents 30% growth year over year. The Cameron Parish Louisiana facility (Sabine Pass) has added two new trains (now either six or seven). Corpus Christi has a couple new trains. Elba Island (Georgia) and Freeport (Tx) have opened. The LNG market is an infant, maybe 10% of where it will be in five years. Pipelines get paid off in about five years; thereafter it's gravy. I'll bet these LNG terminals are paid off in five years, too. This is all falling into place: Massive volumes of NG are going to be piped from the Permian into Sabine Pass, Corpus Christi, Alba Island, Freeport, and wherever else on the Gulf facilities are added. The Sabine Pass Shipping Channel is exceptionally efficient--it's only 3.7 nautical miles to open water and 23 miles to the outer buoy. As global oil supply gets tighter, with resultant higher pricing, it will drive the drilling of more shale wells. Gas lifting (especially ethane) is already revolutionizing shale, as is holding the well-bore pressure higher for longer. Next comes refracking, the price of which is coming down dramatically (at least in the Bakken). Natural gas production will more than likely double from its current level, and almost all of that will go to LNG exports. The recent cold snaps scared the bejiggers out of a lot of people. Without hydrocarbon heat, the human race would be forced back into the caves. It's going to take one hell of a lot of wind turbines and solar panels to replace that kind of protection from the elements. The Greenies holding ban-fracking signs, for example, would freeze their little tushes if they didn't have natural gas. Modi has promised to make LNG one-half of India's long-term energy requirements. China will likely follow suit, as part of the trade deal. Once countries commit to energy, it is hard to turn around. And, after all, LNG will dovetail perfectly with wind and solar--such as they are.
  44. 3 points
    I am talking about worldwide natural gas. China is more interested in natural gas fuel for transportation than Americans. They may end up leading in that field someday. The LNG pricing is very low, and they can get natural gas from all the sources I mentioned. Using natural gas rather than coal would greatly benefit them and they can even make it from the coal. Do you need clarification of this? That little island you mentioned could use pig dung to make methane to cook the pork they raise.
  45. 3 points
    I know Trump is a brilliant real estate maven, but why are you of all people letting him live rent free in your head? You hate him so much, evict him. TDS on display 24/7
  46. 3 points
    Petrochemicals are great -so many uses- and anything that curtails burning of the stuff is great. Ultra-premium synthetic motor oils are now being made from natural gas; not much dirt to filter out if you start with a gas... https://www.pennzoil.com/en_ca/products/full-synthetic-motor-oils/pennzoil-platinum.html https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-of-its-kind-synthetic-motor-oil-made-from-natural-gas-255519821.html
  47. 3 points
    First off ‘frankfurter’, please identify which countries that the US is ‘occupying’ as we speak? To meet the definition of military occupation the US would need to have reached, and maintained, ‘effective provisional control’. This is NOT providing a training mission, as in Iraq. So again, what countries or regions is the US occupying? Formosa may have historically belonged to China, but not the Communist Chinese of the mid 20th century. I assume that you totally discount any claim of the Nationalist Chinese. “China has never retreated from its position of Formosa belonging to China: and the entire world accepts this; only the USA does not.”...The Taiwanese seem to disagree with this statement, but who cares about them as long as China is happy? You are obvious anti-American and anti-Israel. I respect your opinions as expressed above, I simply disagree with them. No further debate is necessary or desired.
  48. 3 points
    Which is why I think the US deployment is happening. At least in small part. We will have to see if US and Taiwan manage to move some production and R&D assets onto US shores or disperse them further into say Thailand etc. The recent elections indicate a detachment of Taiwan from interaction with China is in the works. A financial crisis in China, which has been building pressure for over a decade (interbank lending is 150 Trillion Yuan https://tradingeconomics.com/china/loans-to-banks) and their interbank lending market is already in disarray since September 19 should make a decision to leave China an easy one for Taiwan. .I don't know how the manage to keep this one afloat this time. The distress signals are coming more often and more intensely. For China's sake I very much hope they have installed a backup financial system, because what they have right now looks like it is on the verge of imploding or requiring an enormous central bank money printing campaign to keep it running - which would be highly inflationary in a country with nearly triple M2 to GDP than in OECD. . I don't expect they can let this continue, so their attempts to draw down reserves last year have to be abandoned, as that is likely what has caused the disarray. @Marcin2, Regarding the nature of the deployment, it is heavy Navy forces outside the S China sea and hardened air resources and small navy forces on land throughout the periphery islands.It is still in the works and I don't think it will be US forces alone. Japan has already committed. You are viewing the tailing of China ships around US ships as an advantage to China as imposing a threat. I expect that it is going to act as a tripwire for a total war to remove China from the sea and then economically dismantle China. The US has bled to hold onto its role in the region for well over a century. Surrounding US Navy groups with matchstick Chinese navy ships only means that at the first shot they will all be sunk. Not necessarily by the US ships they are tailing.
  49. 3 points
  50. 3 points
    Tom ,sometimes it is even worse. At all universities were Confucius Institutes are present, the faculties employed by these universities as part of Confucius Institute, CANNOT CRITICIZE Communist Party, they loose their jobs if they do. So in our academia, at our universities we have small, sovereign territories of dictatorship China. One side note: I do not like when China is named communist. Communism is a theoretical system of govenment where every citizen gets goods in line with his/her needs. So communism is how paradise in heaven is probably ruled. The countries that are nearest this utopia, that have paradise on earth are Scandinavian countries like: Swede, Norway, Finland and Denmark. China is just dicratorship.