Please note that the following post is riddled with sarcasm. Those whose delicate nature cannot handle such are strongly encouraged to not read this post.
At DSN we seem to have a track record for stirring the pot when it comes to Texas T. Early on, I did this post which generated some lovely comments.
Recently, Kevin kicked off the Black Gold trifecta with his post on the Republican plan, which seems like a very liberal use of the word plan, to cure all of our oil problems. Well researched and insightful, it didn’t really generate the heated debate Peter and I have come to expect from an oil post.
But then came Peter…who dare suggest that oil concerns may have been a factor in the Falklands War. How dare Peter make people think? Totally uncalled for. Peter’s post still seems to be generating comments of varying intelligence. Peter also received the “I Love Your Blog Award” from a dedicated fan who rather attack someone than think. All this seems to rest on the argument that oil was not discovered until 1998 and the war was in 1982. I suppose people expect something like this
“Hey Jeb why don’t we drill here and waste a bunch money?”
“Great idea Festus!”
In actuality, and unsurprisingly, oil companies invest millions into crack teams of modelers and geologists who spend years generating predictions to guide future exploration. This is all done before a big expensive ship is sent out to conduct a test drill at the site, say in 1998. To think that nobody in 1982 had any idea whatsoever that there was a better than average chance that oil may be off the Falklands is naive. Whether that actually was a minor factor in the war is worth debating. But again we don’t want to make anybody’s brain hurt.
Now it is time for my post on oil!
The first bit of absurdness is something that Kevin already touched upon but I have decided to show it in graphical format. The Republican Plan to tap into offshore reserves…
Thank God We Are Saved From the Oil Crisis!
The most optimistic, sunny day scenario of how long we can last on oil reserves, calculated by the oil industry themselves, is just 40 years.
Why is gas so expensive?
Maybe hybrids are the answer?
Current hybrid cars are designed to use internal combustion engine, electric motor and battery technology to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Which they do. Slightly. Certainly not enough to make any major impact within the time-frame(s) we’re in all likelihood operating under. The double whammy pressures of global warming and declining oil supplies. We have run out of time for tinkering with gas-electric technology that gets less than 150 to 200 MPG. These rudimentary hybrids are a step that is out of step because it is a step that should have been taken 20 to 30 years ago.
Keep in mind that if everyone in the U.S. drove a Prius, which on a good day gets about 45 mpg, our total U.S. oil reserves would still only last us 6.1 years. Hybrid usage may make us feel better at the end of the day but are we just plugging a hole with our finger to stop water from flowing fast?