Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: renewables

What if the Energy Department is Right?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 2, 2017:

English: A picture of the National Petroleum R...

A picture of the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska,

Tom Lombardo appears to be a self-effacing journalist, professor, and armchair philosopher with a certification as a Professional Energy Manager. He calls himself either “an idealistic pragmatist” or a “pragmatic idealist,” but with no discernible ties either to the energy industry or the green movement. That’s what makes his assessment of the Obama Energy Department’s study published last summer on renewable energy remarkable. If he’s correct, then Big Oil is shortly going to have a day of reckoning in Alaska.

Writing at Engineering.com, Lombardo reviewed a report emanating from the Energy Department in August last year titled, “Estimating Renewable Energy Economic Potential in the United States: Methodology and Initial Results.” After looking at various energy scenarios (the Energy Department did no forecasting in its report), Lombardo summed up the study:

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Alaska’s North Slope Oil Reserves Are “Open for Business”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 1, 2017:  

Map of northern Alaska showing location of , A...

Map of northern Alaska showing location of , ANWR-1002 area, and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA).

Following a six-day trip to northern Alaska, Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order on Wednesday in Anchorage that reverses a 2013 Obama administration executive order. That 2013 order removed half of the immense National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA) on Alaska’s North Slope from consideration for energy development. Said Zinke:

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Pope, Others Call for Addressing Climate Change Now

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 23, 2015:  

It didn’t take the Pope long to bring his message about the threat of climate change back into the news. Speaking at the White House on Wednesday morning, the pontiff, who apparently views carbon dioxide as a pollutant causing runaway global warming, said:

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US oil output is up 25 percent from just one year ago

If the increase in US oil output continues to increase by 25% every year, as it did from September 2012 to September 2013, total US output would double every three years. It’s a simple case of mathematics, compound interest, and the Rule of 72.

The main thing working to keep that from happening is

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Answers to Lies about Fracking

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, July 8th 2013:

Ronald Bailey, who has specialized in exposing myths in the field of biotechnology for years, took great joy in exposing some popular myths about fracking over at Reason magazine where he writes a weekly science and technology column.

Bailey is best known for his book “Global Warming and Other Eco Myths” which exploded some popular myths, such as:

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Exploding Myths about Oil, Gas and Wind

Ryan Carlyle is a Subsea Hydraulics Engineer whose job is directing the installation and operation of seafloor equipment designed to make sure subsea oil wells can be safely drilled and completed. He also reads a lot.

And it shows.  His latest article in Forbes is one of those “facts everyone should know about oil” articles and then he goes ahead and proves it:

1. Oil drives the world economy, accounting for one-third humanity’s energy supply. If natural gas is included, the two together provide half.

2. Oil and gas powers 100% of all transportation “except for a minuscule number of electric-powered vehicles.”

3. The industry is gigantic, almost beyond measure. For instance, just the natural gas pipelines in the United States could stretch from the earth to the moon and back 8 times.

4. At any given moment, 40% of all seaborne cargo is oil.

5. There is no possible way that wind or solar is going to make any perceptible dent in these massive numbers:

This is going to make some people mad, but it’s reality: not only is oil and gas critical now, but there are no viable replacements in our lifetime. People who think renewables can replace oil with a few decades of Manhattan Project style effort are simply ignorant of how big oil really is.

He uses an interesting analogy:

The difference in power generation between solar power and oil production is more than the difference between a professional bicyclist and a Formula 1 racecar.

The average speed of bicyclists in the Tour de France is about 30 mph.  The average speed of a Formula 1 racer is 200 mph with some approaching 230 mph. I liken it to the difference between a lightning bolt and a lightning bug.  Either way, wind power is ridiculously insignificant in the overall energy equation, and will likely remain so not for years but for generations.

He puts it into perspective:

To match oil, you’ll need half a century or more of clear energy superiority. That means cleaner and cheaper and more concentrated for storage. Nothing fits the bill yet. To replace oil, you’ll need a century to allow the entire economy to retool and realign around the new technology.

6. The more energy people use the higher their standard of living becomes.

7.  Working on an oil rig is very safe:

To really put safety in perspective, the average 2.1 TRIR [Total Recordable Incident Rate]  for rig operations is lower than the 3.3 TRIR for real estate. You are safer statistically on the rig floor than driving around with a real estate agent!

8.  Big oil doesn’t really make very much money. The profit numbers are huge because the industry is huge. But how would you like to working in an industry where:

Your product is the same as your competitor’s

The pricing of your product is out of your hands

Half of the money you invest in new wells is lost forever

A mistake can cost you billions

You’re competing with nationalized companies with deep pockets

Those countries have a nasty habit of nationalizing yours

It’s highly regulated, and

You have a huge PR problem.

Carlyle says: “Frankly, it’s a miracle anyone wants to be in this business at all.”

Going green costs a lot of green

Politico thinks that Obama is going to enact, perhaps through an executive order, a “national renewable energy portfolio standard” – a federal mandate that a certain percentage of the country’s energy needs be provided from “renewable sources,” like wind turbine farms, and the like.

As Christopher Booker noted (and I quoted yesterday):

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