After seeing this headline while riding in a high-rise elevator, I knew something was amiss. A little jogging of the memory and a little bit more googling got me to this webpage, which mentions in point 23 at about a third down the page: Prudhoe Bay has been in decline for the last 18 years.
Corporate propaganda, plain and simple (although the listed reason may have the slightest ring of truth).
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug 23 (Reuters) – BP Plc said on Wednesday that oil production at its Prudhoe Bay oilfield in Alaska, already running at half capacity due to pipeline corrosion, has been cut by 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) for several days due to a technical fault. A company spokesman said output at the biggest oilfield in the United States had been reduced to 110,000 bpd after a natural gas compressor in Gathering Centre 2 failed.
“We anticipate that fixing the compressor will require several days,” said BP spokesman Daren Beaudo.
Global warming doesn’t get half as much coverage or have as much direct relevance in the scope of the daily news as Peak Oil does mainly due to its egalitarian way of spreading the blame for all involved for its genesis. (Do you really think John Bolton will stand up at a UN meeting one day and say, “We’re all responsible for global warming, and it’s going to affect the way we live and the way our children will live in the coming future. Let’s do the best we can to change our lifestyle of overconsumption and try to help the world”?)
This alone doesn’t stop the fact that it has as much, if not more, relevance in determining the course of humanity (at least in the form of mass migrations) as Peak Oil would. As usual, for those in power, the more pressing concern is always how to maintain or hoard that power for themselves, as opposed to taking responsibility for problems caused by incorrect empirical assumptions about progress (e.g., how many members of the human race can be supported; assuming that all economic growth – including the production of waste – is good; counting inefficiences such as the simultaneous import and export of millions of pounds of potatoes, consuming more energy, as positive, et. al).
I’m sure that, if they existed, climatologists from undeveloped countries involved in politics would be much more involved in the criticism of first world policies. But I don’t see any reknowned climatologists coming out of Darfur anytime soon.
Oh, right. Sorry – I forgot that the majority of politicians lack spines. Mea culpa.
In any case, it’s too bad that the climatologists who are attempting to take a stand for the issue are being muzzled or marginalized as fringe lunatics with an axe to grind against the government. Gotta love those government-sponsored ad hominems, eh? (Besides, the government these days doesn’t seem to have much of a belief in science or even the majority of opinion).
Friday August 25, 2006
Spring is arriving sooner and autumn is starting later because of climate change, according to a study of more than 500 plants and animals across Europe.Scientists found that events associated with the start of spring – such as the flowering and leafing of plants and activities of certain animal species – were now appearing six to eight days earlier across the continent than they did 30 years ago.
The “Beast” found in Revelation has long been the center of much eschatological speculation over the years, and I’ve decided to focus this series of posts to the proper analysis and criticism of various theories available on the internet and elsewhere.
Before I get started, though, it’s important to first understand the perspective John (author of Revelation) was coming from, and the mindset of the audience he was writing to – one of expectation of the imminent return of Jesus Christ as supreme conquerer of the world, even in spite of the many who had “fallen asleep” before his return by AD 66-68.
Hm…. After reading this article, we could be headed for serious disaster much faster than I’ve been convinced into thinking lately. The main question is, will the earth really become completely uninhabitable? Or, will humans just be relegated to living in small tribes?
Geoffrey Lean and Fred Pearce, The Independent via Climater Ark via EnergyBulletin
The vast Amazon rainforest is on the brink of being turned into desert, with catastrophic consequences for the world’s climate, alarming research suggests. And the process, which would be irreversible, could begin as early as next year.
Studies by the blue-chip Woods Hole Research Centre, carried out in Amazonia, have concluded that the forest cannot withstand more than two consecutive years of drought without breaking down.
Scientists say that this would spread drought into the northern hemisphere, including Britain, and could massively accelerate global warming with incalculable consequences, spinning out of control, a process that might end in the world becoming uninhabitable.
The alarming news comes in the midst of a heatwave gripping Britain and much of Europe and the United States. Temperatures in the south of England reached a July record of 36.3C on Tuesday. And it comes hard on the heels of a warning by an international group of experts, led by the Eastern Orthodox “pope” Bartholomew, last week that the forest is rapidly approaching a “tipping point” that would lead to its total destruction.
I’ve always thought that Japan would probably be the number two country (behind the US) in trouble due to its energy import profile, even in spite of their extensive energy conservation measures and leadership. Remember, this is the country where many (energy-wise) highly-unrealistic visions of the future have been coming (at least for the later part of the 20th century).Can this be taken as evidence of an imminent decline?
TOKYO – A power outage hit wide swaths of Tokyo and nearby Chiba early Monday, halting train service in some areas, news reports said. It was not immediately clear what caused the power to be cut off.
At least two elevators stopped in central Tokyo with an unspecified number of people inside in the blackout, according to Tokyo fire official Keisuke Hayashi. He could not provide other details, saying officials were investigating the extent of the damage.
Media reports said that several trains services were halted. Japan was in the middle of a holiday, and the number of passengers during the morning rush hour was fewer than usual.
Public broadcaster NHK said that about 670,000 houses and other buildings were without power as of 8:15 a.m. local time.
Yet another argument for human innovation and ingenuity. Ladies and gentlemen, look no further than Japan for a realistic perspective on human innovation for the last 30 years.
Moreover, if there have been wars over salt, why be so quick to rule one out over oil? Granted, there are far more NWO/secret-society complications with the onset of the current nation-state arrangement, but the pattern of the rape and pillaging of defenseless countries and their peoples continues, doesn’t it?
found at Energybulletin: http://energybulletin.net/19220.html
by Stephen L. Sass, NY Times via International Herald Tribune
In the wake of the closure of a BP oil field in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, oil prices shot up to $77 a barrel on Wednesday, and the chorus of doomsayers concerned about the dire consequences of our fossil fuel dependency has reached a crescendo. If oil hits $100 a barrel, the impact on the economy could be catastrophic, the handwringers warn. But while such a specter seems novel and terrifying, it is in fact familiar and useful.
Throughout history, shortages of vital resources have driven innovation, and energy has often starred in these technological dramas. The search for new sources of energy and new materials has frequently produced remarkable advances that no one could have imagined when the shortage first became evident.
While the People’s Daily Online coming up as the most updated site on a Google News search would be a small lesson in propaganda for another day, the actual story registered as only a blip on my personal radar screen. High-rise elevator TVs, on the other hand, were another matter.
I did find it intriguing that an early-20-something average-working-joe friend of mine became alarmed enough to say to me, “Man I don’t wanna be anywhere near [the Sears Tower]. Did you hear about the [terrorist plot]?” – especially when the only things he really talks about are hot girls and how much money he’s making.
(Would he be willing to exchange more of his freedoms for a greater sense of security?)