Got News Fer Ye: Oil & Gas Are Here To Stay

| October 26, 2020

But we’ll be happy to cut off Joe Biden’s supply, since he thinks we should all go without its benefits.  (I pulled a Hondo here, so please bear with me. 🙂 )

He is challenged by Bastardi to go a month without using any products made from fossil fuel resources.  Yes, I want to see that happen, too. No private transport, not even a Waco CG4A glider, just hike around on foot and lecture people on how bad petroleum and natural gas are for you and how bad you are to use them to cook and heat your home.   https://www.cfact.org/2020/10/24/challenge-to-joe-biden-spend-a-month-without-fossil-fuels/

Never mind the job and revenue losses if the oil and gas industry were shut down at the behest of the greenbeaners: that’s a given, if he managed somehow to put his “no more fossil fuels” proposal into effect. My doubts about it happening are strong.

The link below takes you to an article regarding the resource list of products (144 of them) that come from “fossil fuels”. Natural gas doesn’t just heat your home and cook your food, y’know. It is surprising how many products we take for granted that do come from the oil and gas industry.  https://www.innovativewealth.com/inflation-monitor/what-products-made-from-petroleum-outside-of-gasoline/

They include everything from refrigerators (plastic interior. parts, and insulation, metal shell) to purses, shoes, antihistamines, shampoo, and toothpaste and eyeglasses.  Shampoo? Really? Yes, in order to make a surfactant (soap) work, you have to have a “fat” molecule and oil is the essentially same as animal body fat, which used to be used to make soap. Probably still is.

But Joe Biden wants to do away entirely with the oil and petroleum business.  Does that include all those oils related to cooking? Corn oil, olive oil, tea tree oil, butter, canola/rapeseed oil, soybean oil (margarine), lard, pork fat, beef fat,  – a very short list. Those are all sourced from plants and animals, but they’re OIL, so are they “bad for the planet”, too? If so, we’ll have to stop producing them, and start cooking with leaves and twigs, never mind heat the house.

And since petroleum derivatives are used in today’s insulated clothing, here’s a list of the top 12 “best jackets” for winter.  Granted, many of them have a percentage of merino wool in them, but the major factor is synthetic insulation: https://www.ties.com/blog/warmth-technology-clothing

Then there’s the cosmetics industry, which uses specialized oils in producing things like lip gloss, lipstick, makeup of all kinds including mascara and skin/facial moisturizers and cleansers. The list is quite long.  It’s amazing just how much is derived from the oil & gas industry that we just take for granted.

Did I bring up transportation? EV bigrigs are not in production so far, so how will mass-produced goods get to people if the normal rigs are no longer allowed to roam the highways of this country? You see where I’m going with this, right?  And then there’s airplane transportation: it isn’t just passenger planes. It includes cargo transport from one point to another. Granted the Horseman and Waco and other gliders in WWII did a tremendous job of transporting troops and supplies across the English Channel into France, but they were not built to carry massive cargo and as anyone who has flown gliders can tell you (and that includes me), they still require a tow with a motorized plane to get lift and move on. And they aren’t very fast. And they really don’t carry a lot of heavy stuff, so they’re impractical for use as heavy cargo transport. Granted, I’ve seen plans for some monstrous gliders that could carry a lot of cargo, but not the tonnage required for real supply to distribution centers. Idealism has its limits.

Okay, sure. I want to see Joe and his wrinkly ass go just one day without any of those products he just takes for granted. Just clean out his house, throw it into the waiting trash truck, and leave. He and his followers should be required to live without anything related to or derived from so-called fossil fuels: back to the 18th century, as it were. Anyone taking bets on how long they’d last? It’s getting cold outside. A nice, warm, jacket insulated with some of those wretched oil-derived synthetics sounds pretty good to me.

He wants to go “all green”. His ignorance level is astonishing: wind turbine blades are made of fiberglass, which is made of plastic, a petroleum derivative, and glass. While the panels for solar collection are made of silicon, it is an energy intensive process. Aside from that, the production of solar panels and the silicon wafers that sit on them is so polluting that in China, where the waste is dumped on open land instead of being treated, the land is so polluted that it is unusable for agriculture, and people who live anywhere in the vicinity of these waste ponds are living in air polluted with toxic compounds.

And then, there’s the disposal problem: https://energypost.eu/if-solar-panels-are-so-clean-why-do-they-produce-so-much-toxic-waste/

No, they aren’t being recycled. They are simply tossed.  From the article:

The problem of solar panel disposal “will explode with full force in two or three decades and wreck the environment” because it “is a huge amount of waste and they are not easy to recycle.”

“The reality is that there is a problem now, and it’s only going to get larger, expanding as rapidly as the PV industry expanded 10 years ago.”

“Contrary to previous assumptions, pollutants such as lead or carcinogenic cadmium can be almost completely washed out of the fragments of solar modules over a period of several months, for example by rainwater.”

Were these statements made by the right-wing Heritage Foundation? Koch-funded global warming deniers? The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal?

None of the above. Rather, the quotes come from a senior Chinese solar official, a 40-year veteran of the U.S. solar industry, and research scientists with the German Stuttgart Institute for Photovoltaics.

With few environmental journalists willing to report on much of anything other than the good news about renewables, it’s been left to environmental scientists and solar industry leaders to raise the alarm.

Solar panels often contain lead, cadmium, and other toxic chemicals that cannot be removed without breaking apart the entire panel.   – article

And none of these precautions are being taken. I did look for that. Nothing.

Is there an end to the oil & gas business? No. The late Dr. Thomas Gold found that in deep drilling, there is bacterial chemistry functioning that produces a grey sludge which, as it rises toward the surface, becomes less viscous and more fluid because it ages as it rises. His abiogenic theory was based on his work as an astrophysicist, with his findings that hydrocarbons are a universal molecule, not just something produced by algae and plankton. We Hoomans are, in fact, made up of hydrocarbons, so what is Joey going to do about that?

https://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2015/07/oil_deniers.html

From the article:  Noticing that hydrocarbons, organic compounds of hydrogen and carbon, are present on and in other astronomical bodies, Gold reasoned that Earth’s oil might originate from nonliving sources instead of living ones. He argued that an unfathomable amount of hydrocarbons were locked within Earth, and that as they seeped upwards, they were converted to oil and gas. He eventually outlined his theory in a book, The Deep Hot Biosphere, making two other fantastical propositions as well:

“that below the surface of the earth is a biosphere of greater mass and volume than the biosphere the total sum of living things on our planet’s continents and in its oceans… [and] that the inhabitants of this subterranean biosphere are not plants or animals as we know them, but heat-loving bacteria that survive on a diet consisting solely of hydrocarbons that is, natural gas and petroleum.”

In short, Gold claimed that within our world lies another world! An undeniably exciting prospect, there is currently no meaningful method of exploring it. Without evidence, a deep hot biosphere remains in the realm of fiction. We can, however, examine Gold’s original claim, that oil and gas are not fossil fuels, that they are instead abiotic. – article

It’s safe to say that Dr. Gold’s finding that hydrocarbons are a universal molecule, and that they exist everywhere, ends the arguments that petroleum is a threat of any kind to the world, when it is part of this planet’s heritage.

Did I say I also cook?

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  1. Commissar says:

    Transitioning away from something is not the same thing as not using it at all anymore.

    If you were so certain of the US future dependence on oil and gas you would not need to straw man the arguments of people wanting to transition toward alternative energy.

    • Ret_25X says:

      Idiot. If you knew anything about energy you would know two things: 1. there will be no alternative in your lifetime which is fine because there is no shortage and 2. there is no connection between CO2 and anything other than CO2 level.

      But, if you were even smarter than a yellow dog you would not be a running dog commie, eh Komrade?

    • SgtM says:

      Dust storms going on out here. Guess what all those millions of dollars worth of solar plants are putting out. Yeah almost nothing.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Wow, you just keep proving over and over, Taylor that you have less intelligence than a boiled hot dog.

      Straw man arguments? What straw man arguments? The whole “thing” is about oil, you idiot, and Biden and the rest of YOUR crowd are stupid enough to think that plant-based oils are just as polluting as petroleum. You bit down on that hook so fast that you make a trout look like it works in slow motion.

      There IS no straw man argument, period. That was not even a good try. 144 products listed come from petroleum industry derivatives, whether you like it or not and Biden is so stupid, he’d say “Yes, ban cooking, etc., oils, they’re pollutants” if someone asked.

      Go on, ask him if he’ll ban corn oil, canola oil, and other such oils. I already know what the answer is. Both of you are completely predictable.

    • SFC D says:

      “Transitioning away from something” is the pathway to “not using it at all anymore”. Stop playing word games, you suck at it. You’re a fraud.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Classic Marxism. Create an artificial hardship or shortage, and use the resultant difficulties to justify further Marxism and hardship.

      It’s about all Marxists can produce, hardship, and of course, corpses and misery.

    • Thunderstixx says:

      If you want to live without oil in your life, go right ahead.
      Move into the nearest cave and go naked…..
      And no, we don’t want to watch…..

    • OldManchu says:

      Transition – a verb.

      We “transitioned” away from the liberal Supreme Court.

      Did I use the word right in a sentence mr. know it all?

      Trump gonna get two more nominations over the next 4 years as well.

    • Anonymous says:

      Say sayeth the weaselwordsmith…

  2. USMC Steve says:

    But it does mean you eventually will not use it any more at all.

    Alternative energy with the exception of nuclear power, is and has been mostly a flop. Wind being the most egregious fuckup we have embarked on in some time. Know where the blades have to be buried, and no, they don’t biodegrade, either.

    How is it going in PDRC, where everyone now has to have an electric car, but the power is shut off?

    • Ret_25X says:

      there are no alternatives to hydrocarbons short of fusion…and the left will fuck that up for us as well.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      There’s been a trend toward finding a way to mine Titan’s atmosphere for hydrocarbons, as well as mining the surface of Titan (and it’s interior at some point), and using that in case our own supply of petroleum and natural gas run out.
      If you remember the Bespin gas mining plant in ‘Star Wars IV”, I think that was the inspiration for that idea.

      Not feasible now, and the hydrocarbons on Titan aren’t nearly as “mature” as Earth’s hydrocarbon load. Titan’s surface is solid methane. It has lakes and rivers and seasonal changes, and you’d have to have the right equipment to just visit there.

      The problem with that is partly the logistics and partly the hydrocarbons themselves. Ours are “cooked” into maturity. Titan’s aren’t.

      • BruteLarson says:

        The “Sirens of Titan” beckon?(old Vonnegut book). Seriously, When they say things like ‘we are eliminating hydrocarbons’ my eyes roll into the top of my head like a great white’s as it bites into something not so tasty.

        Have they revived the Phlogiston Theory of old and managed to make it work? Maybe “Unobtainium” is real? Alchemy?

        What in hell do they think powers the generators that charge their Chevy Volts, and Priuses(Pria?).

        They never seem to mention if The Chicoms, and India are on board with the whole eliminating hydrocarbons fast.

        Joe isn’t smart enough to refrain from making a 50 something crackhead the ‘beard’ in his creepy treasonous crime family.

        I don’t see him figuring out cold water fusion in his hinky little basement.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Sirens of Titan – oh, my! So much really good, imaginative sci-fi has gone down the tube with the idiocy that has become ‘Star Wars’. Started out as a ripping good tale, and turned into studio fodder to generate cash. Now it’s trash.

        The ‘Creature From the Black Lagoon’ has more imagination going than what’s showing today.

        I do keep hoping that some of that old quackery “science” will start showing up, especially since we’re still working on cold fusion (I think that’s going on at Princeton U). Maybe if we get WARP drive up and running, the ecohippies will go gallivanting off-world and stop bothering us.

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          Almost forgot: I keep tellin’ youse guys what AW1Ed tells me: electricity comes out of the wall socket. That’s why power generating stations need to be shut down. They aren’t really necessary any more… are they?

  3. KoB says:

    Freaking idiot. Very few of us have the skilz set to survive in an 1800s world, and that dorky, creepy, groping, lying, sack of sh^t, career politician has an even less chance. Here’s a thought, he and his kid and a lot of his peers are so enamored with all things Chinese Communist, let them move to the hinterlands of central Asia, see how they survive there.

    I am getting literally physically sick of Joe Biden and the whole career politician destruction of our Country. He is flooding the airwaves with his campaign ads that are filled with misstatements, gossip, inuendo, fake promises, worn out, tired talking points, and downright lies. I’m sure y’all seeing the same ones we are. And it’s not just on the main stream broadcast stations, it’s on all of them. I’m wearing out my remote control flipping past them. Nine more days, help him Lord.

    There was a porked loin beast that percurlated lowly in the crockett pot over weekend past. It needed a dog collar cause it was off the chain.

  4. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Cheap power is a cornerstone of an industrial-based society of free market plenty.

    Thus the Marxists must wreck cheap power, by any means necessary.

  5. Thunderstixx says:

    What the entire thing from the left comes down to is getting people out of their cars.
    Which will never happen.
    America is a huge country, we needs cars, cars are freedom, you get up in the morning, get dressed, head off to your job and as long as you have gas in your car you can go wherever and whenever you want to go.
    That my friends…..

    Is freedom……..

  6. Charles says:

    Solar cells are 99.999 percent silicon. Start with sand (silica, one of the most abundant substances within the crust of planet earth). Yeah, sand. And what isn’t sand is diffused into the silicon where it is damn hard for it to get out. (It’s hard enough to get it to diffuse into the cell to begin with.)

    So “recycling” solar cells can be as simple as grind it up to the sand where it started. Inert, harmless.

    But even the very best solar cells are 20% efficient.

    Well, the best of the best, under ideal conditions, will be at or near 27% efficient. In a lab, not a panel out in the real world.

    https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/148629

    What you can buy and bolt onto your roof is probably 15% efficient at turning all of the solar engergy into electricity. Low voltage, direct current electricity. When and if the sun shines.

    Then use an inverter to convert to DC to AC, use transformers to step up the voltage to reduce resistance loss, and what you have left is a science experiment,not a practical source of electricity for home or industry.