Thoughts in the mind of l0oree

Conservation of Resources discussion

In 2009, the US imported 1.7 billion barrels of petroleum from OPEC nations, and 2.5 billion barrels from non-OPEC nations. The largest supplier is Canada (with nearly 1 billion barrels), followed by Mexico (just under half a billion barrels) then Saudi Arabia. (Check for details on the website of the US Energy Information Administration:

To help reduce this dependence on foreign oil, there is growing pressure to begin using America’s abundant reserves of tar sands and oil shale. Based on your assigned reading and what you came across on the Internet, do you think mining tar sands and oil shale is a good alternative to imported oil? Or, do you think the higher cost and additional damage to the environment caused by mining these makes foreign oil more appealing? Or perhaps you have another alternative. Whichever you chose, please explain with details.

I believe that continuing to drill is very bad for the environment and way too costly. I do not think the oil industry is honest with public about the amount of oil available or not all over the world at this time. The subsidies are used to partly keep this a mystery. I do believe that the peak is here or very close for them to be so adamantly persistent to drill in such expensive and environmentally unsafe conditions. Foreign oil to me is more appealing due to the lesser effects on the environment. Safe alternatives should be put into place as soon as possible due to rising cost and rising consumption of energy. The dependence on oil itself is contributing to the high cost of oil whether it be foreign oil or close. When the sources are low the cost will be high no matter where that oil comes from. When the oil is harder and more costly to drill along with the bad economy( will take more dollars than other currency to invest in the drilling) will make the price more than it already is. The price of drilling has a lot to do with the market and currency values also. This is one reason why countries with oil have so much power in congress.

A windmill on top of the car maybe? It might would take off slow, but the wind generated at full speed no telling how fast that might be able to get. Time has to be involved in how fast an object can go with whatever energy is used. Example it takes time for solar to heat up. This society is blessed to have a burst of seemingly immediate energy for everything. Is there some way we could slow down the speed of the portable energies we have today like dilute it? This would slow down the use also to create more time for fuels to catch up with the demand. This is hard to explain due to I am not a rocket scientist. I see two things that slow down energy consumption dilution and recycling. How to do that I would have to leave to scientist, because I do not have that knowledge. I am just a nurse and a mom. This is another reason why I am all for subsidies to scientist.

Katie I wonder a lot about that one. Where I live they do rolling blackouts randomly throughout the year for the reason to decrease the consumption due to the demand is too high and price would be too much. I do not think it is shortage but who knows. I do know the last rolling scheduled blackout, they blackout even the airport. It is very inconvenient to my job due to my patients are all on a machine cleaning their blood. When the power goes out we have to manually return their blood to them in the dark.




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  9. Thank you for posting this blog and raising questions on oil consumption. I will do my best to explain the Oil Sands and not as they are commonly referred to as the “TAR SANDS”
    In the province of Alberta, located in Western Canada, the Canadian oil sands operate to export oil to the United States market. As any major industrial mining operation tracts of land are deforested, organic material is removed and stock piled and mineral soils separated and stock piled for later land reclamation.

    The optics on major civil earth works to the average person seems extreme and environmentally insensitive. With back ground research the money behind the term “dirty Oil” used to describe the oil sands operation is funded by the government of Saudi Arabia. Exports from Canada to the United States seriously hurt the revenues of the aforementioned government and cuts into their supply to the American markets.
    The reality is simple; Canada contributed 2% to greenhouse gas worldwide and the oil sands contribute One hundredth of one percent to worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
    Having one trillion proven barrels of reserve oil lying in the ground just below the surface is in itself a natural disaster that will turn areas of Canada for future generations into a toxic soup as the oil leaches to the surface.

    What Alberta is doing right now has a benefit to this generation and the future generations of unborn Canadians and is proactive. Mining the oil sands in an open pit concept removes the oil saturated sand and the by product is bitumen that is then upgraded into various oils and gas.

    The oil sands operations in Northern Alberta have proven to reduce oil leaching and run off into natural areas where historical data has shown oil leaching into wet lands and rivers.

    Land reclamation and cutting edge research is reducing the tailings ponds and improving recovery of completed mine pits to sustainable environments once more. The reclamation returns the environment back to 75% of its original growth while removing the toxic leaching of the oil in the natural environment.

    It is not perfect by any means but neither is leaving the oil in the ground for future generations to address. Doing their best with the available technology is all there is right now. Boycotting or cancelling deals with Canada will only see the oil go to China and India, two very large countries whose economies are growing and will soon over take the United States economy as the dominate markets for export of energy resources.
    More consideration and critical thinking must take place for people to truly understand what is really at stake here.


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