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Forum Post: Wind energy and petroleum energy

Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 7, 2013, 7:43 p.m. EST by highlander (-163)
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there is a lot of news regarding the Kulluk drilling rig. I hope they are able to move it and fix the problem. I hope this is not seen as an impetus to stop drilling put more regulation on drilling. Alternative energy sources need to be found. Until then, let us remember the fact that 80 people have died in the construction and maintence of wind farms. In addition, the rare earth metals that are required to manufacture the wind turbines get mined in a process that, to put it succinctly, is not a clean extraction. Nothing against wind energy, but lets look at this Kulluck rig as an accident that is bound to happen considering the thousands of wells that are in operation and the number of wells that are being drilled right now.
I don't work for the oil industry; i do not work for the energy industry at all. I am just trying to bring some perspective to the discussion



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[-] 2 points by grapes (5157) 5 years ago

Actually, the very fact that Royal Dutch Shell is even trying to drill in the Arctics shows the desperation of the oil reserve depletion problem that the world faces. There are indeed huge number of wells that are in operation but very very few are actually in the Arctic Ocean. Hitherto, the severe environment intimidated the oil companies but the oil prices these days egged them on and so some fearless ones took chances.

Royal Dutch Shell had been exploring in the northern reaches of Alaska for years but drilling in the Arctic Ocean is a whole new endeavor, probably for all oil companies. The omen was not good for the first few test cases.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5157) 5 years ago

Rare-earth metals are used in the extremely strong permanent magnets for generating the electricity. Many came from China. They may not be "a clean extraction" but China certainly exports much coal-burning "exhaust," too, so we get the good as well as the bad.

Vastly more deaths than 80 people can be avoided by curtailing drunken driving, increasing tobacco taxes, stopping distracted driving, prohibiting smoking in multiple-dwelling buildings, etc.

[-] 0 points by highlander (-163) 5 years ago

But in the energy realm, each source has its ups and downs. there is no magic solution.

[-] 0 points by grapes (5157) 5 years ago

It is not just in the energy realm but everywhere as well, the best solution is always "it depends on ..." The smart people know what ... are and the not-so-smart people would always say that they are being equivocal, being mystics, and not knowing what they are talking about.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5157) 5 years ago

Wind energy tends not to run into the resource depletion problem that the gas and oil industry faces. I have not heard of mother nature having stopped blowing wind at wind-energy sites yet but I have heard of many gas and oil wells becoming depleted.

With the hydraulic fracking technology, on-land depleted gas and oil wells can produce more gas and oil that can compete with gas and oil from the Arctic Ocean without suffering from the extreme coldness and arctic storms.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago


[-] 1 points by highlander (-163) 5 years ago

that's it?

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Say's it all.

[-] 0 points by highlander (-163) 5 years ago

Wow. tell me how to find the meaning of life.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago


[-] 0 points by highlander (-163) 5 years ago

What in the name of Christ's Crutch does that fucking number mean? I am dense and slow and not part of the movement for progress. So what does that number signify?!?

[-] 2 points by grapes (5157) 5 years ago

42 is the answer from the computer "Deep Thought" to your quest for the meaning of life. See the science fiction The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Metaphorically, you cannot get anything more than stinkle from DKAtoday in the same way that 42 is always the answer no matter what.

[-] 1 points by highlander (-163) 5 years ago

thank you. A good answer. I think I will read the book


[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

OIC you bring the BIG oil perspective.