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Oil Sands Hypocrisy

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orinoco 01Utah has¬†little problem with their oil sands, yet¬†Alberta’s oil sands and the Key Stone Pipeline is trashed around the world as an environmental nightmare. Why the hypocrisy? This is a question that no one seems to want to tackle and give an answer. Oil sands are the same around the world. You can’t have¬†good and bad oil sand. So why is the world just picking on the¬†Alberta oil sands? The argument of being an environmental catastrophe just doesn’t wash.¬†¬†Since other oil sands around the world are not being attacked by the same environmental groups with the same gusto as¬†attacking Alberta, how can it possibly be an environmental motive that drives the push to shut down the Alberta Oil Sands. ¬†Just the idea of an environmentalist having two different views on oil sands depending on the country is ludicrous. ¬†It can’t be. The drive to shut down the Alberta Oil Sands must have another motive.

Venezuela is now producing more extra heavy crude in the Orinoco oil sands than its four upgraders can handle. The upgraders have a combined capacity of 630,000¬†bbl/d . There is¬†approximately 300 bn bbl of bitumen estimated to be recoverable (largest recoverable deposit on earth) compared to Alberta’s 168 bn bbl.¬†¬†The mostly¬†in-situ operations, as in Alberta (80%),¬†in Venezuela¬† are massive and very carbon intensive projects, so where is the protest to shut down Orinoco. Where is¬†the outrage and the news coverage. The largest oil sands deposit on earth being mined with little to no CO2 emissions regulations and¬†hardly a word.

The USA also has its oil sands production going on in the¬† Uinta Basin¬†in Utah. Although the Utah’s Uinta Basin bitumen deposits contain 90% less sulfur than the bitumen found in Alberta’s Athabasca region and Venezuela which averages about 5%, it is still Oil sands and comes with all the environmental problems all oil sands come with. Again, little opposition for the Utah product to be shipped by pipe through the USA. Not a word from the Obama administration.

An Italian oil company¬†ENI announced a project to develop a small oil sands deposit estimated between 500 million and 2.5 billion barrels reserves of recoverable oil sands ¬†in the Republic of Congo. Production is scheduled to commence in 2014. Small potatoes compared to Venezuela and Alberta but still oil sands.¬† Again very little criticism from our world environmentalists¬†even though it could¬†¬†destroy the Congo’s rainforest.

We could¬†go on with examples around the world from Russian oil sands to ¬†Kazakhstan, bottom line, Alberta is the only¬†oil sand producing country that is getting the shaft from the environmental community. Why does¬†so many factions¬†want Alberta Oil Sands and the Keystone pipeline¬†shut down or reduced to limited production. The answer has little to do with the environment and much more as to who is going to get the oil business and make the money. Venezuela¬†is going to be a big winner with the Alberta oil sands stalled. With its business dwindling to the US and oil accounting for 90% of its export business¬†, Venezuela has sold China¬†on their oil sands¬†resulting in China¬†dramatically altering its international investment policy, pulling back on its plans for direct participation in Canada‚Äôs oil sands. With Alberta Oil sands land locked its businesses as usual for the other oil-producing countries, the environment and CO2 emission’s be dammed.

As¬†David Hannum once said “there’s a sucker Born every minute”. Guess they all ended up in Canada since we’re the biggest dupe’s and losers in the oil sands environmental game. We coulda , woulda been a world-class¬†oil-producing nation if only we had known what game we were playing.

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Thorium Nuclear Power – A Real Alternative Energy

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Below is an interesting post (comment) by Texas . Tony on Thorium Nuclear Power.

OILPRICE.COM¬†-“The world currently has 435 commercial nuclear power plants, all of which run off uranium, but thorium is gathering support to replace uranium as a nuclear fuel, for several reasons. Thorium is much safer than uranium, being less likely to suffer a meltdown; it is a far more abundant element meaning that it should be cheaper to produce than uranium; the leftover waste decays at a far faster rate than uranium, meaning that it becomes safe far quicker; and it is much more difficult to create a nuclear weapon out of thorium waste”.

With all the talk of Oil and the Keystone , East West and Gateway pipelines Albertans should be aware that there is an alternative energy that could be ready for commercial use in 5-10 years that could be a game changer. Presently its has just begun tests in Norway in a paper mill for the next 5 year to see if it is cost effective for public use. If Alberta is going to establish markets for its oil it had better be quickly before the opportunely is lost.

Also, wonder if the Elizabeth May of the Green Party or Iran might be interested?

Postby Texas.Tony ¬Ľ Thu May 09, 2013 5:23 am

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In response to¬†the true costs of Thorium Nuclear Power and¬†batteries I can only guesstimate BUT… the next paragraphs¬†are indisputable facts, as are the graphs, maps,.
Thorium is 30 times more plentiful and half the cost of uranium. It yields 200 times more energy than uranium per ounce (according to Dupont research of 1959) It also has one-tenth the waste problem of uranium. Better still, as you can see from the above chart, there is enough Thorium deposits in America’s Southwest to power North America for the next 14 million years. No this is not a typo. 14 million years is the half life of the Thorium 232 isotope which is used to power these batteries. So neither you nor I nor our children’s¬†chidrn will ever have to worry about the disposal problem – which as I said will be one-tenth the headache that uranium gives us. In the chart below¬†you will see that there is enough Thorium in the world to power the world over the next millennium – or rather, 14 million years.
So really this disruptive technology is a game-changer since people will own and use a car battery for life and just keep transferring it to every new car they buy and when they get home at night, plug the battery into an interface in their garage that would power their house as well. We could also say goodbye to the power grid and electric bills forever. This is the¬†reason why the¬†industry leaders¬†like J.P. Morgan abandoned Tesla¬†in favor of Marconi when he said “If we cannot measure and sell the electricity, why¬†would anyone invest in it?” Unlike the relatively “cheap” energy that Thorium would provide (there will always be a one-time purchase/profit), current metered electricity is extremely profitable with residual income that is perpetual. Thorium does not provide that incentive to those more interested in a long term renewable¬†profit .
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Lastly, to preempt those that will scream and worry about the “radiation danger” of Thorium, the amount needed to power an automobile (the size of a golf ball) gives off the same radiation as most cell phones and television sets. You can handle it daily for 320 years before accumulating enough radiation that constitutes a health hazard. In fact the CDC admitted that common coal dust is 30 times more dangerous to human beings than Thorium (unless it is ingested in a powder form or drunk in liquid form). When used in batteries it would¬†most likely¬†be used in wafer form. See the below radiation chart to put this into proper perspective. So¬†, there¬†is little¬†reasons why cars, trucks, trains, boats, and ships are not using Thorium batteries today:
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There is one last point to consider РIt is being tested by China, Norway, and India to verify that Thorium can also be used cost-effectively to power conventional nuclear power plants (with 200 more times the energy output) with zero chance of meltdown or catastrophic failure. Current uranium-based operations time bombs can all be eliminated simply by switching over to Thorium with relatively minor conversions. Also Thorium cannot be used to make nuclear weapons. Are world leaders deliberately stuck on uranium only to justify weapon development?
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PM Idle’s No More

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Atawapiskat Housing - millions from government and chief builds band members a shanty town.

Atawapiskat Housing – millions from government and chief builds band members a shanty town.

Idle no More was originally a good movement to educate Canadians about the treaties and natives and to show case the terrible conditions the majority live in. Unfortunately the band chiefs have taken over the peaceful movement and moved it into a confrontational spectacle blaming the Harper government for everything they can think of .

This confrontational attitude seems to have come about after Chief Spence¬†of the Attawapiskat reserve¬†. a remote Cree community on the eastern shore of James Bay in Northern Ontario, was caught with no explanation as to where all¬†the millions in¬†government money went, and why many residents¬†were living in¬†tents and shacks with no utilities. When an audit was done, over 80% of the transactions did not have any information on where the money went. This moved the Conservative government to idle no more¬†and request¬† the reserves to be more accountable for the tax money that was being given to them. It’s at this point where chief Spence started her never-ending¬†hunger strike (fast) to take the attention of this huge scandal. Of course , many other chiefs from different regions¬†jumped on the bandwagon to discredit the audit and PM Harper for interfering with their affairs. Clearly this word ‘accountability’¬†is a dirty word for many¬†band chiefs.

The band chiefs are not the only ones that has a problem with accountability. The Unions,environmentalists, most political parties,CBC are also at logger heads with the Harper governments push for them to be accountable for tax dollars. When you combine all these free loader groups wanting tax-free dollars/status with no accountability it makes for a large noisy group that would love to see the Harper government disappear so they could go back to the old status quo wallowing in our tax dollars. These incompetent chiefs and other players are clearly combining their efforts to creating havoc around Canada to destabilize the HARPER GOVERNMENT .

Today in Vancouver the Idle No More with the help of the environmental movement¬†decided to protest and disrupt the environmental¬†hearings on the Gateway Pipeline, clearly hijacking the Idle No More movement and¬†moving away from the original organizers vision to¬†educate Canadians about the treaties and natives problems. This¬†spectacle must have been a diversion for their real agenda¬†to upset the Harper government¬† since the¬†Gateway has little or no chance of moving ahead. The only real chance for Oil Sands oil to move is by¬†train to the¬†US to hook up with the Keystone Pipeline. All the other ideas for moving oil sands are just ” pipe dreams. Protesting the Gateway is¬†getting to be just¬†an old standby for the socialist left to creat noise.

Its to bad that these self-interest socialist groups have stooped so low as to hijack legitimate organizations¬†that are trying to make a serious point. We use to¬†believe in¬†elections in Canada to decide our path. Today these¬†greedy¬†thugs and free loader chiefs¬†are trying desperately¬†to¬†hang on to their free tax dollars and power over their people by using bullying instead of elections to get their way. Like all dictators and bullies they will fail. Hopefully sooner than later so the rest of us get down to the serious business of helping the one’s that need help,¬†the native population

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Is The Gateway Pipeline Just A Trick?

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What if the Northern Gateway pipeline was just a¬†trick¬†and the real target to get Alberta Oil to market was to ship it to Prince Rupert by train. By now it should be obvious to¬†even the harden supporter¬†that the Gateway has so much bad publicity and environmental flaws that there is no way it’s going to fly. So why is it still being touted as the only and best way to get Alberta Oil to the pacific. Maybe its the perfect bait and switch.

When Warren Buffett and Bill Gates sparked some speculation with their¬†visit to Canada’s oil sands in August 2008, most thought they might invest in the oil sands companies. But instead, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, have both been investing in railroads. In 2011 Bill Gates became largest shareholder in Montreal-based Canadian National Railway with over 10% of the shares.¬†A $3.8 billion dollar investment. Huge even for a Bill Gates investment. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway¬†acquired the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad in 2010 after having first bought up over 20% of its shares over a period of several years . And now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe is among the U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration‚Äôs decision to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit. Turns out¬†a very smart investment from very smart investors.

And then there is the Canadian National Railway, the company that Bill bought, now considered¬†the biggest Canadian railroad based on annual sales, considers the Alberta oil sands a chance to expand its business, according to company filings. Flying under the radar¬†of the environmentalists rath, it¬†already has an established right-of-way to Prince Rupert¬†and could start shipping oil¬† to Asia as soon as loading facilities are built . Its been calculated that¬†CN Rail has the capacity to deliver 2.6 million barrels of bitumen to Prince Rupert each day, compared to 525,000 barrels via the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Plus CN has already upgraded their track. A wise move by CN. Sounds like a lot more dollars in Bill Gates pocket and a great plan, but¬† another blow for Premier Clark. And all the while the environmentalist and first nations have been putting all their efforts to stop the Gateway and the Keystone pipeline. Dumbo’s. Do they really think they are smarter than Gates and Buffet.

The Alberta Oil Sands will get their oil to market. My guess is that the Harper government will say, oops, your all right, the Gateway pipeline and that untrustworthy Enbridge with all its oil leaks is a no go. How about we  use CN Railway. A great Canadian company with a great record. With the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and now the Chinese all with billions invested, its going to happen. In the mean time the environmentalists are being led around like the bunch of sheep and dopes that they are.

Ship Your Crude Oil Products by Rail. When you choose CN’s Crude by Rail service, you choose to ship cleaner and greener.
http://www.cn.ca/en/shipping-north-america-crude-by-rail.htm

Just a thought!

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Climate Change Denier -The Climate Is Changing

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(images created by Robert A. Rohde / Global Warming Art) We are in a deep freeze not global warming

If the 65 million year climate change graph where a stock chart we would have bailed out or shorted the stock long ago. Regardless what all the environmentalist say we are witnessing some of the coldest temperatures in our 65 million year history. Temperatures are only considered to be increasing if viewed for the last 150 years, from 1850 onward which is what climate change fanatics like to point to while ignoring the complete history. So , yes, you climate deniers, the climate is changing , but history suggests we are presently in some of the coolest times in history.

Looking even further back over the past 540 million years, we are actually below the average temperature(15c¬†– to cold for dinosaurs) which¬† fluctuate from around 12¬įC up to 22¬įC. The cooling periods seem to have all bottomed at around 12C. If this is the case we may be naturally headed for warmer times ahead .

540 million years of climate change and 65 million year graphs

Charging a carbon tax on CO2¬†(Alberta Oil Sands)¬†isn’t going to stop the change. It will just transfer our wealth to someone else.

In the last 4500 years there has been as many as 75 major temperature¬†swings, none of them caused by cars or big industry. As late as the 1800’s we were just coming out of the little ice age. The fact is, global warming and cooling will go on with or without man’s involvement. This doesn’t¬†mean we should go out and pollute¬†the earth, it just suggest we have very little control over the temperature.

This natural climate change also suggest that we should not be over taxing industry in the name of climate change (carbon tax). All this does is transfer our jobs and wealth somewhere else. Greece is a good example of what happens when over taxing companies that create the jobs. They¬†become less competitive¬†with the rest of the world and¬†end up¬†struggling just to stay afloat. We can’t buy into this carbon tax grab in the name of¬† global warming. All the evidence that is being presented for warming of the climate is from 1850 to today. Just a blip¬†in history.¬†Environmentalist dooms day¬†scenario¬†is purely conjecture. We will always ¬†have devastating droughts like the American dirty 30’s and catastrophic floods like in Japan in 2012¬†, the¬† Netherlands, when the North Sea storms flooded the¬†lowlands with¬†10,000 lives lost in 1916 or the¬†Huang He (Yellow) River in¬†China in 1642 with a death toll of¬†300,000. Its nothing new.

In a March 28 a letter addressed to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden,¬†a group¬† of 49 former¬†top astronauts and scientist¬†ask NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies to ‚Äúrefrain from including unproven remarks on global warming in public releases and websites‚ÄĚ because ‚Äúit is clear that the science is NOT settled.‚ÄĚ Far , far from everyone, believes in todays global warming nonsense.

Quote from letter РThe unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements

The one thing we can all agree on is that the climate is changing by looking at the millions of years of climate history. We would be more prudent to learn to work with the changing climate rather to pretend we can stop it. So Deniers, stop denying and worring about the torrential rains in China today and get with the program.With the changing climate can be opportunity.

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Ship Rubber to China – Made in Alberta

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 I can see it now, trainloads of synthetic rubber being shipped to China instead of pipelines full of bitumen. No environmental protests , no native protests, no world condemnation sounds good to me. So why is the Alberta Government headstrong on this Gateway pipeline  to ship Bitumen while ignoring all other opportunities that Alberta oil can offer? Since why back when the Alberta government has been hailing they are going to diversify Alberta but nothing every seems to come of it. Sitting on one of the freest pieces of land in the world with a great entrepreneurial spirit , Albertans should be able to come up with other ideas on how to turn our oil into usable products like rubber to ship to China to support our economy.

About 15 billion kilograms of rubbers are produced annually, and of that amount two-thirds¬†is synthetic at $150 per pound. Since Alberta has the¬†oil fields, and the styrene and butadiene¬†used in synthetic rubber can both be made from oil, it seems a natural to produce rubber and other oil related products¬†in Alberta. Synthetic rubber can tailor its characteristics to produce very specific performance so why can’t Alberta produce speciality rubbers?

I noticed in a headline that Saudi Arabian Basic Industries, the world‚Äôs largest chemical company by revenues, is to build a $3.4bn rubber production plant in the kingdom in a joint venture with ExxonMobil.¬† The Saudis say the new plant fits into a wider push by the their government to diversify the economy away from oil and create jobs ¬†and meet the growing global demand for specialty elastomers. Can Alberta’s business¬†establishment afford $3.4 billion like the Saudis?¬†Is Redford’s¬†PCs even looking into this¬†and other oil related diversification?¬†Saudis Sabic¬†often works alongside global companies. Earlier this year it announced a joint venture with China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, known as Sinopec.¬†Redford’s¬†PC should be doing the same.¬†No problem shipping rubber. It may not be that beneficial¬†for Ontario and Quebec’s transfer payment handout if Alberta diversified but it will be good for Albertans.

Alberta¬† has to move on and stop pretending that there is going to be a Gateway Pipeline¬†shipping¬†our black gold to China. BC residents don’t what to take a chance¬†on ruining¬†their coast line with oil slicks.¬†The pipelines already going through BC to the coast will most likely be the last. We need to think like the Saudi’s and move Alberta in a direction to¬†diversify our oil products.

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Government Debt – The Next Generation Pays

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Someday this will be all yours

Someday this will all be yours

When looking at¬†the way Canada subsidizes its budget¬†deficit¬†and debt to pay for all the goodies we can’t afford, it¬†sure looks¬†like a¬†skeptical scheme to me. It appears they¬†take our savings to finance¬†our budget debt, then pay us¬†interest from¬†the taxes they collect from us¬†.¬†It’s not done¬†quite that straight forward, but in a roundabout way we never question.

Most just look at the national debt as a part of the system. Its¬† always been with us and always will. So who cares. Well , the next generation taxpayers better care¬†because the higher the debt the more interest it cost to service¬†, and¬†it doesn’t¬†take a Liberal professor or¬†NDP’s Mulcair¬†to figure out¬†where that money is coming from. Presently the net debt is around $580 billion and growing with interest to service the¬†debt of $35 billion annually or $16,500 per person. A¬†dismal¬†start for the next generation considering they also have to pay the provincial debts left to them, especially in Ontario.

The majority of Canada’s¬†debt (80%-85 %¬†) is owned by Canadians¬†through pension funds, Canadian¬†banks saving accounts etc. , mutual funds and provincial governments. These entities use their funds (that are given to them by you) to buy up government debt. In return these entities get¬†safety for their investment and a return on the investment paid¬† by the Canadian government, you, the taxpayer. In other words¬†the government borrows money from you through mutual funds etc then pays interest to the fund with tax dollars. The higher the debt grows, the more they borrow,¬†the more tax dollars they need to pay. A seemly never-ending cycle that will eventually come to an end. Like a Pyramid scheme there is no way the government can pay back the debt holders unless each Canadian chips¬†in $16,500, their share of the debt¬†. Fat chance of that, so, around and around we go. As long as the free benefit goodies keep coming , who cares.

Note: It is interesting to note that the government deficit forecast for 2012 is around $25 billion and the amount of interest paid on the debt is $35 billion.

NDP surging in polls. 99% want a bigger piece of the pie

As I mentioned in the beginning , it just seems little deceiving. The more debt the government piles up on our behalf, the more they borrow from us to finance it, using some of that cash to pay us interest. If the government is ever going to get of this merry-go-round it has to start paying off the debt by growing the economy. As citizens we have to get behind government efforts and stop throwing road blocks up like were doing to the Oil Sands developement, a resource that could bring billions into the Canadian economy, and stop demanding unrealistic benefits. if we are to prosper and leave a future for the next generation, who incidentally may be voting in the 2015 election for a social left government like the NDP if their prospects look dim with a mountain of debt to pay, we had better start to take our national debt seriously.

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