Category Archives: petroleum

Irony alert – wind turbine involved in petroleum spill at sea

Hazard to navigation? Danish ‘Safety Ship’ OMS Pollux, leaking oil after colliding with Morecambe Bay wind turbine A SHIP is leaking diesel after crashing into a wind turbine off the coast of Morecambe Bay. Liverpool Coastguard has been in attendance … Continue reading

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Newsbytes – U.S. Democrats Embrace Shale Boom Ahead of Midterm Elections

From the GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser World Awash In Oil Shields Markets From 2008 Price Shock The US shale boom is shaping a new kind of Democrat in national politics, lawmakers who are giving greater support to the oil … Continue reading

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Quakes, Fracking, Hysteria, and Energy Independence

From Cornell University , another one of the numerous studies that tries to make fracking (via wastewater products) look bad because it is claimed to cause small earthquakes as far as 30km away, which seems more than a bit of … Continue reading

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Canada pulls the plug on the U.S. Keystone Pipeline – will send oil to Asia

Approves Asia Supply Route, Ignores US Route H/T Eric Worrall and Breitbart – Obama’s inability to make a decision on Keystone has finally yielded a result – Canada has made the decision for him. Breitbart reports Canada has just approved … Continue reading

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It’s Game Over for Keystone XL opponents ‘Game Over’ Claims

Even Dr. James Hansen doesn’t  believe Keystone XL itself will significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions Video follows below At today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Keystone XL, Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) asked well-known climate scientist James Hansen to clarify … Continue reading

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More Fun with Oil and Gas

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, having had such a good time with M. King Hubbert meeting the EIA, I thought I’d toss out another puzzle. This one is inspired by a statement from the King himself that someone quoted … Continue reading

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New – magnetic, reusuable, oil spill recovery material

Breakthrough or bogus? I ask readers to help sort it out. Every once in awhile something comes along that gives us a wow factor. This is one of those times. What you see below is a frame from a video … Continue reading

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CO2 causes earthquakes, is there anything it can’t do?

From the University of Texas at Austin  and the “if a small earthquake happens in the boonies, does anyone care?” department comes this press release that the anti-frackers will most certainly seize upon. Note the word “probably” in the headline … Continue reading

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Dana Nuccitelli’s ‘vested interest’ ? – oil and gas

As a skeptic of AGW, I and many of my peers are often subjected to scrutiny and accusations of being in the employ of “big oil”. It’s a standard line used by warmists, almost as effective at denigration as playing … Continue reading

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Canadian Tragedy

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I was saddened to read this morning that a train with a load of crude oil derailed and caught fire in Lac-Mégantic, Canada, and I started writing this post. I heard during the afternoon there … Continue reading

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Obama on Keystone XL pipeline, ‘the fix is in’

Obama says it should not be approved unless made ‘carbon neutral’. OSFC Rapid Response on Obama’s Keystone XL Announcement Not To Approve Keystone XL Unless Determined First It Will Not Lead to net Increase of GHG Emissions Ahead of President … Continue reading

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I’m on Al Gore’s radar – for showing a path forward

Heh. Apparently, I must be destroyed for having an opinion. From Al Gore’s “Reality Drop” project, the GoreBots have been given the orders. What’s all the hullabaloo about? An interview I gave with a website that covers energy issues. 

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Oil Production on Federal Lands Fell Again in 2012 – Climate Progress Blames Geology

Guest post by David Middleton “We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years.” –President Obama, Feb. 12, 2013 Yes, Mr. President, we do produce more oil at home than we have in quite a long time. … Continue reading

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“A [Junk] Scientist’s Misguided Crusade” Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

Guest Post by David Middleton More improper activity from the Million Dollar Bureaucrat… A Scientist’s Misguided Crusade By JOE NOCERA Published: March 4, 2013 Last Friday, at 3:40 p.m., the State Department released its “Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement” for … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Energy, Environment, James Hansen, NASA GISS, petroleum, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | 47 Comments

Keystone Pipeline: Housecats Have More Emissions Impact

Guest post by Steve Goreham Originally published in The Washington Times On Friday, the Department of State released a 2,000-page draft review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. If approved, the pipeline will carry up to 830,000 barrels of … Continue reading

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Keystone pipeline passes environmental review – ‘little impact on climate’ – ecos outraged

From Tom Nelson: Keystone pipeline passes environmental review: It’s the [CO2-induced] end of the world as the Sierra Club knows it, and I feel fine Keystone XL pipeline would have little impact on climate change, State Department analysis says – … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week – NYT on James Hansen & Bill McKibben’s ‘boneheaded’ efforts

Whoo-boy. NASA’s James Hansen disses McKibben in an email to an NYT reporter. Hansen was speaking candidly, never thinking this email would see the light of day. But that’s not the punchline… Hansen on the highly inflated 350.org Keystone XL … Continue reading

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SOTU: Energy Fabrications, Falsehoods and Fantasies

Guest Post by David Middleton During his State of the Union Address, President Obama had a few things to say about energy snd I have a few replies. Pres. Obama: We buy… less foreign oil than we have in 20 … Continue reading

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Life After Energy: What if fossil fuels disappeared tomorrow?

There is an anti-human TV program on the History Channel called Life After People, which portrays the aftermath of the imaginary scenario where all people on Earth suddenly vanished in a rapture-like event tomorrow. I’ve often seen it flipping channels, … Continue reading

Posted in Coal, Energy, geothermal energy, natural gas, nuclear power, petroleum, solar power, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 216 Comments

Conventional Wisdom, Unconventional Oil

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach There’s a discussion over at Judith Curry’s excellent blog, about peak oil. I find the whole madness surrounding peak oil to be one more example of our human love for warnings of future disaster. Few … Continue reading

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Weepy Bill gets Wapo’d

Heh, even the liberal mouthpieces think the 350.org campaign led by Bill McKibben against the Keystone XL pipeline is stupid, calling it “bizarre”. They write in a forceful editorial today:

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Up to 233 billion barrels of oil discovered in southern Australia

From the Telegraph: The discovery in central Australia was reported by Linc Energy to the stock exchange and was based on two consultants reports, though it is not yet known how commercially viable it will be to access the oil. … Continue reading

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“Canadian oil sands pollute nearby lakes. Report is blow to Keystone pipeline.” (Or Not)

The only “blow to the Keystone pipeline” is in the exaggerated reporting of the science… The “report” (Kurek et al., 2013) did find slight elevations (relative to 1950) of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in five lakes in the vicinity of … Continue reading

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Cheap Natural Gas, but wait – there’s more

Guest post by Ric Werme One minor sign of fall where I live is the arrival of a letter from the gas utility announcing the “Fixed Price Option (FPO) lock-in price” for the winter season. FPO offers a price which … Continue reading

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Remember those tarballs that washed ashore during Isaac – that’s nothing compared to Natural oil pollution

I’m sure you’ve seen the picture of tarballs on the beach splashed all over the MSM after hurricane Isaac came ashore in Louisiana. The left leaning website Think Progress (parent of Joe Romm’s Climate Progress) framed it this way: A … Continue reading

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Inconvenient bacteria eats a good portion Deepwater Horizon oil spill

From the University of Rochester , those darned bacteria are ruining the eco photo-ops.  Video follows. At least 200,000 tons of oil and gas from Deepwater Horizon spill consumed by gulf bacteria Researchers from the University of Rochester and Texas … Continue reading

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“North American energy independence by 2020″

Guest post by David Middleton GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently released an outline of his plan to achieve “North American energy independence” by 2020. While the white paper (1) is short on specific details, it does contain quite a … Continue reading

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USA CO2 emissions may drop to 1990 levels this year

I graphed the EIA data, shown below. What is most interesting is that this is market driven, not mandate driven. Amazing Shale: US CO2 Emissions Plummet Towards 1990 Levels by John Hanger (via The GWPF) America’s carbon emissions may drop … Continue reading

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In the Oil game, Russia has the longest suit to play

Guest post by David Archibald Logistic decline plots may be misleading when the production profile has been affected by political events. Nevertheless, Figure 1 shows a logistic decline plot for Russia’s conventional production. The result is in line with Russian … Continue reading

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A look at oil production

Saudi Production Profile Guest post by David Archibald World conventional oil production peaked in 2005 and has been on a plateau at about that level ever since. This graph suggests that the market changed from inherent over-supply to inherent tightness … Continue reading

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On Fracking

  This post represents two milestones for WUWT. 1. It is the first post where a detailed examination of fracking has been offered to the readers. 2. It is the first post I’ve authored from an airplane cruising about 35,000 … Continue reading

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The Ridiculousness Continues – Climate Complexity Compiled

By WUWT regular “Just The Facts” With the help of an array of WUWT reader comments on this thread and several others documented within, I’ve been compiling a summary of all potential climatic variables in order to build a conceptual … Continue reading

Posted in Aerosols, AMO, Antarctic, Arctic, Climate data, clouds, Cosmic rays, dust storms, Earth, Earthquakes, Energy, ENSO, feedbacks, geothermal energy, Gravity, hurricanes, Methane, Oceans, PDO, petroleum, Science, Sea ice, Snow, Solar, solar power, thorium power, tornadoes, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 266 Comments

Dallas earthquake not caused by fracking… And neither was the Ohio quake.

Guest post by David Middleton Wow! I woke up Friday morning to news that a 2.0 Md earthquake struck about a mile and a half from my office. I was sleeping at home, about 7 miles from the epicenter, and … Continue reading

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Price-Driven US Energy Independence

Guest post by David Archibald Mike Jonas’ recent post (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/03/peak-oil-the-rp-ratio-re-visited/#more-54146) has prompted me to revisit the subject of US energy independence. The best report on the subject of peak oil was produced by the Australian Government and then suppressed by … Continue reading

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Peak Oil – the R/P Ratio re-visited

Guest post by Mike Jonas On Dec 13, Willis Eschenbach posted a convincing (and eloquent as always) argument “The R/P Ratio” against Peak Oil being imminent. I would like to present a different view. In fact I draw the opposite … Continue reading

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