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  • Getting Around China's Rare Earth Monopoly [View article]
    sounds encouraging.
    watch for further developments.
    > jack
    Dec 4 10:26 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • California Consumes More Oil Than China: Fact or Market Manipulation? [View article]
    crude consumption in CA may include refined products exported to other states as well as in-state cpmsumrtion.
    > jack
    Dec 4 10:22 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • California Consumes More Oil Than China: Fact or Market Manipulation? [View article]
    soon to be overtaken by india?
    > jack
    Dec 4 10:08 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Foreign Oil Dependency: The Root Cause of America's Economic Pain [View article]
    harry s. T had a military career in 1917-18 and knew how to recognize bullshit when he saw it.
    unlike some recent presidents.
    > jack
    Dec 4 08:14 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Coal vs. Natural Gas: Which ETF Will Win the Battle? [View article]
    the typical aviation gas-turbine lubricant is bis(ethylhexyl)sebacate or a related compound. wide liquid range & low vapor pressure are key.
    the partial-combustion products of such materials can be anything.
    when you put armorall on your automobile dashboard or tire sidewalls to restore gloss these are the materials you are using.
    > jack
    Dec 3 01:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coal vs. Natural Gas: Which ETF Will Win the Battle? [View article]
    calling CH4 a VOC is quite a stretch.
    typically VOC's are species released in the exhaust of a spray paint booth.
    ketones, hexane & cyclohexane, and others.
    or aldehydes in automobile exhaust/
    the basic problem with VOC's is photochemical reactivity (in other words smog).
    CH4 is not photochemically reactive, but is a greenhouse gas insofar as traps infrared radiation.
    > jack
    Dec 3 01:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Won't Policymakers Discuss Foreign Oil Imports? [View article]
    becoming less vulnerable was the way people thought during 1974-1980.
    the present system will remain the way it is because it generates megaprofits for the houston oil millionaires.
    > jack
    Dec 3 08:43 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Political Economy of Climate Change [View article]
    so we have to keep running pell-mell toward the cliff that we know is there....
    except that some of our politicians deny that there is a cliff.
    how much sea-level rise can we tolerate before the cliff is recognizable to all?
    > jack
    Dec 2 11:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alice in EVland, Part II: The Hall of Mirrors [View article]
    am glad you mentioned the massive taxpayer subsidies to big oil.
    > jack
    Dec 2 08:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alice in EVland, Part II: The Hall of Mirrors [View article]
    ad hominem attacks will get you nowhere sir.
    > jack
    Dec 2 08:44 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alice in EVland, Part II: The Hall of Mirrors [View article]
    the reason the nuclear (uranium) cycle is so inefficient (10453) is that these units are built without superheat or reheat.
    there was one unit @ indian point NY with an oil-fired superheater to improve the heat rate.
    this concept was not replicated elsewhere.
    this is a consequence of adm. lewis strauss; famous statement that nuclear electricity will be too cheap to be worth metering, we will just give it away/
    most of us were dumbfounded @ the time when he said that.
    in working up the numbers for nuclear you have consider all the energy consumed in mining, beneficiating, isotope separation by diffusion etc., i am not sure you have done that.
    in the case of coal japan (with essentially no domestic coal resource) has advanced supercritical cycles with 1050 (deg F) or higher main steam and dual reheat, 9900 heat rate or less. most of our u.s fleet is old and runs at conditions common in the early 1970's or older/
    > jack
    Dec 2 08:42 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Won't Policymakers Discuss Foreign Oil Imports? [View article]
    in 1974-79 we were doing something about our imported oil problem.
    that all came to an abrupt end in 1981.
    note that we don't have control over our borders either.
    > jack
    Dec 2 08:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Won't Policymakers Discuss Foreign Oil Imports? [View article]
    38.00 per bbl (includes full environmental protection) in full commercial production is not a bad price compared to $80.
    lots of cheap high-volatile feedstock available in southern IL, western KY.
    > jack
    Dec 1 04:15 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Won't Policymakers Discuss Foreign Oil Imports? [View article]
    yes foreign oil imports are a taboo subject not to be mentioned.
    yes 147/bbl oil was a bad idea but goldman sachs loved it & wanted to push it to 200.
    unemployment will be reduced and foreign oil will be reduced after the u.s. establishes a syncrude-from-coal industry.
    the opportunity to do this was missed in 1981 for political reasons.
    > jack
    Dec 1 10:26 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Quick Chat #124 11/26/2010 [View instapost]
    the benefit of the euro is you don't have to go to the geldwechsel window every time you cross a boundary. trade between national units is facilitated.
    england felt secure for many centuries behind the moat of the channel.
    now that we have a chunnel maybe the nonparticipation in the euro constitutes some sort of a moat, at least subconsciously.
    > jack
    Nov 30 04:02 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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