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  • Keystone pipeline decision delayed again, likely until after November elections [View news story]
    I agree that Jake is very aggressive in his trolling. Whatever happened to Terry (she of the notable avatar)

    However, I am amused at how there is no corresponding outrage at the many SA posters who create a large # of right-wing posts.

    I guess it's only offensive if you disagree with it. In fact, I've seen multiple posters state something along the lines of "this is an investment site, take your politics elsewhere"... right before and after posting a right-wing message themselves. LOL.
    Apr 20 02:10 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ukraine pro-Russian demonstrators refuse to stand down [View news story]
    We don't seem to care about African conflicts that have body counts in the millions.
    Apr 20 09:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Keystone pipeline decision delayed again, likely until after November elections [View news story]
    Is it your belief that, should the Keystone pipeline not be completed, the tar sands won't be developed?

    Not having the pipeline *does* marginally hurt the economics of those plays. But the far bigger factor is the market price at which it can sell. Once that is high enough -- something the odds generally favor, going forward -- that oil is going to make its way to the market, one way or another.

    I would prefer that: 1) it move by pipeline rather than rail or truck, and 2) it flow into the US, rather than out to the Canadian west coast to Asian markets.
    Apr 19 09:30 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obamacare signs up 8M [View news story]
    Good morning DrP79,

    Respectfully, I don't agree that "what is the replacement is a red herring". There weren't really any serious proposals from the Reps on how to improve healthcare finance. I am *very* sympathetic with the one topic they'd occasionally raise -- tort reform. But that isn't a magic bullet. During the time that ACA was being shaped, the only GOP focus was "we're going to make Obama a 1-term POTUS". Well, I can certainly understand that as a political goal. But what were the legislative goals? Early on Obama wanted some GOP votes and -- I believe -- would have made some horse trades to get the votes. But all the GOP was interested in doing was trying to make Obama look bad. So he hardened and then started the more "black hat" maneuvers. And, in the words of a now legendary conservative column, conservatives "suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s".

    http://bit.ly/1mkZOs8

    I don't like what we have. But I have not yet heard any serious proposals from the GOP as to how it would address: 1) catastrophic medical bills are one of the leading causes of bankruptcy in the US, 2) the US generally spends more per person and gets worse outcomes than the despised 1-payor systems from benchmark countries, and 3) people unfortunate to have a serious medical condition while young (e.g., my 30 year old neighbor who survived breast cancer) found themselves practically uninsurable.

    I have every confidence that bright conservative minds have some great ideas that would greatly improve healthcare finance in the US. But all we keep hearing is "repeal ACA". Okay, I'm open minded. But then... what?
    Apr 19 08:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    I can understand why you are now trying to squirm out of your *multiple* postings in this comment stream, in which you have been trying to argue that the technology has been there for a long time for the large-scale exploitation of the shale reserves, which is only now occurring.

    Are you now admitting that's a ridiculous point of view?

    Or just continuing to be tediously silly with semantics? Oh, the "concept" of hydraulic fracturing isn't "new", so it's not "new technology". When, if you know as much as you pretend to about the industry, you'd know that the technical capabilities have improved dramatically in recent decades... enabling phenomena such as what we are seeing in the Eagleford, Marcellus, Utica, Haynesville, Bakken, etc. formations. Oh, that's "evolution", not "new technology".

    Unhelpful and tedious semantics. Intelligent people would that's new technology. Just like the concept of an IC in a PC isn't a new concept, but the "technology" within the IC gets better with every generation.

    Okay, I'm bored with you. You can have the last word. But good to know not to read any of your articles.
    Apr 18 11:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    http://bit.ly/1lhrsqp

    Please inform ANGA and EIA that there have been no improvements in the technology, as they seem to be lost in the woods, what with all those quotes about how new technology has made the fracking boom possible in the shale plays. Thank heavens we have you to inform us that all these industry sources are wrong (and other gems like -- North Dakota and South Texas aren't rural). LOL.
    Apr 18 10:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ukraine pro-Russian demonstrators refuse to stand down [View news story]
    Or make all the chickenhawks, and their offspring, join the infantry themselves
    Apr 18 05:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ukraine pro-Russian demonstrators refuse to stand down [View news story]
    For those advocating we "do something", what specifically are you recommending?
    Apr 18 04:44 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    The technologies (which include combinations of technologies, as well as associated processes) only recently got to the point to make widespread exploitation of the shale formations economically viable. Or it would have happened before. The formations have been known for a long time, it's not like geologists suddenly woke up in the 21st century and said "oh hey, look at all this shale". And it's not like people suddenly realized that technology at the state it existed 20 years ago would have been suitable for economical use now -- the various components were not in a state to make it economically viable. That's why the Dept of Energy put so much funding to support the development of the technology (shh, the industry doesn't like when that's discussed). And I learned this from the people actually using it, through direct conversations as well as hearing these O&G executives say it to our audience. So again, I'll take their word for it over yours.
    Apr 18 03:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    Given that I've attended multiple conferences in recent years, in which senior executives of many of the major players have stated that it is technological breakthroughs that are making it possible... I think I'll take their word for it.
    Apr 18 03:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    More generally, words mean whatever the majority of a populace decide it means. If you don't believe me Google the phrase "words that now mean the opposite of what they used to mean". And see what I did there with using a company name as a verb?

    The petrochem purists argue that the shortening of "hydraulic fracturing" is "fracing" not "fracking".

    So the general populace has hijacked the word "fracking" to refer to the modern (circa 2010) technology and processes utilized to extract hydrocarbon-based products from previously unexploited resources on a large scale.

    Booyah. :-)
    Apr 18 09:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    You have a higher opinion of the general public than I do.

    I live near the Eagleford Shale formation and I can assure you that all the activity is in decidedly rural areas. What part of the Bakken activity would you consider not rural? How about Fayetteville? I know many people who are actually doing the drilling in the Marcellus, ain't many staying in big city hotels because all of their activity is in more rural areas.

    Tell me more about this "fracking boom" that waited until 2008, until it drove a recent massive runup in land and mineral rights prices that were otherwise backwaters in South Texas, a precipitous supply-driven drop in US natural gas prices, switching the plans for Gulf of Mexico LNG ports to change from import to export facilities, and enabling diner waitresses in Williston ND to get paid up to $25/hour. Or is that all a figment of the general public's imagination because it is only now that the left wing media Illuminati just now started to cover it?
    Apr 18 09:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obamacare signs up 8M [View news story]
    Yes, as a supplier of patients
    Apr 18 07:41 AM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    Okay. So the general public is using 1 word to substitute for the ~47 you put forth directly above.
    Apr 18 07:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    Then please propose an intellectually honest definition that captures the modern methods of drilling that have made the recent gas boom possible in shale formations, starting circa 2008-ish.

    Every industry-written definition I've ever seen, and have heard described by industry participants themselves at conferences on the subject, speak to the new technologies and techniques re: combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

    I guess I'm sympathetic if the general public wants to simplify all this into a single verb.
    Apr 17 06:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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