Today, with the science of energy stagnated and petrified, stunting education and wisdom, it is no wonder the masses are 'flag freaking' toward their own self destruction, rather than flag waving toward an unlimited, unbounded, prosperous future for all.Scientific Stagnation bodes an ill wind to evolution, sustainability, and survival as "cycles of humiliation, dumbing us down, violence, and Unrestrained Corporate Greed prompting resource wars with nuclear finality" join hands with global warming and ecological imbalance to precipitate the historical "rise and fall of civilization" - a Tsunami accelerating toward us with a far more spectacular event than the legends and myths of 'Atlantis and Lemuria"........ If more people knew that Energy from Corn (or going backwards to a dimwitted concept of radioactive nuclear power application ) sounded a wee bit kindergartenish and senile for the twenty first century......the Future may have a chance.As common sense in science is lost with the continued stagnation of our energy base and deep troubling theoretical foundational issues in physics, so too, Civilization's Survival Parameters fly out of sight, out of mind, along with the values and morals inherent within new scientific understanding which new energy systems would reveal. The new scientific comprehension would eliminate the caveman 'club/stick' conflict resolution methods still used in the 21st century. Besides, caveman club/stick methods do not work well with nuclear toys, as they threaten all of humanity."In a primitive tooth and claw society you have survival of the fittest. But as technology progresses it makes the Power, Greed, Controller, Killer, instincts so destructive that you eventually have survival of nobody at all, except maybe a few cave men. Either evolution weeds out the Power, Greed, Controller, Killer instincts or everybody ends up dead. Either moral evolution goes hand in hand with technological evolution and connects with scientific survival requirements for evolving, living systems, or we're doomed."The Deadly Dangers of a Mis-informed, Dis-informed & Un-informed Population, Ultimately to Itself, History Provides Ample Evidence.
The Solution: The Promise of New Energy Systems & Beyond Oil Evaporates the Problem: The ill designed "Corporism: The Systemic Disease that Destroys Civilization." when devoid of a Bill of Rights for Human Life, devoid of scientific parameters necessary for Life's evolution, sustainability, and survival.
U.S. Oil Addiction Is Here To Stay Due To Lack Of Alternatives (lack of alternatives??????)
Saudi Arabia Bullish On Oil's Future
Dec. 7, 2008
(CBS) The good news is that the price of oil is falling - a lot; it's also the bad news if you're determined that the U.S. should kick its addiction to foreign oil. President-elect Barack Obama says now is the time to do that, even with the economy in recession. But Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil supplier - with the U.S. as its number one customer - is pulling all the levers and spending billions to keep the oil age going. 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl went to Saudi Arabia a few weeks ago to meet one of the most powerful men in the world, Ali Al-Naimi, the Saudi oil minister and de facto head of the OPEC oil cartel.
"If most Americans had an opportunity to sit down with the oil minister of Saudi Arabia, the thing they would like to know is where you think the price of oil's gonna be, say, in about six months. Is it gonna be up or down?" Stahl asked. "You want my classic answer?" Al-Naimi replied. "No. I want your honest appraisal…and your judgment," Stahl asked. "My honest judgment is if I were to know what the price of oil six months from now, I would be in Las Vegas. Okay?" Al-Naimi said, smiling. He may be smiling, but this is a man with serious heartburn and vertigo. The price of oil has been soaring and sinking up and down uncontrollably. Asked why oil prices spiked to $147 a barrel in July, Al-Naimi told Stahl, "Basically, there was what's called a 'fear premium.'" "And the fear was that Saudi Arabia itself had peaked out. That you'd reached your ceiling of how much available oil is left in your overall reserve. So, what's the truth?" Stahl asked. "The truth is here is the kingdom with more than 260 billion barrels. And I firmly believe that the potential to add another 200 billion barrels of oil are there to be found," Al-Naimi said. If the oil minister of Saudi Arabia had one message, it was that there is no need for those fears. And to make the point, the Saudis let 60 Minutes see facilities that will increase the country's capacity from about 10 million barrels a day to more than 12 million. And they're going to the ends of the Earth to do it. One of those desolate places is Shaybah, a desert wilderness where temperatures can reach 135 degrees. The Saudis say that 18 billion barrels of oil lie beneath the red sand dunes, more than four times the proven reserves of Alaska. To tap into it, the kingdom's national oil company, Saudi Aramco, had to build an oasis there. Awayyid Al-Shammari oversees the mega-project at Shaybah, an area of the kingdom known as the "Empty Quarter." "We're on soft sand. We're not talking about a hard surface here," Stahl remarked. "Yeah," Al-Shammari acknowledged. "The logistics are impossible. The first thing we had to do is build our own road in order to access this field." "Once that was done, we had to remove one hundred million cubic feet of sand just to make the runway that we are currently using," he explained. "We had to remove a sand dune in order to connect two flat areas to do that." Al-Shammari said they also had to build a pipeline 400 miles in length. "And you can imagine the challenge of building that pipeline in a topography like this." But it was nothing compared to accessing the oil at Shaybah itself, which was discovered in 1968. For 30 years, it was considered too hard to extract. "Now with sand dunes this high, it's almost impossible. And the economics just didn't make it at the time until the development of the horizontal drilling," Al-Shammari explained. Horizontal drilling is where you place a derrick on firm ground and then dig down with a drill bit that snakes horizontally under the sand dunes, with branching tentacles like a fish bone. The drill bits can travel out for as much as five miles. The Shaybah facility is now being expanded to extract a total of 750,000 barrels a day of high-grade, Arab extra-light crude. Al-Shammari says the facility is almost done and should go online early next year. On the other side of the kingdom, there's an even bigger mega project at a field known as Khurais. It is also scheduled to go online next year. "This is the biggest oil project in history," project manager Khalid Abdulqader said. He told 60 Minutes 1.2 million barrels a day will be tapped from that field, more than the entire daily production of some OPEC countries like Qatar and Indonesia. The oil will be stored in massive tanks, some seven stories high. One of those large tanks is 300 feet across and the length of a football field. And like just about everything at Khurais, even the tanks have the latest bells and whistles. "This is a floating roof. So, when oil comes in, the whole roof will go up," Abdulqader explained. "And the stair also will rise up with it." There's more oil in the Khurais field than in the entire United States.....full text