Life is Good, Life is Crude

The world consumes about 88 million barrels each day,  petroleum is used mostly  by volume for producing fuel oil and petrol,  both important primary energy sources.  84% by volume of the hydrocarbons present in petroleum is converted into energy-rich fuels (petroleum-based fuels), including petrol, diesel, jet, heating, and other fuel oils, and liquefied petroleum gas.  The lighter grades (Light Sweet Crude) of crude oil produce the best yields of these products, but as the world’s reserves of light and medium oil are depleted, oil refineries are increasingly having to process heavy oil and bitumen, and use more complex and expensive methods to produce the products required.

Because heavier crude oils have too much carbon and not enough hydrogen, these processes generally involve removing carbon from or adding hydrogen to the molecules, and using fluid catalytic cracking to convert the longer, more complex molecules in the oil to the shorter, simpler ones in the fuels.

In Canada, bitumen is considered a sticky, black, tar-like form of crude oil which is so thick and heavy that it must be heated or diluted before it will flow.  Venezuela also has large amounts of oil in the Orinoco oil sands, although the hydrocarbons trapped in them are more fluid than in Canada and are usually called extra heavy oil.  These oil sands resources are called unconventional oil to distinguish them from oil which can be extracted using traditional oil well methods. Between them, Canada and Venezuela contain an estimated 3.6 trillion barrels of bitumen and extra-heavy oil, about twice the volume of the world’s reserves of conventional oil.

Let’s take a look at all of this and see how it is going,  in your neck of the woods.

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Price:

After the collapse of the OPEC-administered pricing system in 1985, and a short-lived experiment with netback pricing, oil-exporting countries adopted a market-linked pricing mechanism.  First adopted by PEMEX in 1986, market-linked pricing was widely accepted, and by 1988 became and still is the main method for pricing crude oil in international trade.  The current reference, or pricing markers, are Brent, WTI, and Dubai/Oman.

This is one of the largest ecological disasters in the world.  As a bitter dispute over who is at fault rages, this report takes a powerful grassroots look at 50 years of devastation in the Niger Delta.

Aerial shots show vast black islands surrounded by shimmering slicks of oil. This is what much of the Niger Delta looks like after what environmentalists say is “the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez every year”.

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Peak Oil

Peak Oil is the scientific projection that future petroleum production (whether for individual oil wells, entire oil fields, whole countries, or worldwide production) will eventually peak and then decline at a similar rate to the rate of increase before the peak as these reserves are exhausted.  The peak of oil discoveries was in 1965, and oil production per year has surpassed oil discoveries every year since 1980.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says production of conventional crude oil peaked in 2006.  Since virtually all economic sectors rely heavily on petroleum, peak oil could lead to a partial or complete failure of markets or, simply an orderly transition to 100% renewable energy, within as short as a decade.

In an effort to hold oil companies to a higher standard in the Arctic Ocean, a coalition of conservation groups announced Monday (7/9/12) that  they are suing to challenge the federal government’s approval of oil spill cleanup plans for Shell Alaska’s upcoming operations in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

The last broken-ice cleanup drills in the Alaskan Arctic using skimmers and booms were conducted in 2000 in advance of another company’s drilling operations and were largely considered a failure.

We’re going deeper for Sweet Crude the best,  but oops!

Update on the Gulf.

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Heavy fuel

Petroleum products, in general, whether diesel oil, lubricating oil, light fuel oil or heavy fuel oil, are composed of two major elements, carbon and hydrogen.  The combination of these two elements is called a hydrocarbon.  Its ultimate source is crude oil as found in its natural states in various geological formations throughout the world.

The US military has made an extraordinary effort to convert all of its gas-powered equipment to operate on one fuel.  It’s an initiative termed as “One Fuel Foreword”.  There are a few different types of fuels that fall in the category of “Heavy Fuel”.  The largely Kerosene based JP8 is one of the primary fuels used for this initiative.  The reason for using this fuel over gasoline is the fact that it is very hard to ignite and it can sit in storage containers for a very long time without degrading.  This makes it relatively safe and reduces the risk of fire on a ship or base.

Heavy fuel is typically used in compression ignition engines because it is more likely to ignite under high pressures.  A compression ignition engine is commonly called a Diesel engine and strapped with a turbo,  well you got something.

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Mark and Emmy Why Worry?

Why worry?

Worry is thoughts and images of a negative nature in which mental attempts are made to avoid anticipated potential threats.  As an emotion it is experienced as anxiety or concern about a real or imagined issue, usually personal issues such as health or finances or broader ones such social collapse of a community.  Most people experience short-lived periods of worry in their lives without incident; indeed, a moderate amount of worrying may even have positive effects, if it prompts people to take precautions.

Dr. Edward Hallowell , psychiatrist and author of Worry, argues that while “Worry serves a productive function”, “anticipatory and dangerous” worrying—which he calls “toxic worry”–can be harmful for your mental and physical health. He claims that “Toxic worry is when the worry paralyzes you,” whereas “Good worry leads to constructive action” such as taking steps to resolve the issue that is causing concern.

Now that is some great advise because when you become overwhelmed with a situation the brain will not give up until you get an answer that will correct what is wrong. Do not isolate yourself open up and confide in a friend or organisation that will listen to your troubles for help is around the corner. Like the good doctor said toxic worry will harm you which could bring you to a path of addiction or leed to suicide, why? Because you stayed alone with the problem and it eats away your strength to fight. Don’t fight the problem hunt for a resolution that cures the depress thought, like what the frick started the process  in the first place. Sometimes a problem can be so overwhelming you do not know where to look.

But try this if you look at a tree all the branches can represent what is wrong with going on in your life, instead of trying to analyze each branch look at the trunk for it is the whole of the problem and might be an answer as easily cutting it down. If that is to final look at all the leaves on the tree you can associate each leaf to a cure of  the problem where as if one does not work try another you will find an answer. As well, the good doctor urges worriers to find out more information about the issue that is troubling them, make sure it is correct.  Another step to reduce worry is to make a plan and take action and take “care of your brain.”

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Emmylou Harris & Mark Knopfler – This Is Us (Letterman)

On Letterman look who is on Bass Will Lee one of the members from The Fab Faux:

Emmylou Harris:

The daughter of career military officer Walter Harris and his wife Eugenia. Walter Harris, a member of the Marine Corps, was reported missing in action in Korea in 1952 and spent ten months as a prisoner of war. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Emmylou Harris spent her childhood in North Carolina and Woodbridge, Virginia, where she graduated from Gar-Field Senior High School as class valedictorian. In high school she also won a drama scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she began to study music seriously, learning to play the songs of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez on guitar. Leaving college to pursue her musical aspirations, she moved to New York, working as a waitress to support herself while performing folk songs in Greenwich Village coffeehouses. She married fellow songwriter Tom Slocum in 1969 and in the following year recorded her first album, Gliding Bird. Harris and Slocum soon divorced, and Harris and her newborn daughter Hallie moved in with her parents in the Maryland suburbs on the edge of Washington, D.C.

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Mark Knopfler – Cleaning My Gun

Right with The Times

OK here we go several vids of Mark Freuder Knopfler:

OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score composer.

Mark Knopfler is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977 with his brother David. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler continued to record and produce albums as a solo artist under his own name.

Knopfler has played in other groups occasionally, such as The Notting Hillbillies, and has guested on works by other artists, including Joan Armatrading, Chet Atkins, the Chieftains, Eric Clapton, The Dandy Warhols, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, John Fogerty, Emmylou Harris, Jeff Healey, Jools Holland, Sonny Landreth, Phil Lynott, Van Morrison, Gerry Rafferty and Steely Dan. He has also produced albums for such artists as Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Willy DeVille, and Randy Newman.

His musical scores include Metroland, Local Hero, Cal, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Wag the Dog, and Rob Reiner’s classic, The Princess Bride.

He is one of the most respected fingerstyle guitarists of the modern rock era and was ranked #27 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums to date.

Lyrics to Cleaning My Gun :

I keep a weather eye on the horizon, back to the wall
I like to know who’s coming through the door at us all It’s the old Army training, kickin’ in
i’m not complaining
it’s the world we live inRonny and Malarkey, they’re a devious firm
They’ll take you to the cleaners, let you burn
The help is breaking dishes in the kitchen,
thanks a lot
We hired the worst dishwasher
this place ever got
Hidden below the radar, they want to spoil our fun?..
In the meantime, i’m cleaning my gunRemember it got so cold ice froze up the tank
We lit a fire beneath her just so she would crank
Keep a weather eye on the horizon
Tap storm glass now and then
We got a case of Old Damnation
for when you get here my friendWe can have ourselves a party before they come
In the meantime, i’m cleaning my gunWe had women in a miracle, we had a dj
We used to eat pretty much all painless ways
Ever since the goons came in took apart the place
I keep a tire iron in the corner just in caseGave you a magic bullet on a little chain
keeping safe from the chilly winds
and the howl of the rain We’re gonna might need bullets should we get stuckAny which way, we’re going to need a little luck
You can still get gas in Heaven, and a drink in Kingdom Come
In the meantime I’m cleaning my gun

He holds three honorary Doctorates in music, in the U.K and along with this.

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Mark Knopfler – Walk Of Life .. A Night In London, live 1996

Live in London good sound recording:

A Night in London:

A Night in London is a live concert video by Mark Knopfler, released in VHS and DVD. The set list includes songs from Knopfler’s first solo album Golden Heart, along with well-known Dire Straits numbers and film themes composed by the artist.

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