Daily Archives: September 19, 2012

Wrecking a Nation: Oil, Dependency, and Redistribution

Monday, 28 March 2011 01:00
Written by  Ralph R. Reiland

Here’s how the economic and political system of a nation is destroyed.

Every price increase of just a dime per gallon of gasoline at the pump extracts approximately $5 billion from the pockets of U.S. consumers over the course of a year.

On top of killing family budgets, with a dollar per gallon jump at the pumps picking our pockets of $50 billion per year, there is on the macro level an inverse relationship between the price of oil and the overall health of the economy — oil price hikes deliver less job growth, less demand for labor, more unemployment, more poverty, more inequality, more inflation, lower real income increases, and smaller advances in the standard of living.

Additionally, higher oil prices directly cause greater amounts of U.S. capital to be exported, both to pay the higher prices and to pay for the growing levels of imported oil.

In 1985, the U.S. imported 25 percent of its oil usage. Today, it’s 61 percent. And still we are placing restrictions on increases in domestic production, both for oil and other sources of energy.

A few days back, President Obama, rather than sticking around a couple hours to explain to the American people or to the U.S. Congress why we were going to war in Libya, flew off to Brazil to hand out a permit to allow deep sea oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petrobras. Capitalist companies in America need not apply.

This particular foreign deal was an especially snug and nostalgic fit for Obama. Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is somewhat of a Latin form of Obama’s old Weather Underground chum Bernardine Dohrn.

In earlier days, Rousseff, a former Marxist guerrilla, was charged with running with a gang of redistributionists who accumulated revolutionary capital by way of kidnapping foreign diplomats for ransom.

A top priority for Rousseff today mirrors the “spread the wealth around” objective that Obama stated to Joe the plumber.

Dohrn, just home from a trip to Cuba in 1969 where she hoped to pick up some pointers on how to impose a “classless” society on the United States, displayed her true psychopathic colors in a speech she made to the Weathermen’s “War Council.” Speaking elatedly of the murders by the Charlie Manson gang of actress Sharon Tate, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, and three other people, Dohrn proclaimed, “First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into the victims’ stomachs! Wild!”

That’s the fully hateful Bernardine on public display, seeing herself as a new George Washington, a revolutionary fighter for a new nation. It’s the same role, except this founding mother was in serious need of a super-sized bottle of antipsychotic drugs and a super-tight straight-jacket.

Of all the places for candidate Obama to kick off his political career in 1995 in his first run for the Illinois State Senate, he picked the living room of Bernardine Dohrn and husband Bill Ayers, co-founder of the Weather Underground and, more recently, the national vice president for curriculum studies at the American Educational Research Association.

I’d have kept up my guard when Bernardine sashayed out of the kitchen and began circulating around with the hor dourves and metal forks.

In any case, it’s no surprise that things are coming apart, especially on energy. “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant, they can,” pronounced Obama during the presidential campaign. “It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

What’s the end game?  “Suicide Mission Accomplished”?

Ralph R. Reiland is an associate professor of economics at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.

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Vigor Announces ULSTEIN’s SX151 Design in the United States

ULSTEIN has over time been cooperating with the American shipbuilding group Vigor Industrial in the development of the conceptual design for a coastguard vessel (OPC – Offshore Patrol Cutter). Vigor is now announcing ULSTEIN’s SX151 design in the United States as part of a campaign aimed at the U.S. Coast Guard, that plans to renew its fleet with up to 25 new ships.

In response to the U.S. Coast Guard’s demanding Offshore Patrol Cutter requirements, Vigor Industrial looked beyond the conventional. With the Ulstein X-BOW®, Vigor delivers unmatched seakeeping and endurance in a capable offshore workhorse”, states Vigor in their campaign «Affordable Innovation. Proven performance.»

We have worked together with Vigor for two years, and have developed a concept we have great faith in. The ship is 100 metres long and 16.4 metres wide and has a top speed of 22 knots. A typical operating speed can vary from 5 to 22 knots, and the ship is therefore equipped with a combined diesel mechanic / diesel electric propulsion system. The ship accommodates 124 persons, is equipped with a helicopter deck and hangar, and a hangar for three rescue boats,” says Deputy CEO, Tore Ulstein, responsible for Market and Innovation in Ulstein Group.

This is a long-term project: “Several yards are currently sending their prospects to the Coast Guard. Towards the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015, the Coast Guard will award the contract”, says Ulstein.

Shipbuilding Tribune – Vigor Announces ULSTEIN’s SX151 Design in the United States.

GVEA, BP Sign Gas Deal (USA)

GVEA announced that it has entered into a natural gas supply contract with BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. Under the contract, the cooperative may purchase up to 23 billion cubic feet of natural gas each year for 20 years.

This positions GVEA as the aggregator, which is kind of like a wholesaler. All fuel purchases will flow through Golden Valley.

This contract benefits the Interior in many ways, including:

  • It meets GVEA’s needs for electrical generation. GVEA can convert the North Pole Expansion Power Plant to burn natural gas, displacing expensive oil-fired generation.
  • It allows for the expansion of a natural gas distribution infrastructure in the Interior. The high cost of space heating is crushing Interior Alaska. GVEA will be able to supply the natural gas, opening up opportunities for distribution system expansion.

“Beyond satisfying our own electrical generation needs, we recognized an opportunity to address the energy crisis facing Interior Alaska’s residents and businesses, in particular, the high cost of space heating,” said Cory Borgeson, GVEA Interim President & CEO. “BP’s willingness to work with our cooperative to address Interior Alaska’s energy crisis is appreciated and is crucial to the long-term success of our communities.”

It is difficult to determine the precise impact this natural gas contract will have on the average Interior resident’s electric bill. Savings are contingent on the price of other fuel sources, including oil. Adding natural gas to our fuel mix will help GVEA stabilize rates and provides an opportunity for decreased fuel costs.

Providing the project stays on track, natural gas is expected in the Interior by 2015.

GVEA, BP Sign Gas Deal (USA) LNG World News.

USA: Gulf Island Fabrication to Build 335 Class Offshore Liftboat for Montco Offshore

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. announced on September 18th 2012, that its subsidiary, Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., signed a contract for the fabrication of a 335 Class, 185 feet long by 135 feet wide by 15 feet deep, offshore liftboat for Montco Offshore, Inc., a marine operator based in Galliano, LA.

When completed, this will be the second 335 Class liftboat the Company has built for Montco Offshore, Inc. Revenue and man-hour backlog related to this project will be included in the Company’s consolidated backlog when the Company announces its earnings results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc., based in Houma, Louisiana, is a leading fabricator of offshore drilling and production platforms, hull and/or deck sections of floating production platforms and other specialized structures used in the development and production of offshore oil and gas reserves. These structures include jackets and deck sections of fixed production platforms; hull and/or deck sections of floating production platforms (such as tension leg platforms (“TLPs”), “SPARs,” “FPSOs” and “MinDOCs”), piles, wellhead protectors, subsea templates and various production, compressor and utility modules, offshore living quarters, towboats, liftboats, tanks and barges. The Company also provides offshore interconnect pipe hook-up, inshore marine construction, manufacture and repair of pressure vessels, heavy lifts such as ship integration and TLP module integration, loading and offloading of jack-up drilling rigs, semi-submersible drilling rigs, TLPs, SPARs, or other similar cargo, onshore and offshore scaffolding, piping insulation services, and steel warehousing and sales.

Shipbuilding Tribune – USA: Gulf Island Fabrication to Build 335 Class Offshore Liftboat for Montco Offshore.

Cheniere to sell Corpus Christi LNG under long-term contracts

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 7:01 am
by Bloomberg

Cheniere Energy Inc. (LNG) will sell as much as 90 percent of the output from its liquefied natural gas project in Corpus Christi, Texas, under long-term contracts.

The planned Corpus Christi site will produce 13 million to 15 million metric tons a year of LNG, Charif Souki, chief executive officer at Houston-based Cheniere, said today in an interview at a natural gas conference in Tokyo.

The company plans to follow the contracting model established at its Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana, Souki said. Sixteen million tons of LNG from Sabine Pass, from a total output of 18 million tons, will be sold on long-term contracts of as long as 20 years, with the rest to be offered on the spot market, he said.

“Those are the volumes that we’re not sure we can produce year after year so these will remain in the spot market,” he said. The first spot cargoes from Sabine Pass will reach the market in late 2015 or early 2016, he said.

Cheniere’s Sabine Pass site is the first in the contiguous U.S. to be able to export LNG. The project is expected to cost about $5.6 billion.

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Mitsui Buys Stake in Gas Natural Mexico

Mitsui & Co., Ltd., through its holding company, MIT Gas México, S. de R.L. de C.V., will participate in the gas distribution business in Mexico.

MGM concluded a share purchase agreement with Iberdrola Energía, S.A.U., a wholly owned subsidiary of Iberdrola, S.A. on September 18, for Mitsui’s acquisition of a 13.25% share in Gas Natural Mexico, S.A. de C.V.  with the purchase amount of US$ 82million (Approx. J¥ 6.5bil.). The completion of the transaction is subject to the relevant regulatory approvals.

In addition, Mitsui has also reached an agreement with the remaining shareholders in GNM to acquire 1.75% of an additional shareholding in GNM with the purchase amount of US$ 10.8milliion (Approx. J¥ 0.9bil.) to reach 15% in total. The completion of this transaction is also subject to the relevant regulatory approvals and closing of the purchase to Iberdrola.

GNM is providing natural gas distribution for residential, commercial and industrial segments in 6 zones in Mexico, including Mexico City and Monterrey, which are two of the largest cities, and Toluca and Bajio, which are two of the most developing cities in the country. GNM is providing its services to 1.3million customers and is the leading natural gas distribution company in Mexico, having a top market share both in terms of the number of clients and gas distribution volume.

Mitsui is currently engaged in various natural gas related businesses in Mexico, including the LNG receiving terminal at Manzanillo on the Pacific coast and 6 gas-fired power plants in the country, as well as a gas distribution business in 7 states of Brazil. Mitsui considers this transaction as a part of the vertical and horizontal expansion of Mitsui’s activities in gas related business and aims for further improvement of operation and service in each business utilizing its accumulated know-how in management and operation from existing businesses.

Mitsui expects further strong growth in the natural gas related market in Mexico based on the continuous demand increase caused by the steady and sustainable economic growth of the country and on the diversification of supply thanks to the shale gas development in Mexico and the US.

Mitsui, through this participation in GNM, continues to pursue further expansion of its activities in gas related infrastructure businesses in Mexico, contributing to the social and economic development of Mexico through the realization of infrastructure for a stable and sustainable energy supply.

Mitsui Buys Stake in Gas Natural Mexico LNG World News.

Oil Forever!

By Alan Caruba

I suspect that most people think the Earth is running out of oil or that the U.S. and the rest of the world are “addicted” to its use.

Both beliefs are wrong, but in different ways. First because the Earth produces oil in abundance deep within its mantel in ways that have nothing to do with dead dinosaurs and gives no indication of ever stopping this natural process and, second, because the use of oil for fuel and for thousands of other applications, not the least of which is plastics, is one of the great blessings of modern technology and life.

All this is made dazzlingly clear in Dr. Jerome R. Corsi’s new book, “The Great Oil Conspiracy” ($22.95, Skyhorse Publishing). By way of explaining why there is so much oil within the planet Dr. Corsi tells the story of the Nazi regimes development of synthetic oil after German scientists “cracked the code God built into the heart of chemistry to form hydrocarbons in the first place.” Known as the “Fischer-Tropsch” process, it permitted the Nazis to pursue war even though Germany had no oil fields of its own.

The widespread use of the term “fossil fuels” is a deception created by anti-energy propagandists and earlier theorists to make people believe that oil is the result of countless dead dinosaurs and decaying vegetation. Oil, however, is “abiotic”, a term that means it is a natural product of the earth itself “manufactured at deep levels where there never were any plants or animals.”

Corsi writes of Thomas Gold, a professor of astronomy who taught at Cornell University. In 1998 he published a controversial book entitled “The Deep Hot Biosphere: The Myth of Fossil Fuels” in which he applied his knowledge of the solar system, noting that carbon is the fourth more abundant element in the universe, right after hydrogen, helium, and oxygen. Gold pointed out that “carbon is found mostly in compounds with hydrogen—hydrocarbons—which, at different temperatures and pressures, may be gaseous, liquid, or solid.”

Gold, who passed away in 2004, was way ahead of most other scientists with his assertion that the earth produces oil at very deep levels. While telling the story of how the U.S. went to great lengths to acquire the data regarding synthetic oil production as our military overran Germany and then took care not to let the public know about. It was, after all, our own oil industry that had provided the fuel that aided the war effort in both theatres.

Correspondingly, the oil industry had no reason to develop “relatively expensive synthetic oil when billions of dollars in profits could be made annually bringing to market naturally produced and reasonably priced hydrocarbon fuels, including crude oil and natural gas.”

This mirrors the efforts of “renewable” energy producers, wind, solar, and biofuels like ethanol, to profit at the cost of billions of dollars in subsidies and loan guarantees paid for by taxpayers along with higher electricity and gasoline bills paid for by consumers; all of which are mandated by the federal government. It is pure crony capitalism to enrich a few at the expense of all the rest of us. None of these alternative forms of power could exist or even compete without such government mandated support.

As Dr. Corsi points out, “Eliminating the fear that the world is running out of oil eliminates an urgency to experiment with or to implement alternative fuels including biofuels, wind energy, and solar energy as long as these energies remain less energy-efficient, less reliable, and more costly than using oil and natural gas.”

There are, in fact, “more proven petroleum reserves than ever before, despite the increasing rate at which we are consuming petroleum products worldwide” says Dr. Corsi, noting that the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy, in on record that “there are more proven crude oil reserves worldwide than ever in recorded history, despite the fact that worldwide consumption of crude oil has doubled since the 1970s.”

So tell me why, since the Obama administration took over, have gas prices per gallon risen from $1.84 to $3.80 now, a rise of 105%? The American Energy Alliance compared costs between 2009 and 2012, publishing them to reveal that we are all paying more for energy. The average monthly residential electricity bill has increased 6% and annual household energy expenses have increased 31%.

At the same time, the Obama Department of Energy increased new rules whose implementation cost more than $100 million each 141%! The Environmental Protection Agency increase of such regulations increased 40%, the Department of the Interior, 13%.

Total regulatory costs (all sectors) went from $1,172 trillion in 2009 to $1,752 trillion today! If you were trying to bankrupt the energy sector and its consumers, this is a great way to do it.

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The Obama administration came into office declaring a war on coal, further restricting oil and natural gas exploration on federal lands and offshore, and wasting billions on solar, wind, and biofuel companies. That in itself would be reason enough to turn them out of office.

The Earth is not running out of oil and likely never will.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

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