Thursday, September 1, 2011

All fracked up

4.3 Earthquake Rumbles Across Los Angeles

Nuclear Expert Says Fukushima Radiation Coming To USA, Massive Cover-Up Under Way

General: China Could Be Planning Surprise Missile Attack on United States

Simulation Map of Cesium-137 Deposition Across the Pacific by CEREA Shows Contamination in US Greater Than That of Western Japan

Probe on narcolepsy–H1N1 vaccine link finds genetic risk factor/ CIDRAP

Massive Wave Of Lawsuits To Be Filed By The US Against America's Biggest Banks As Soon As Tomorrow

Wikileaks Releases Entire 65 Gigabyte Uncensored Cablegate Archive (With Or Without Bank Of America Disclosure)

Retaliation: Greek Budget Expert Fired For Opposing Europe, Telling The Truth About Country's Insolvency

The Keiser Report: Cheap Slaves of Deflation (E178)

Egypt renews fight against H5N1

Indonesia: H5N1 identified in tree sparrow

Bilderberg West Bohemian Grove Illuminazi

Top Organics and Non-GMO Guys Back Monsanto and Halliburton Affiliated Company

New TEPCO data suggests there are 5 active faults near Fukushima nuke plant — Previously considered unlikely to cause quakes “Augmented Inspection Team” is only used when risk of reactor core damage rises by 100 — AIT already at quake-hit North Anna nuke plant

Spokesman: Quake damaged North Anna’s spent fuel bunkers; Concrete came loose — Not considered ‘serious’

CNN: Officials kept news from public that North Anna’s spent fuel casks shifted — Have known since shortly after quake hit Aug. 23

Strong aftershock jolts quake-hit Virginia reactors — Epicenter in same county as North Anna nuke plant (quake or underground detonation?)

9/1/2011 — Large eruption with static discharge lightning @ Sakurajima Volcano in Japan

9/1/2011 — Global Earthquake update and overview — Americas, Europe, Asia, South Pacific

9/1/2011 — Nebraska, Iowa, North and South Dakota = HAARP ring forecast

NOTE: After yesterday's media report that fracked gas from the west may be sent in LNG form from an Oregon port to Asia, and that it is being supported as a way to increase American natural gas prices

and to ramp up fracking operations, the following article on the Keystone Pipeline makes perfect sense and shows what is really going on. It has nothing to do with American independence from foreign petro-chemical cartels or with "the national interest". An east coast LNG terminal will be the perfect excuse to do the same thing here in West Virginia.

the only way to truly reduce our dependence on foreign oil is to reduce our dependence on all oil.
" ... the only way to truly reduce our dependence on foreign oil is to reduce our dependence on all oil."

That statement from the article below is in line with the Canadian report showing we would be better off both financially and environmentally if we skip natural gas
altogether in transitioning from oil to other energy paradigms.

Keystone XL Pipeline Will Export Energy Security Overseas
Steve Kretzmann
Published: Thursday 1 September 2011
Keystone XL will not lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil, but rather transport Canadian oil to American refineries for export to overseas markets. 

In push­ing for the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ap­proval of Tran­sCanada’s pro­posed Key­stone XL tar sands pipeline, the North Amer­i­can oil in­dus­try and its po­lit­i­cal pa­trons argue that the pipeline is nec­es­sary for Amer­i­can en­ergy se­cu­rity and its con­struc­tion will help wean Amer­ica of de­pen­dence on Mideast oil. But a closer look at the new re­al­i­ties of the global oil mar­ket and at the com­pa­nies who will profit from the pipeline re­veals a com­pletely dif­fer­ent story: Key­stone XL will not lessen U.S. de­pen­dence on for­eign oil, but rather trans­port Cana­dian oil to Amer­i­can re­finer­ies for ex­port to over­seas mar­kets.

A new re­port from Oil Change In­ter­na­tional lays out the case, based on data and doc­u­ments from the U.S. En­ergy In­for­ma­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Cana­dian Na­tional En­ergy Board, cor­po­rate dis­clo­sures to reg­u­la­tors and in­vestors, and analy­sis of the rapidly shift­ing oil mar­ket.
The facts:
  • Key­stone XL is an ex­port pipeline. The Port Arthur, Texas, re­fin­ers at the end of its route are fo­cused on ex­pand­ing ex­ports to Eu­rope, and Latin Amer­ica. Much of the fuel re­fined from the pipeline’s heavy crude oil will never reach U.S. dri­vers’ tanks.

  • Valero, the key cus­tomer for crude oil from Key­stone XL, has ex­plic­itly de­tailed an ex­port strat­egy to its in­vestors. Be­cause Valero’s Port Arthur re­fin­ery is in a For­eign Trade Zone, the com­pany can carry out its strat­egy tax-free.

  • In a shrink­ing U.S. mar­ket, Key­stone XL is not needed. Since the pro­ject was an­nounced, the oil in­dus­try ac­knowl­edges that higher fuel econ­omy stan­dards and slow eco­nomic growth mean de­clin­ing U.S. oil de­mand, even as do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion is boom­ing. Oil from Key­stone XL will there­fore dis­place Amer­i­can crude from new, “un­con­ven­tional” do­mes­tic fields in Texas or North Dakota.

“To issue a pres­i­den­tial per­mit for the Key­stone XL, the Ad­min­is­tra­tion must find that the pipeline serves the na­tional in­ter­est,” said Stephen Kret­z­mann, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Oil Change In­ter­na­tional. “An hon­est as­sess­ment shows that rather than serv­ing U.S. in­ter­ests, Key­stone XL serves only the in­ter­ests of tar sands pro­duc­ers and ship­pers, and a few Gulf Coast re­fin­ers aim­ing to ex­port the oil.”
Valero has con­tracted to take at least 100,000 bar­rels of tar sands crude a day from Key­stone XL until 2030. It’s pub­licly dis­closed busi­ness model re­lies on re­fin­ing heavy sour crude for ex­port. It is up­grad­ing its Port Arthur re­fin­ery to process heavy sour into diesel fuel. Its in­vestor pre­sen­ta­tions clearly show it plans to ship diesel to Latin Amer­ica and Eu­rope.

Valero – the Texas in­de­pen­dent be­hind last year’s at­tempt to over­turn Cal­i­for­nia’s clean fuel stan­dards – is the only U.S. com­pany among the six cus­tomers who have jointly com­mit­ted to pur­chase 76 per­cent of Key­stone XL’s ini­tial ca­pac­ity. The other re­fin­ers are Mo­tiva, a joint ven­ture be­tween Royal Dutch Shell and the Saudi gov­ern­ment, and Total of France, both of which have newly up­graded fa­cil­i­ties in Port Arthur tax-free trade zones. There are also two Cana­dian pro­duc­ers and one in­ter­na­tional oil-trad­ing firm in the group of six cus­tomers.

“Oil is a fun­da­men­tally global mar­ket – the idea that the pipeline en­hances our en­ergy se­cu­rity is a scam.” said Kret­z­mann. “Let’s hope the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion doesn’t fall for it. In fact, the only way to truly re­duce our de­pen­dence on for­eign oil is to re­duce our de­pen­dence on all oil. Let’s not fool our­selves that we will achieve ‘en­ergy in­de­pen­dence’ by serv­ing as a mid­dle­man for ac­cess to over­seas mar­kets.”

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