Energy Crisis Continues to Expand

The CIA reports that there are 266 “nations, dependent areas, and other entities” on the world today. During the last few weeks at least 90 of these are reported to be having continuing serious or very serious energy shortages. The number of countries with energy problems may be much higher as the CIA also reports that 94 of the world’s nations are islands many of which are so small they are rarely heard from but are almost certain to be suffering from $140 oil.

Most of the places having serious energy problems are in South Asia, Africa, Latin America, and scattered islands. Taken together, they make up over half of the world’s population. Nearly all are having electric power shortages that have resulted in daily blackouts ranging from a few hours to most of the day. Droughts, fuel costs and rapid growth in electrically powered consumer goods are behind most of the shortages. Insurgencies, mismanagement, and even accidents are taking a toll. Liquid fuel shortages are growing rapidly as poorer nations struggle to keep up with surging prices.

In sum, these shortages are causing serious hardships among peoples who have grown accustomed to electric lights, refrigeration, air conditioning and motorized vehicles. Some form of energy-related strike, demonstration, or riot is now being reported almost daily somewhere around the world. It will not be long before serious repercussions evolve from these shortages.

There are so many places with serious troubles that it is difficult to pick out the more vulnerable. Pakistan, where power shortages have nearly eliminated the export-textile industry and which is only days away from running out of liquid fuels, is likely near the top of the list. Bangladesh and even India may not be too far behind, possibly failing to produce enough food for their peoples. Beyond South Asia there are numerous places of consequence that may be facing political upheavals due to the declining availability of electricity and liquid fuels. Energy Bulletin

Go back to sleep now, nothing here to see.  50% of the world’s population is now in serious trouble, but you’re an American and it can’t happen here. Our special status and privileged position ensures that we will be just fine.

Ignore the 200,000 homeless children (in America of course) I read about last night, they’re not an indication that anything is seriously wrong either (not to be confused with the other 200,000 children being sold into slavery each year).  The other 20 million people still being held in slavery is just business as usual, of course.

We’re good.  Wages to (l)earn slavery is the normal course of events in America. Again, business as usual.  Sleep now, as you pull, push, crank, wind, lift, stack and sell, performing all the motions of a robot.  Ah yes, the American Dream as Carlin used to say, the one you’d have to be asleep to believe.  Sleep now.

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16 thoughts on “Energy Crisis Continues to Expand

  • July 15, 2008 at 11:36 am
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    A terrifying but eye opening post. I am so ethnocentric. I’m glad you are able to keep us apprised of what is happening in the rest of the world. Thanks Admin!

  • July 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm
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    Peak Trivia (2007)

    Combined top 20 nations (claimed/stated) “proven reserves” total 1158.9 Billion barrels (64% in the Middle East, aka Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Iran and Iraq)

    Combined top 20 oil consuming nations (only) usage per year = 24.89 Billion barrels.

    Canada reserves/usage = 33 years
    Mexico reserves/usage = 16.7 years
    Russia reserves/usage = 80.6 years
    China reserves/usage = 5.4 years
    USA reserves/usage = 3.9 years
    USA, Can & Mex combined reserves/usage = 7.6 years
    Global top 20 reserves/top 20 users = 48.5 years

    Assuming they aren’t lying through their well-heads, every last drop is extracted, no one else gets any, and no SHTF.

    Ha Ha Ha

  • July 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm
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    The horrible potential that Lonewolf’s numbers imply is a quick turn toward nuclear power. I see no reason why this country can’t get behind renewables in a big way. Investments need to be made now. As Admin has pointed out, however, strategic minerals necessary to generate power with renewables are in short supply. But not to get this technology on the path to realization is a crime against humanity (one of many our nation inflicts).

  • July 15, 2008 at 5:20 pm
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    Peak Uranium

    ~//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_uranium
    ~//www.theoildrum.com/node/2379
    ~//www.peakoil.org.au/peakuranium.htm
    ~//peakenergy.blogspot.com/2005/07/peak-uranium-and-thorium.html

  • July 15, 2008 at 5:26 pm
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    I’m of the view that switching to nuclear now would probably be a mistake. It would only buy us a limited amount of time, and still fail to put us on a sustainable path, while consuming the rest of these non-replaceable resources.

    Do we really need nuclear power that badly? Are we willing to trade off these non-replaceable resources that someday, we may really need for something far more important then running our hair dryers?

  • July 15, 2008 at 6:13 pm
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    I agree Admin. But given the American sheeple and the corrupt leadership, they’ll radiate themselves before they give up their all-consuming lifestyles. Expect a major investment in nuclear regardless of who wins the White House unless there is a clear decision to begin development of low cost renewables and an upgrade to the grid to permit transmission of renewable energy.

    Admin, you’ve also pointed out that they won’t let us have net metering and other types of incentives to “do it ourselves” because that is the way of independence and they want to keep us addicted to their power. Nuclear power is the answer of the status quo – with all its dangers and potential horrors.

  • July 15, 2008 at 9:25 pm
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    Nuclear power stations in 1,000 years will be poison zones. Who’s going to know how to maintain them so that they don’t sicken the rest of the region or worse? Don’t cling with your fingernails. We have to pull the plug on all of the gizmos that have made us weak and fat. When you look at those b&w pictures from the 19th century, where are the fat people? Yes, they had to work, and hard work at that. They needed those big breakfasts that we fatsos eat today and DON’T need.

    I used to bicycle on holiday trips–over 1,500 miles or more–and did it for several years. The first two weeks, no matter how much I “trained,” I suffered. Beginning the third week, I was totally used to the pace and my body adapted. One day on one of these adventures, I was buying something in a bike shop in Oregon. When I told the owner that I was cycling to S.F., he said to me, “Oh, my wife and I did it last year.” He was over seventy years old. So much for thinking I was a hotshot!

    A friend once told me that his grandfather moved from Minnesota to Manitoba, Canada using a bicycle and a wagon. Think about that. We can all adapt, and we have no choice. Just forget about clinging to a dying dream. We’ve been asleep for over a century, but the hypnotist has counted three and snapped his fingers.

    “Welcome back. How do you feel?”

    “Tired.”

    “You’ll get used to it.”

    “Next!”

  • July 16, 2008 at 6:24 am
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    So, on one of the survivalist lists I’m on, someone says that ‘his brother worked the North Slope of Alaska, and on Gull Island, 5 miles from Prudhoe Bay, they drilled one well and found a field with more oil than the biggest field in Saudi Arabia. But the oil company covered it up’.

    Okay, HOW many things are wrong in this guy’s assertion? Leaving aside the whole “my brother says” part to begin with … There is the USGS figures on what is really in Alaska…. There is the SIZE of the Prudhoe bay oil field – 334 square miles – “5 miles from Prudhoe bay” IS THE SAME BLOODY OIL FIELD. To paraphrase ‘there will be blood’, it’s the same milk shake. There is the – how secret can it be, when Sean Hannity has been whining about this ‘secret’ for ages?

    This is why I don’t bother arguing with the morons – they bug me enough as it is, and they are NOT educable.

  • July 16, 2008 at 7:03 am
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    I can’t find the link now, but there is a guy that was claiming to be an oil company insider, and he was lecturing around the country saying that very story, that “they” found this massive field and capped it. That’s just an urban legend plain and simple.

  • July 16, 2008 at 7:25 am
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    You see these claims crop up all the time, usually from degenerate ignoramuses, the same kinds of people who would (or do) deny global warming, species eradication, claim cars can run on water, everything is a conspiracy, aliens are abducting trailer trash, perpetual motion is possible, and similar stupidity. In the old days, they would have insisted that they heard from a reliable source that the world was indeed flat, that it was just a big conspiracy to fool us into thinking it was round.
    *sigh*

  • July 16, 2008 at 9:21 am
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    I’ve known a few people who work on the North Slope, and they’ve made the same claims, ie., unused oil fields. I do not believe it. Some dude not worth mentioning is selling a book to this effect too.

    The world already knows what oil it has discovered and a pretty good idea what is left, we’re in deep doo-doo.

  • July 16, 2008 at 10:13 am
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    Way back in ancient HIStory (1970’s) I knew several helicopter pilots working in the Yukon and NWT shuttling drilling rig crews in and out of their base camps. They too all said that 3 out of every 4 holes that were punched (and productive) were being secretly capped in expectation of high value in later years. Claim was that this also had some tax benefit to the oil firms involved. This made no sense to me then and makes even less sense now. If there are 100’s or 1000’s of capped wells in the subarctic, well, they are totally useless without a pipeline(s) to bring it out to be refined/distributed. I seriously doubt that they even exist, but then, these DAZE, nothing would/can surprise me. I have no doubt that oil exploration firms were drilling and making use of massive tax loop-holes then. So, I am confident that many capped well heads exist This probability doesn’t suggest to me than any actual oil/gas was discovered in them. This was before and during the so-called “oil-shocks” of the 1970’s. Seems to me that someone would have spilled the beans or build a pipeline by now if it was actually up there. I suspect that these pilots were just listening to crews chattering on their way in/out of the rigs and overheard claims of capping off this and that well without any understanding of what was being said. Then the rumor mill took off. Go figure! Some if not most people will believe absolutely anything if they ‘want’ to/it ‘bad enough’ – e.g. Peter Pan, the Good ship Lollipop and happy ever after. Have a nice day.

  • July 16, 2008 at 1:10 pm
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    Being no expert in the petroleum industry, I can only state what I’ve read in “reliable” sources and that is much of the oil under Alaska is being held in “reserve” and that if drilling were allowed, in particular in the Arctic National Wildlife area, would only be about enough for the U.S.A. for 6 months, assuming it would be destined for us. If drilling were to occur, wouldn’t it be sold to the highest bidder? (Not necessarily an American company, and not necessarily meant for spoiled Americans.)

    Regarding the switch to nuclear power, let’s not forget Three Mile Island and their surprise hydrogen bubble that formed inside the reactor, much to the total surprise of the engineers. Here we go again with technology having more downsides than advantages. I mean, these people running nuclear facilities were absolutely dumbfounded that this “hydrogen bubble” could or would appear. Why? Because they are like little boys playing with matches. No, make that little boys playing with nuclear weapons. They are tinkering with something they don’t even FULLY understand!

    Our state passed a law saying that electric utilities must allow net metering to individuals with self-contained systems such as solar. Well, gee, a friend of ours has completed installation of a combo wind and solar system and has been emailing their electric utility for a couple of months but for some strange reason they are not answering his emails and phone calls. He has made a chronology of “things to do” to get their attention, including contacting his lawyer.

    Zippy and ThePrisoner hit the nail on the head. We did fine (relatively) for centuries without technocrap and energy servants and we can do so again. If humanity even survives….

  • July 17, 2008 at 4:29 am
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    Capped wells are actually normal in the oil industry (I have some experience in this field from my time in west Texas). Most wells in a given field (or deposit) are at least partially interconnected via the geological equivalent of plumbing, that is, the conditions that created the oil in the first place exist in a given area (much like veins of ore). In order to keep the pressure of the field up, even as it is being relieved via the active wells, other wells which where drilled to determine the periphery of the field (how big is it? (how much oil is present?) are capped to keep the pressure up. Try drinking out of a straw with lots of holes in, for instance.

    In more recent years, many of these holes have been or formerly were used for water, steam, or CO2 injection, to replace the lost pressure in the field (keep the flow rate up) and to drive the oil towards the active wells. For instance, lets say you discover an oil patch. You drill around until you discover it’s extent and depth. Then you drill one active hole in the middle (for pumping the oil out) and multiple holes around the boundary, which you use to inject water (this is what is done with the big, old, played out east Texas fields, for instance). Any other holes you drilled you cap, to keep the pressure up and prevent blowouts in those locations (from the water injection).

  • July 17, 2008 at 5:06 am
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    One more salient point worth considering regarding Alaskan oil.
    Did you know that there is no direct pipeline from Alaska to the US? Yep. Oil is pumped from the North Slope/Prudhoe bay clear across the state via the Alaskan pipeline (which is old, decaying, and built with great haste 30 years ago across increasingly unstable permafrost) to waiting tankers in Valdez, on the Gulf of Alaska.

    From there, it would normally go to the highest bidder on the Pacific rim. You know, free markets, Adam Smith’s invisible hand, capitalism and all that.
    So under normal conditions guess where the ANWR or any other future Alaskan oil will likely go? Yep….$ flush Asia.
    Further, as there is not a complete crude oil pipeline network connecting the US’s west coast with the eastern pipeline network, there is no way to get Alaskan crude to refineries on the US east coast or gulf coast. So Alaskan crude usage by the US is entirely limited by US west coast refinery capacity (another reason 3/4ths of it goes to Asia), which is presently and has been glutted. What these produce is then used on the West Coast, mostly delivered by truck since once again there is no gasoline pipeline network connecting the West Coast with the rest of the nation (hence the generally higher gas prices out west).

    After all, oil is a globally fungible commodity, and oil from X is basically the same as oil from Y (all things being equal), so it is actually cheaper to ship Alaskan oil to Japan and eastern Asia and use the profits to buy oil from Venezuela and Mexico and have that shipped to the gulf coast for refining.

    However, the US, in it’s infinite wisdom, has passed legislation basically saying that since Alaskan oil is America’s oil, it should only go to America. To whit, I feel compelled to remind them that it is a good d*** thing other countries haven’t yet felt that way, otherwise the 65% of our oil that we import every single day would be conspicuously absent.
    Capitalism seems fine with TPTB, so long as it only works to their advantage.

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