I have been attempting to show how British Columbia`s BC Liberal Government forecast of riches beyond our dreams coming from fraccing and exports to Asia is but a fantasy tale being told by false prophets...
And I believe that case was made.....So far The Straight Goods has avoided the Environmental arguments against fraccing, and they are well documented and compelling....That story needs to be told
Let`s start with this..part 1
I have talked recently about Japan restarting their nuclear facilities, and as much as that troubles me....Through scientific researching and my own soul searching I have concluded nuclear power is better than the other options available, nuclear emits no greenhouse gas emissions...Homes and businesses do need electrical power to operate, the move to producing this electrical power by burning the world`s supply of earth-trapped gas is foolish, we don`t understand the processes involved, we can`t risk ground water supplies, ground waters that migrate and never stop moving..
I do know cement, cement casings fail, all cement casings fail, look at any concrete built structure and you will see cracks, seepage of fluids, deep well cement casing are both thin and have no re-bar reinforcing, without a shadow of a doubt every deep well casing will fail over time, thus releasing fugitives gas into the atmosphere and chemicals into water supplies and that includes methane gases into the atmosphere..
Methane is lethal, methane is like a hundred times more of a heat trapping gas than Co2, more corrosive to our ozone blanket
By shifting electrical generation worldwide to natural gas is literally locking the world into a one way path that depends on fossil fuels, transportation is a little more tricky to convert entirely to electric, that will take a little longer, however..
However Audi and other automobile manufacturers are moving to very sophistigated electric vehicles...Cars with a 300 mile range and the ability to be charged through solar cells or in about 3 hours with high speed chargers..More on this aspect of the future in later posts..
Clearly nuclear power generation is the way forward, nuclear power with an increasing mix of solar, wind, hydro electric, tidal power and other renewables, add in conservation and new found efficiencies and it can be done..nuclear power can supply tons of cheap electricity, with no greenhouse emissions, and new nuclear facilities are virtually waste free, they do need to be built where tsunamis and mountain landslides can`t pummel them....We just need to cross all our T`s and dot the I`s
At first glance natural gas appears much cleaner than coal but when one adds up all the activity, pipelines, drill holes, liquefication and transportation, add in all the fugitive emissions and it appears that one is no better than the other....My biggest concern is pumping millions of tonnes of chemical cocktails into the ground...
LNG in British Columbia, if we have 10 LNG plants operating, after temporary construction jobs 10 LNG plants will employee a mere 2500 people with about 2500 spinoff jobs...5000 permanent jobs all toll, and yet to keep that many LNG plants operating 1000`s of new leaking wells will have to be drilled every couple of years, endless amounts of chemicals injected into the ground and billions of gallons of water put in the ground, yes Rich Colman talks about brown water being used for this process, but that is but a tiny portion of the water used, billions of gallons siphoned from rivers and lakes, and who believes pumping brown-water underground can be a good thing, not quite clean water with added chemicals pumped at pressure into the ground to blow up natural formations..Yikes.
There are 7 billion people on earth, about 2 billion are mobile, there is talk about bringing India and China and other third world countries to middle-class status, meaning a car, vacations, trips, cruises and flights...
It isn`t going to happen, we are not able to support 7 billion getting on a jet, taking an ocean cruise, driving an RV to the countryside, we can supply the world electricity to run their abodes, but not on fossil fuels, at least not for long, even the vast quantities of earth gases are finite, the change will eventually come away from fossil fuels
Is this the last great battle mankind will see, energy companies flailing away in one last gasp to take it all, to fully tie the world to their unsustainable wares, to have bankers, investors and the public spend $30 trillion dollars on a ground gas society knowing full-well the futility of that folly with an environmental cost so heavy, is this their revenge, a scorched earth plan to wreak as much havoc and destroy watersheds around the world?....And when the gas bubble bursts, when water supplies are tainted, when nuclear and renewables are the last option, with the public broke, sickly and desperate..When drinking water being derived from ocean desalination plants is the new normal, will Exxon and Shell come to our rescue then?...
I don`t think so but maybe, just maybe by then the sleeping giant within us all will awake to hang the lawyers, lawmakers, energy company executives and a corrupted media by their balls.
Those leery of nuclear power need to read this, the new generation of nuclear power, Thorium reactors.
And like I said in earlier posts, Japan as an export market for BC LNG has ended before it even began.
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