Fw: [roeoz] Australia runs out of fuel ? That's funny according to 'comedian' Charlie Pickering
- This comment on fuel is a typical view of people living in Myopia. Smarter, knowledgeable people understand that fuel supply problems will emerge while the vast majority will continue to give no thought to the issue until the price really escalates.
The situation in the Real world is that about half the global store of oil has been used up (so destroyed) already. And that has been the easy to extract oil. The oil industry is now striving desperately to extract the hard stuff by measures such as fracking. And, of course, governments and the people at large are so engrossed in economic matters that they do not have remedial measures on the agenda.
The article describes some of the problems that are bound to emerge as fuels become scarce. That is an optimistic view because it does not embrace a realistic understanding that oil (together with many other natural resources) is irrevocably running out. Society will have to cope as best they can with that sign from the Real world while also coping with climate change and many other deleterious aspects of the impact of industrialization. To top it off, people will have to do this as many of the services they have become dependent on disintegrates. Our cities will by the end of this century be going the same way as the cities of the Mayan and Sumerian civilizations went in the past. The surviving global population will have to relearn many of the basic skills.
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Subject: [roeoz] Australia runs out of fuel ? That's funny according to 'comedian' Charlie Pickering
Channel 10 - The Project – 8.10 seconds – Fuel Fears - Imagine if you couldn't buy petrol …
23 million spread over 7,692,024 kilometres; about 800,000
kilometres of roads; some 17 million vehicles for work … including food and
medicines … could all grind to a halt in 3 weeks … NRMA has a ‘report’
(Australian Liquid Fuel Security) claiming government has ‘allowed us to be too
dependent on overseas oil’ … (not that
we are selling off good oil and buying non-sweet) …
John Blackburn (RAFF AVM Retired – Report Author) said
Australia 95% of fuel used in petrol and diesel; we have about 3 weeks supply;
shops would run out of chilled, frozen and dried foods in 9 days; hospitals
would run out of medicines in 3 days and chemists in a week;
Of course the dip-shit ‘comedian’ Charlie Pickering tried to make light of it
with one of his atypical comments (cue the laugh machine) about rampaging
Two refiners will close by end of 2104, leaving about 8 …;
he asks ahs the government been complacent; the answer is government is focused
on money (we are still selling off our good
sweet oil and buying non-sweet) ..
The atypical dumb-blonde hostess Carrie Bickmore said “it’s
all pie in the sky” (does she have children, does she take care of them ?) and
asked Graham Bligh of NRMA – who tried to appear knowledgeable (and get with
the make light of a serious predicament genre of the show) - he said “Japan and
China are having a stoush over an island – spread into South China Seas”; “Israel could drop a bomb on Iran and 50% of
our oil comes from there and what if the closed the strait of Hormitz channel
.. he said it might happen and if it does, it could affect us enormously ..’
Pickering said "most countries have 90 days fuel, we don’t
why is that" ? “ Bligh says “we’re complainant, the White Paper says we’re rated
9th energy provider in the world, but it’s not fuel .. when asked
what can we do Bligh said “so what we’ve got to do is recognize the problem; the
potential problem; get serious people in Canberra thinking about it seriously; analyse could it happen: when could it happen;
the cost of it happening; the impact of it happening; how many billions of $’s
would it cost us; those sorts of issues; once we get down to understanding what
the issue is, then we can start planning what to do about it; if we lost fuel
for two or three weeks, hospitals would run out of bandages in 3 days … then
boof-head host Pickering said “ well Graham, it looks like you've got some solutions
Doomsday warning on fuel stock
BY:CAMERON STEWART From: The Australian February 28, 2013
AUSTRALIA would grind to a halt within three weeks with
almost no deliveries of food or medicine if its overseas oil and fuel supplies
were cut off.
An NRMA-commissioned report on the nation's liquid fuel
security released today says the government has allowed the country to become
too dependent on foreign supply of liquid fuels. It says there are no coherent contingency plans to deal with
the devastating impact of any cut to overseas supply because of war, economic
turmoil or natural disasters, instead adopting a "she'll be right"
The report, written by retired RAAF Air Vice-Marshal John
Blackburn, finds that 85 per cent of transport fuel comes from overseas crude
oil or imported fuel. This dependency on overseas oil and fuel has increased
steadily during the past three decades and will continue to rise as local
refinery capacity decreases. "Almost 95 per cent of our road transport network
relies on oil and it would be crippled within weeks if Australia's liquid fuel
supply was disrupted," NRMA Motoring and Services director Graham Blight
said. "We have about three weeks' worth of fuel at our disposal before the
country would come to a standstill."
The report finds that if overseas oil and fuel supplies are
cut, the lack of adequate transport will see dry shops run out of chilled,
frozen and dry food within seven to nine days; chemists will run out of
medicine within a week, hospitals within three days and fuel supplies for
motorists will be exhausted in three days.
The report says reliance on overseas supplies of liquid fuel
will only grow with the expected loss of 28 per cent of Australia's oil
refinery capacity by 2014 following the planned closure of Sydney's Clyde and
Despite the report's findings, the government has not
previously viewed fuel security as a major concern because it says Australia
will always have access to global markets for liquid fuel.
"The 2011 National Energy Security Assessment found
that a significant reduction in refining capacity is not expected to cause fuel
security problems, given our access to well-functioning global markets that can
provide adequate and reliable supply," the report notes.
But the report finds the government's attitude towards fuel
security is complacent and Australia would "not be the first country"
in history to get such an important assumption wrong . . . The very small
consumption stockholdings of oil and liquid fuels in Australia, combined with
what appears to be a narrow assessment of our fuel supply chain
vulnerabilities, does not provide much confidence that the strategic risks to
our fuel supply chain are well understood and mitigated by our nation's
leaders, the business community or the population at large," the report
The NRMA's Mr Blight said in light of the findings, the
government should bring forward its planned 2014 assessment of liquid fuel
He said a fuel security plan was needed to reduce dependence
on overseas fuel supplies by sourcing local supplies and safeguarding local
Australia also needed to develop non-oil-based alternatives
such as LPG and electric vehicles, he added.
Although Australia produces 60% of our oil needs in theory,
a large portion of that production is sold on the world market. Most oil imported into Australia comes from Vietnam,
Indonesia and Malaysia. Some comes from African countries like Nigeria a, only
a small percentage comes from the middle east.
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