Great comments all; I completely support
the visionary thinking.
I want to apologize to the group for
expressing my horror at the spill in such a loud way on this forum. My
father and brother both have life long careers as petroleum engineers in
drilling. It’s not my expertise. My brother returned this
week from his drilling work in Nigeria
and I had a long technical conversation with him and his colleague from Britain about
the spill. What I learned is the extreme complexity of drilling
systems. In BP’s case there were issues in so many areas, starting
with well design. One of the main things I took away was how much
decision making on rigs is left to a very few people, who are guided almost
entirely by corporate incentives. Get it done. Get it done quickly; time
is money. So, so many steps were left out in BP’s drilling process,
far before the BOP came into play. The BOP is the tool of very last
resort. BP’s had multiple failures, some of which were known well
in advance of the blow out; should have been remedied when discovered but were
My brother and his colleague discussed
the division of MMS into 3 separate agencies, enforcement, royalties and
regulation – this was done in England
years ago after a large North Sea blow out
They described how the 6 month moratorium
on drilling will move rigs overseas. Job losses in the gulf could be as
high as 30,000 or 50,000 at a time when jobs are desperately needed. Ultimately,
changes implemented will lead to more jobs, more regulation and different ways
of doing oil and gas business. But in the meantime, those in the industry
and this region will suffer greatly.
What I struggle with is change. As
someone working to bring change in the form of new and renewable energy
supplies, I’m frequently extremely frustrated by the slowness and resistance
of those who don’t want change. How do we get folks to be more
willing to embrace change, corporations, governments, people without having to suffer
such horrible catastrophe? There are many who believe that the
effects of climate change will bring similar environmental and economic catastrophic
upheaval. How do we build in incentives and change agents in a timely and
more comfortable way without having to destroy ourselves and our environments
in the process?
From: hreg@yahoogroups. com [mailto: hreg@yahoogroups. com ]
On Behalf Of William & Cynthia
Sent: Monday, May 31, 2010 8:33 AM
To: hreg@yahoogroups. com
Subject: Re: [hreg] Solar Resrve
If that is the case, and it's a good one. Peak and the
larger percent of usage is to cool our homes,no? If we as a nation built homes
to be ten-times more efficient at resisting the heat load THAT electricity
could be used somewhere else as a "swap" of peak usage/storage
combination to "charge" or shore up EV's? Taking into consideration
that electric rail use ( both public transpo and transport of goods) could be
utilized as well. Just thinking a what the future could look like. Since energy
will become quite a lot more expensive to build, feed with fossil fuel to keep
up with increasing loads, it seems that the most logical solution is to
super-double down the way we build and live in our homes. Being absolutely more
specific of environmental regions. As ours is hot and humid, with flooding
likely from time to time, and a drought thrown in every couple of years?
Hmmm... Design concepts are begining to get more complicated!
LaVerne? Instead of concrete slab foundations we should have used bright white concrete
roof structures instead, we're upside down!!
Thank you for the interesting emails all of you.