" Is there a business strategy that I'm not seeing here ? "
Err, yes, it is the result of unnecessary restrictions by "environmentalists",
stopping access to easy oil that is known to be there,
as Sunsettommy has been trying to illustrate for you.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed
(and hence clamorous to be led to safety)
by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
H. L. Mencken.
The hobgoblins have to be imaginary so that
"they" can offer their solutions, not THE solutions.
(01-04-2011, 05:45 PM)SunriseJohnny Wrote:
(01-04-2011, 04:13 AM)Derek Wrote: "easy oil" seems to be used in a context to imply "peak oil",
so no, here, we do not "know" this,
I'm sure everyone here knows that the days of "Easy Oil" have left the building.
In point of fact, "we" are pretty sure this is a complete misnomer.
If you look around the forum you will find plenty to support this understanding "we" have here,
and as of yet,
nothing to refute or rebut that understanding.
Maybe SunriseJohnny could provide something to rebut what "we" know, or rather to the best of our understanding at present here.
If oil is still easy to get at in continental North America, why are large oil companies spending huge sums of money drilling so far out to sea in dangerous waters which require more sophisticated and expensive drilling equipment the farther they go out ?
Why are they wanting to drill in off shore Alaska against stiff opposition from environmentalists when they can take the easier and cheaper route and drill in easy spots ?
Is there a business strategy that I'm not seeing here ?
The oil companies are being thwarted everywhere to do the obvious.
ANWAR in Alaska is a good illustration of of the unholy trinity of irrational opposition to the originally approved drilling by President Carter in the late 1970's.It was later disallowed by the Democrats in the 1980's.
Prudehoe Bay in Alaska was another contested area by the environmentalists who predicted severe ecological impact.When the Drilling and other infrasructure was built.Today large herds of Elk and other animals apparently like the area.
The "easy spots" to drill are being strongly resisted or stopped,by that trinity of Government,Environmentalism and the media.
Meanwhile in the Gulf of Mexico,a few nations are drilling for oil as well including the Chinese.Who are drilling in areas that are resisted or forbidden by the American giovernment to the oil companies who can be regulated.
It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.
–William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1952