September 18, 2008

Poindexter Pelosi:

Nope. I don't think it was like Obama's "57 states" (he was just tired that night, the way I saw it).

I think she really is that ignorant. YMMV.

Posted by Attila Girl at September 18, 2008 12:15 PM | TrackBack

57 plus "1 left to go. Alaska and Hawaii I was not allowed to visit because my staff just couldn't justify it." So the magic number is 58 or 60, depending on your interpretation.

The people making the decisions for your future have no idea of how things work, much less what they are. Nancy would draw an oil reservoir as an open cavern filled with oil, rather than oil trapped in interstitial spaces in reservoir rock. Natural gas can be made from coal or various digestion processes, or 'mined' from methane hydrates on the ocean floor. These wouldn't necessitate drilling and would be considered unconventional.

Stop the natural oil seeps polluting our seashores within fifty miles of our coasts. Drill, the drill some more!!!!!

Posted by: Darrell at September 18, 2008 02:15 PM

Would it prevent so damned much tar from washing up on Santa Barbara/Carpinteria beaches?

Posted by: Attila Girl at September 18, 2008 03:22 PM

Yes. Reservoir pressure is reduced, seepage stops.

Posted by: Darrell at September 18, 2008 04:34 PM

I've had enough pairs of tennis shoes and beach towels ruined.


Of course, if tar indicates the presence of petroleum reserves, does that mean we should relocate the L.A. County Museum of Art, and drill on its present site, adjacent to the La Brea tar pits?

(Yes: I know I just type out "the the tar tar pits," for the multi-lingual.)

Posted by: Attila Girl at September 18, 2008 05:42 PM

With today's directional drilling technology, you don't have to bother with the move. You can also locate drilling/production rigs far enough away from shore that you won't see them, even from a multi-story building. Basic trig, and it's not as far as you would think.

Posted by: Darrell at September 18, 2008 08:19 PM

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Just apply, wait fifteen minutes to a half hour, then launder as usual. No mess in the washing machine either. For hands, just apply and rub, wipe on paper towels, then wash with soap and water. Remember to wash because some people don't like the smell after a few hours. You'll have to use it to know what I'm talking about.

Posted by: Darrell at September 18, 2008 08:27 PM

I'm being told that away from beaches one needs 11-12 miles to preserve the view from the beach--though I'm still not sure what's necessary to preserve tides for surfing and keep the view moderately pleasant for boaters.

Presumably that depends upon the type of platforms being constructed. My impression right now is that islands are the most versatile in terms of angles they can use for drilling, whereas those classic platforms we visualize (like free-standing piers) have lots of benefits for little fishies. I assume that the "floating islands" are easiest to make go away when the oil dries up, and I further suspect that they are not used in the Gulf (though maybe it's like building high-rises in earthquake country: perhaps floating rigs weather the storms better).

Let me see if I can find those old tennis shoes . . . I think I might have saved them for either painting or washing the car (neither of which I actually do, of course).

Posted by: Attila Girl at September 18, 2008 09:08 PM

From the sand, you can see 3.3 nautical miles, which is about 3.8 statute miles. During late afternoon, the amount of energy hitting the ocean's surface from the Sun drops to a point where it's less than the energy being radiated away in the infrared. This causes a temperature inversion to form at the surface which increases atmospheric refraction and therefore the distance you can see. The amount of the increase is variable and depends on the "lapse rate" or the rate at which air temperature changes with altitude. Typically, you might see 10% or 20% farther than the equation above indicates, but in some cases it can be much farther.

Given that the top of the platform can be a couple hundred feet above the water, and you might find yourself in a tall building. Twenty miles is a safe bet. But, what if the drilling/production platforms looked nice? Doesn't everyone love lighthouses? Or something else. There is no reason on Earth why they have to look the way they do now. Go to Disney and get the Imagineering folks to have a crack at the design work. At these prices, you have a lot of wiggle room.

Posted by: Darrell at September 18, 2008 09:39 PM

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