>What BP Does Not Want You To See

>Shocking video from Philippe Cousteau Jr. and ABC News, a dolphin’s eye view of the oil spill in the Gulf:

Please call your Senators today and tell them we need to pass robust, meaningful legislation that finally gets us off of fossil fuels, so we never again have to witness a disaster like this. We’ve been hearing about how oil is a “transitional fuel” for 30 years (and President Obama repeated that tired line again today). No, it’s not “transitional,” not when your entire economy is still dependent on it, not after oil shocks like the Arab Oil Embargo and on and on. This isn’t transitional, this is a giveaway to multinational corporations trying to make gobs of money.

Enough.

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7 responses to “>What BP Does Not Want You To See

  1. Jim

    >SB – what do you do to replace all of the speciality chemicals used in plastics that we get from oil? The fraction of oil that becomes plastic is not the same fraction used as gasoline. Gasoline (and I assume heating oil, jet fuel, kerosene, etc.)will become waste streams from oil refineries making speciality chemicals for things such as medical implant devices, contact lenses, food storage containers, the list goes on and on.Granted we would not be making as much gasoline, jet fuel, etc. assuming we go away from these fuels for transportation, energy, and heat, but we would still have a fair amount of these fuels just lying around as byproducts.

  2. >That's a really good reason why we need to stop using oil to fuel our transportation sector and power our electric grid. We have other alternatives to do those things. We don't have other alternatives for those specialty chemicals and petroleum-based industrial lubricants.But you know, 80% of the oil we use in this country is for transportation. If we can lower our dependence on oil for transportation even by 50%, that leaves a ton of oil for those other uses. And I guarantee you the economics would not make it profitable to perform this extreme form of deep-see drilling to make industrial lubricants and plastic water bottles.

  3. Jim

    >SB – the part of oil that becomes lubricants and specialty chemicals is not the same part that becomes jet fuel, gasoline, heating oil, asphalt, etc. Crude oil is fractionally distilled into its components. The gasoline fraction of oil is not usable for specialty chemicals. The jet fuel fraction cannot make plastics, etc. When you distill oil to get the specialty chemicals, you are going to end up with quite a bit of gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene etc.

  4. >Well the economics is the same, and continuing to drill for oil just so we can distill industrial lubricants is silly. We'll have to find other ways of doing those things, and we will. That's not my area of expertise and it's also a very small area of our energy use.There will always be a need for *some* kind of oil, just as we still see horses and buggies in Central Park and at some weddings. But that's not how we get to work and have the milk delivered, and that doesn't mean our entire economy needs to run on an old technology.

  5. >Here is local news from Florida:About 12 miles north of Dry Tortugas [a small island near Key West] , the crew on the Mattie Fay hauled up their shrimp catch and got oil.Tar balls were tangled in their nets with the shrimp. There was tar on the shrimp, tar on their boots, tar on their gloves.I feel like Congressman Charlie Melancon (D) LA … in tears!More later.

  6. >There are alternative materials already available for a lot of those non-transportation uses of oil — food containers et al. Thank you for this post. Facebooking now.

  7. >You can also make certain plastics out of corn. Lord knows we have enough corn, it's in everything.More corn plastic, less oil used.