Headline June16,2012/The Real Black Art


If you ever get to study the 'economics of oil' you will find that : Oil reserves are a made up number , and there is an incentive to make it as large as you can. For if the oil price goes up, there are more reserves , because it becomes more economically worthwhile to drill for them. It's a real black art !!

Pyotr Aleshkovsky , a Russian writer and intellectual, is skeptical about the estimate that 25 % of the world's remaining fossil fuel lies beneath the Arctic Ocean - a figure attributed to the U.S. Geological Survey, which denies ever having put it out - which has taken on a life of its own in the media and even among scientists.

But on the ground we now know that there's a lot of oil in Evenkia, an autonomous republic in western Siberia, that they have just started to drill. And then there is the Oil Sands in Alberta Canada, which are supposed to have 65 %, and in the upper Orinoco of Venezuela, which supposedly has 25 %. But dangers mount.

In the last many summers, we have had record meltback. It's true that the Arctic ice pack, expanding and contracting seasonally and in response to a multiplicity of natural rhythms, is , in Newsweek's phrase, "a notorious shapeshifter."

The now ice-capped southern tip of Greenland had thriving boreal forest, with spruce, pine, alder, and yew, 450,000 years ago. Four to eight thousand years ago, willows, birches, roses, and heaths-tundra plants were growing on the northern tip of Sweden's Svalbard Islands, which are now covered with ice. Even in the 1930s, the Russian Arctic was warmer than it is today, and the Great North Way, along its coast from Murmanask to the Bering Sea, was completely open.

So the future meltdowns will be the result not only of man made global warming but also the north-south shift in the energy in the Arctic's atmosphere. The Global climate is a complex interactive system, with all kinds of nonlinear feedback loops.

According to a climate scientist at the Heinz Center Washington, "the last 10,000 years have been the most stable period in the climatic record, with a temp range that was ideal for humanity to flourish. But now wer are moving out of the 'sweet spot'. The vertiginous rise in mean global temps is something that can be explained by only one thing, a powerful new force in the climate system: US. "

According to the 737 Scientists at the Panel on Climate change, our contribution began to kick around 1750, at the beginning of Industrialization, also when our population began to take off!!

With many thanks to !WOW! And with a parting thought of 'A Legacy for Tomorrow!'

Good night and God bless!
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