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baleen - 2011-11-26

I'm not really so opposed to the idea of drilling for oil or even fracking, but this is a pathetic amount that would leave a shithole of destroyed habitat in its path. The money to do this would most likely come in the form of infrastructural pork parades from mainland tax payers.

Under a billion barrels of oil. Really. Move on everybody.

Now, Bakken and Green River Shale, that's a different story. We're talking about more oil than Saudi Arabia.

baleen - 2011-11-26

Don Young is the manifested archangel of Republican debt spending and corporate gangsterism. So was Ted Stevens. Get us to pay for Alaska and the South and you can be there to cut the ribbon and say that you did it.

dr_rock - 2011-11-26

According to the CIA World Factbook, the US consumes 19,150,000 barrels of oil per day, so 1 billion barrels would last us 52 days. This guy has been fighting for 39 years to drill in pristine nature for less than a 2 month supply of oil.

I've never heard of shale oil or the Green River shale deposits. Interesting stuff. Wikipedia states "The Green River Formation contains the largest oil shale deposits in the world. The 213 billion tons of oil shale contain an estimated 2.38 10 m (1.5 trillion US barrels) of shale oil."

If the barrels-per-day rate stayed the same, that is enough oil to last us 215 years.

baleen - 2011-11-26

It's wishful thinking that we could extract all of Bakken, Green River, and the lesser researched Devonian shales of Mississippi. What angers me from both the environmentalist side and the drill-baby-drill idiots is that neither of them take into account JUST WHAT IT WOULD TAKE to get this oil in full swing, and also what kinds of benefits it would grant the country to be producing 5m barrels of oil (or even more) a day.

My main objective is that we dump the 19th century system of plunder and legal wrangling over mineral rights and incorporate the shale deposits into a national trust. Such a trust is what allows Norway to transition a lot of their infrastructure to greener, sustainable output, why they consistently have under 5% unemployment, and why they don't have to get mixed up in foreign affairs to secure energy sources.

It's worth reading the Rand Corporation's analysis of shale oil extraction. It's pretty objective. The main problem isn't the regulations, it's the infrastructural and logistical problems of getting it. Who is going to pay for the hundreds of billions of barrels of fresh water we need to get this stuff? Where is it coming from? At this point, it's just easier to build a smart grid.


Riskbreaker - 2011-11-26

punchable factor going up as i keep seeing this.

The Mothership - 2011-11-26

I'd like to hit Don Young, as well as that sweet thing behind him.

oh god, I sound like THA SUGAH RAIN.

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2011-11-26

I would hit that so hard my ding dong would fall off. (I am speaking of course about the young Jessica Simpson and not the ancient man Mothership wants to bang out)

baleen - 2011-11-26

lol jessica simpson lol you're silly

Anaxagoras - 2011-11-26

He seems like a charming older gentlemen.

Chalkdust - 2011-11-26


"On various occasions, Young has waved the penis bone of a walrus known in his home state as an oosik at the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service*, brandished a buck knife on the House floor while castigating a Democratic congressman, and testified in defense of fur trapping with a steel leghold trap clamped onto his own hand for dramatic effect."

*at that time, Mollie Beattie

Oscar Wildcat - 2011-11-26

I'll see you in hell with an iron whip, Don Young.

Spastic Avenger - 2011-11-26

Benedict Arnold was actually a precogniscient and he was unlucky enough that his visions of the future were composed of this, Fox News and Conservapedia.

kingarthur - 2011-11-27

That's a movie I'd pay to see.

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