Tuesday, 27 February 2007

Spouting off about Books, Gas & Oil

Two things popped out at me in the news today and became connected in the strange workings of my brain.
1) Good News Story: the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Hon. James K. Bartleman was in Fort Severn today (the northernmost community in Ontario) to watch thousands of books being dropped by the planeload. The children of Fort Severn are desperate for books and desperate for a school. Their elementary school and contents were lost a few years ago due to a problem with mold. Since then school has been held whereever a spot could be found, currently in a portable. They have no highschool. The price of milk is $13.00 and gas is going at $2.00 per litre.
2) Not so Good News Story: many gas stations in Toronto and surrounding area have closed down due to a shortage of gasoline because of a refinery fire. Resolution of this problem varies depending on who you listen to from the middle of next week to the middle of April. Everyone is complaining about paying $1.00 for a litre of gas.

See the connection? Yes, it isn't just me. We have millions of books to give away and we pay 1/2 as much for gas as they do in Fort Severn. We are rich beyond belief!
What the hell are we whining about?
One day there will be NO GAS!! NO OIL!!

This week's current shortgage is a precursor of future shortages and eventual "dry well syndrome".

Consider the following excerpt from the SPE International website (Society of Petroleum Engineers www.spe.org )
At 2003 consumption levels [2], the remaining reserves represent 44.6 years of oil and 66.2 years of natural gas. Does this mean that the world will be out of fossil fuels in 50 years or so? That theory has been around since the 1970s. In fact, the figures for years of remaining reserves have remained relative constant over the past few decades as the industry has replaced consumption with newly discovered oil and gas deposits and has developed technologies to increase the amount of oil and gas that can be recovered from existing reservoirs.

Hey, that doesn't sound so bad; we'll just keep finding new deposits to replace what we've used up. Sounds OK. What was I going on about?

The following is an excerpt from an article entitled "How Much Oil is Left?"
Bringing this discussion down to a practical and personal level, it seems that Americans need to make several important realizations:
1. Oil is not an infinite resource.
2. Remaining supplies of oil should be used wisely.
3. Alternative sources of energy need to be brought on line soon.

Think of these issues the next time you fill up your tank or the next time you buy a car.
(Read the entire article at www.edmonds.com/advice/fueleconomy/articles/105512/article.html )

Looking on the bright side, once our oil and gas reserves are finally depleted we can burn our books for fuel.

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