Industrialized Cyclist Notepad

San Onofre
January 31, 2012, 22:39
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Komanoff on the implications of expanding NYC taxi service



Bike of the Day: Gios Torino singlespeed
January 31, 2012, 08:49
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Cool bike. Too big for me though.


At least there are no populated areas around
January 31, 2012, 05:01
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Exelon sounds like a really evil cartoon villain c. 1985.

Byron nuke plant loses power
January 30, 2012, 20:47
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U.S. Refineries ranked by output

Top U.S. Refineries – Energy Information Administration. Energy Rankings.

LeBron rides bike to game vs. Bulls
January 30, 2012, 10:31
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“The traffic,” James said to the media after scoring a game-high 35 points in the 97-93 win over the Bulls. “You guys drove here? You guys are crazy.”

James said the trip on his Cannondale, which reads “King James,” took about 40 minutes. He said it’s not the first time he’s used pedal power to get to a game.

via LeBron rides bike to game vs. Bulls.

LeBron LeBike-commutes! In freaking Miami, FLA. Today’s Most Valuable Commuter Award goes to LeBron James.

Sudan – South Sudan oil map

South Sudan became a thing in 2011. Much dispute. Oil exports now held up, China under pressure.

Sudan energy production through 2009
January 30, 2012, 10:10
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Graph from IEA (pdf):

Race officials abscond with anti-fracking banner at Tour Down Under
January 29, 2012, 05:15
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Now see if I didn’t just describe this here video.

Not too often that we run across something with both fracking and bike content.

Here is an article about gasoline prices that carefully avoids mentioning the price of oil

We live in Magic Land.

Refinery closings could push gasoline prices back to $4 –

This WSJ chart casts doubt on the TRC’s Eagle Ford ruling


Refinery purchasing costs by region

The cost of the raw material varies greatly around the country. This is the featured chart on EIA’s This Week in Petroleum.

Texas Railroad Commission says there’s enough water for Eagle Ford fracking
January 28, 2012, 05:00
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According to

But check the math. The figures below come from the article.

— 540,000 acre feet in the aquifer when the fracking began.

— 30,000 acre feet per year used by fracking at peak demand.

— fracking supposedly accounts for only 6% of total aquifer usage. Agriculture takes 65%.

This implies that the entire aquifer would be consumed within a few years.

Even if the frack water amounted to 25% of water usage, the aquifer would be gone in under five years. I have seen claims of up to 40% frack water usage in S. Texas — if that’s true, and the other figures are true, the aquifer would be gone in seven or eight years.

In any case, something’s not adding up here.

Extreme minimum temperatures

A map from USDA’s Weekly Weather and Crop Report (pdf).

How students get to school

It’s changed a lot over the years. For the worse. A 2005 study found that only 5% of kids in Columbia, South Carolina commuted to school by walking or biking.

Sirard, Ainsworth, McIver and Pate, “Prevalence of Active Commuting at Urban and Suburban Elementary Schools in Columbia, SC,” American Journal of Public Health, February 2005. (pdf)

January 26, 2012, 22:18
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A new article in Nature acknowledges apparent peak in crude oil supply around 2005, and associated bits of nasty math, including depletion of existing supergiant fields and sharp decline in shale gas wells. Here’s the citation for the article:

Murray and King say “we need to start immediately” to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil. But the effects of Peak Oil are already mitigating us.

via Energy Bulletin:

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Chinese oil demand
January 26, 2012, 06:20
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…In 2011, was up, but apparently slowing down. The Chinese are using about 9.6 mbd, about half of the American total.

From Rigzone.

Refinery shutdown leaves London thirsty for gas

Via Reuters.

Love a good Friedman takedown
January 26, 2012, 01:39
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From Beat the Press.

So why are we still saddled with these mediocre and expensive professionals in the U.S.?