Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Total Liquid Fuel Consumption

Sam Foucher chart via Chris Nelder’s latest:

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/energy-futurist/oil-demand-shift-asia-takes-over/400?tag=search-river



Demand triage

Chris Nelder explains a critical dilemma facing American consumers. As total available oil exports decrease (at a rate that would bring them to absolute zero in about four years), inefficient westerners will be outbid by the new Asian “middle class” for these diminishing supplies.

Of course, exports can fall to zero in theory only, not in practice. In reality, high prices will kill the most inefficient, unsubsidized demand first—in the U.S. and Europe. Next, demand will be curbed in net exporting countries, first via the removal of domestic fuel subsidies, and then by world prices. The demand of the four billion people in Asia will be the last to go because they use it most efficiently.

via Oil demand shift: Asia takes over | SmartPlanet.

Translation: The fat gets trimmed. The fat is here.



Tar sands mining: peatland destroyed and stored carbon released

They also say that the peatlands under consideration are currently holding on to 11-47 million metric tons of carbon that will be released into the atmosphere as part of the mining process. And then, because the mining companies plan to return the land to dry forest instead of the original peatlands, the area will lose the ability to sequester carbon in the future; this they say will add up to about 5,700-7,200 mt of carbon each year, which they say should be looked at as a net gain of carbon emissions each year.

via http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-university-team-canadian-oil-sands.html

Abstract:

Oil sands mining and reclamation cause massive loss of peatland and stored carbon.



Lukoil in Iraq

As Norwegian Statoil bugs out.

Lukoil aims to invest around $2 billion in the West Qurna-2 oil field in Iraq this year, Bloomberg News reports. A company spokesman told Bloomberg that $200 million was invested there in 2011.

The oil company, the largest private energy company in Russia, also announced plans to start construction on a new oil pipeline and spell out details for its drilling program.

via Lukoil unveils investment plans for Iraq – UPI.com.



B-Cycle is back
March 13, 2012, 05:00
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Denver’s public-private bike share program, B-Cycle, is back for the season, with expanded hours and (so it’s been said) a few new locations. Maybe one around here.

http://denver.bcycle.com/WhatisDenverBcycle.aspx