Tuesday, November 22, 2005

New "Man on the Moon" (Manhattan) Project"?

Shouldn't LANL (or DOE) have a stake in this?


Monday, November 21, 2005
Peak Oil resolution in U.S. House of Representaives

Global Public Media

In Brief: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States, in collaboration with other international allies, should establish an energy project with the magnitude, creativity, and sense of urgency that was incorporated in the `Man on the Moon' project to address the inevitable challenges of `Peak Oil'.

A peak oil bill has been filed in the House of Representatives with the support of the newly formed Peak Oil Caucus, founded by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (Rep, MD) and a number of co-sponsors. The members of the caucus are James McGovern, Vern Ehlers, TOM UDALL, Mark Udall, Raul Grijalva, Wayne Gilchrest, Jim Moran, Dennis Moore.

Co-sponsors are TOM UDALL, Virgil Goode, Raul Grijalva, Walter Jones, Tom Tancredo, Phil Gingrey, Randy Kuhl, Steve Israel, G.K. Butterfield, Mark Udall, Chris Van Hollen, Wayne Gilchrest, Al Wynn, John McHugh, Jim Moran, and Dennis Moore.

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States, in collaboration with other international allies, should establish an energy project with the magnitude, creativity, and sense of urgency that was incorporated in the `Man on the Moon' project to address the inevitable challenges of `Peak Oil'.

[See first Comment for text of Resolution]

Comments:
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 24, 2005

Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland (for himself, Mr. UDALL of New Mexico, Mr. GOODE, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. JONES of North Carolina, Mr. TANCREDO, Mr. GINGREY, Mr. KUHL of New York, Mr. ISRAEL, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. VAN HOLLEN, Mr. GILCHREST, and Mr. WYNN) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

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RESOLUTION
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States, in collaboration with other international allies, should establish an energy project with the magnitude, creativity, and sense of urgency that was incorporated in the `Man on the Moon' project to address the inevitable challenges of `Peak Oil'.

Whereas the United States has only 2 percent of the world's oil reserves; Whereas the United States produces 8 percent of the world's oil and consumes 25 percent of the world's oil, of which nearly 60 percent is imported from foreign countries;

Whereas developing countries around the world are increasing their demand for oil consumption at rapid rates; for example, the average consumption increase, by percentage, from 2003 to 2004 for the countries of Belarus, Kuwait, China, and Singapore was 15.9 percent;

Whereas the United States consumed more than 937,000,000 tonnes of oil in 2004, and that figure could rise in 2005 given previous projection trends;

Whereas, as fossil energy resources become depleted, new, highly efficient technologies will be required in order to sustainably tap replenishable resources;

Whereas the Shell Oil scientist M. King Hubbert accurately predicted that United States domestic production would peak in 1970, and a growing number of petroleum experts believe that the peak in the world's oil production (Peak Oil) is likely to occur in the next decade while demand continues to rise;

Whereas North American natural gas production has also peaked; Whereas the United States is now the world's largest importer of both petroleum and natural gas;

Whereas the population of the United States is increasing by nearly 30,000,000 persons every decade;

Whereas the energy density in one barrel of oil is the equivalent of eight people working full time for one year;

Whereas affordable supplies of petroleum and natural gas are critical to national security and energy prosperity; and Whereas the United States has approximately 250 years of coal at current consumption rates, but if that consumption rate is increased by 2 percent per year, coal reserves are reduced to 75 years:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that--
(1) in order to keep energy costs affordable, curb our environmental impact, and safeguard economic prosperity, including our trade deficit, the United States must move rapidly to increase the productivity with which it uses fossil fuel, and to accelerate the transition to renewable fuels and a sustainable, clean energy economy; and
(2) the United States, in collaboration with other international allies, should establish an energy project with the magnitude, creativity, and sense of urgency of the `Man on the Moon' project to develop a comprehensive plan to address the challenges presented by Peak Oil.
 
Very interesting, I am sure, Brad. However, I believe the US Department of Energy has other plans for LANL. Plans that have to do with plutonium pit production, rather than energy research. Haven't you been watching the news? Pete has promised LANL a $838 million dollar plutonium processing facility. And now you want the Energy Department to fund energy research at LANL as well? You must be a greedy bastard.
 
Seems a little late. This was done decades ago with the inertial fusion program which was going to replace our dependence on oil, too. The first round of this was Project Sherwood. There have been numerous later efforts. LANL has been involved numerous energy programs over the years. One major difficulty is that Congress has to staying power in these efforts. If they had, we might be in a better position with respect to energy than we are today. I guess I'm a little to skeptical today. But I don't see the Lab as a one horse Lab, but as a multipurpose research facility that certainly could contribute to such an effort while still being a weapons lab.
 
I think that Holian's quote of the article is fraudulent. Mr. GRIJALVA is a Member of the House from Arizona, not North Carolina.
 
Deep, deep analysis, Tom. Right to the point.
Thanks.
 
Technical fixes will be slow in coming as will be the gains from them which will ultimately be very small compared to what might be gained by a mass change of individual behavior and expectations, i.e. psychology. We already have the technology to make huge strides quickly and easily, but adopting them, it seems likely to me, will be economically crippling. I'm referring to the abandonment of personal transportation and motor freight. Economy is nothing more than a part of mass human psychology. Any technical fix entails the unpredictable problem of public or political acceptance before it can become effective. As far as I can tell, those are the real problems, not technology. I can't imagine how they can be effectively addressed to our advantage until there is a perception of great, immediate personal danger by the majority of the public.
 
Hello. I am John J. Williams, a Disabled Veteran, from Albuquerque, NM. For years, I have been investigating Tom Udall's fitness to serve in any kind of public capacity. My conclusion is that Tom Udall is one of the most evil and corrupt politicians in Washington. Which I can document, starting with the fact that Tom Udall is, according to Udall family websites, the PROUD great grandson of mass murderer, John D. Lee (Mountain Meadows Massacre), and ending with numerous examples of how Udall has lied, deceived, betrayed, ripped-off and acted in a bizarre fashion. I am at wizguru@tsc-global.com. If you wish, I will attach my detailed lists of Udall's wrongdoings, which you may freely publish if you wish. Or you can visit my blog about malicious, corrupt and incompetent politicians, judges and bureaucrats. - John J. Williams
 
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