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You are here: > News > May 1, 2010

Deepwater Horizon debacle pushes alt energy

In addition ot devastating ecological despoiling, the oil slick could shut down Mississippi River transport, effecting nearly half of U.S. import/export commerce.  The damage to the tourism industry in Alabama and Florida could top $25 Billion a year for several years.  Faced with this disaster the Obama Administration has just stopped all off shore drilling.

by Paul Noel
for Pure Energy Systems News


The cost of oil is beyond imagination. Alternative Energy is actually cheaper, safer and more reliable. 

The recent explosion fire and subsequent sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the US Gulf of Mexico is a profound event in the Oil industry and for US Oil production off shore. It represented the loss of about a billion dollars including the rig and other associated items. Investments before this well was drilled may have been over $100 Billion dollars. The industry reputation is sinking faster than the rig did. 

The rig which was about 50 miles south of Pascagoula Mississippi was just finishing up the first well in a new field. The well is 5.5 miles deep from the ocean floor in 1 mile deep water in a canyon area associated with the Mobile River. The rig was finishing the well and preparing to move on to the next well during what is the most dangerous part of oil drilling. The broken up equipment lies on the ocean floor spilling at least 5,000 barrels of very light weight crude oil a day. 

In its uncontrolled state the spill is very likely to accelerate as the rock and equipment around the well become more and more unstable. The size of the oil slick is now covering an area of about 5,000 square miles and growing rapidly. That is bigger than Connecticut. The well is expected to spill for about 3 months longer. That will represent several times the oil spill of the Exxon Valdez wreck.

On March 24, 1989, heading out from the port of Valdez, the EXXON Valdez left the channel and struck Bligh Reef, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound.

The damage to the tourism industry in Alabama and Florida may top $25 Billion a year for several years.

Damage to rich Gulf estuary and river systems will be unimaginable causing loss of large marine fisheries and wildlife. Mobile Bay is second only to Chesapeake Bay as a fishery. Current reports are that the Mississippi River will have to be closed due to the oil slick some time before May 5. It is unsafe to run commercial ships in the oil slicked waters. With the Mississippi River closed the USA will lose 55% of its international trade. (Imports and Exports) Diverting to other ports will take months. If it blocks the deep water oil terminal the USA loses 50% of its oil imports. This disaster just keeps on getting worse. It is far from over! 

Recently the Obama Administration opened much of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean region for oil development. Their analysis said that USA desperately needed this oil for economic survival. The loss of this rig alone could account lost production in the order of 5 to 10 million barrels per day over the next 6 years. That is a significant fraction of the world production total. Because all existing and proposed rigs are booked up for 6 to 10 years into the future, there is no prospect for replacing this critical loss for the entire world. Faced with this disaster the Obama Administration has just stopped all off shore drilling. It may stay stopped for many years into the future. This situation is very desperate. Continuing to solve energy needs with oil costs too much. That door is closing forever. 

Alternative Energy is cheap by comparison. The Continental 750,000volt DC super conducting backbone would have cost us about $40 billion and that would produce the ability to produce with wind and solar power much more energy than this rig could ever hope to have supplied. Check out the Pickens Plan this will never slick a beach, kill fisheries or run out like oil wells do. 

The world energy situation has already driven the USA to sink nearly $500 Billion into fusion research with no tangible or even prospective results while leaving high and dry research into a myriad of Alternative Energy technologies that had higher prospects. Alternative Energy technology is the only hope of mankind. 

Immerging technologies are developing to supply our needs. Solar Cells are coming on that may reach over 90% efficient. That brings electrical generation at 1/5th of the cost of current technology. There are other less proved technologies coming on fast. Research pushed largely by underfunded individuals is delivering more and more likely prospects for consideration. 2010 has all the prospects of bringing the technology for unlimited energy from magnetic powered devices as well as several other means. These technological infants will grow up fast.

Human survival demands that humanity must obtain its energy without destroying the earth. (Rev 11:18) The consequences of failure are war and destruction on many levels. The costs are known. Mankind must outgrow fossil fuels. The future is here and it is Alternative Energy.

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Paul Noel, 52, works as Software Engineer (as Contractor) for the US Army at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He has a vast experience base including education across a wide area of technical skills and sciences. He supplies technical expertise in all areas required for new products development associated with the US Army office he works in. He supplies extensive expertise in understanding the Oil and Gas industry as well. 

Born in Lynnwood Washington, he came to Huntsville Alabama, when his father moved to be part of NASA’s effort to put men on the moon. Neal Armstrong may have gotten the ride, but his father’s computers did the driving. 

Paul is also a founding member of the New Energy Congress.

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  • Oil > Ecological Impact >
    Deepwater Horizon debacle pushes alt energy - In addition to devastating ecological despoiling, the oil slick could shut down Mississippi River transport, effecting nearly half of U.S. import/export commerce. The damage to the tourism industry in Alabama and Florida could top $25 Billion a year for several years. Faced with this disaster the Obama Administration has just stopped all off shore drilling. (PESN; May 1, 2010)

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Last updated June 10, 2010


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