Where the oil comes from and where it goes

  • metta

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    May 29, 2010 3:45 AM GMT
    Notice how much the US gets from offshore drilling.


    The chart is way too big to post here so click on the link to see it:

    http://digg.com/d31SIs8



    http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1005/oil-consumption/transparency.jpg


  • DCEric

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    May 29, 2010 8:34 PM GMT
    After some quick math, if we got our transit systems off of oil, we would be roughly independent from foreign oil.

    /When do the Volt and L.E.A.F. come out?
    //Yeah, I ignored the whole off shore/on shore bit.
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    May 29, 2010 8:42 PM GMT
    Yea sure, we need to get all those great public transit systems that the US has off of oil. That will make the difference! icon_rolleyes.gif

    Anything but not being able to drive a huge gas guzzling truck 5 miles to work through 20 traffic lights, cause that's your god given American right!
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    May 29, 2010 9:15 PM GMT
    another one for ya:

    http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/data_graphs/333.htm
  • DCEric

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    May 29, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
    xuaerb saidanother one for ya:

    http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/data_graphs/333.htm


    I'd gladly pay $5-10 a gallon if it got technology moving to something green.
  • Anto

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    May 29, 2010 10:04 PM GMT
    DCEric said
    xuaerb saidanother one for ya:

    http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/data_graphs/333.htm


    I'd gladly pay $5-10 a gallon if it got technology moving to something green.


    I don't think that would be possible for a lot of people in the nation to pay, especially if they lived outside of big city areas.
  • mustangd

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    May 29, 2010 10:30 PM GMT
    if you count the tax payer backed subsidies big oil collects every year, the cost of our armed forces protecting oil resources, and the fact that when big oil spills, the taxpayer ends up with part of that bill as well, the actual cost of a gallon of gasoline is over $15 per gallon.

    question to the brainiacs at realjock. locomotives have for years used their diesel engines to generate the electricity that drives our trains, its an electric drive, the diesel is the generator. now yes, i know you would still be expending fossil fuels, but, why can't we build an electric truck or car, that has a small onboard generator? either diesel, or, as the next generation of locomotives will be, a turbine as the generator. a turbine takes up less space than a diesel. if the generator is not having to crank a crankshft and push pushrods before inertia is overcome, and electric drive is much more efficent regarding torque, why can't our big trucks and even small cars use an onboard generator in the way trains have for years?

    i would think especially for cars, that a turbine generator could be made from largely stamped assemblys, a mass produced item, and they could be made pretty small, breadbox sized even?

    i'm not an engineer, so i'm asking, would there be a reduction in gasoline consumption, fewer pollutants, and increased mileage from this set up?

    no, it would not eliminate gasoline, but, i'd be happy with an interim solution that would substantially reduce our consumption, until we find something that would eliminate fossil fuels all together.
  • DCEric

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    May 30, 2010 2:57 AM GMT
    Anto said
    DCEric said
    xuaerb saidanother one for ya:

    http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/data_graphs/333.htm


    I'd gladly pay $5-10 a gallon if it got technology moving to something green.


    I don't think that would be possible for a lot of people in the nation to pay, especially if they lived outside of big city areas.


    Good. Necessity is the mother of invention.