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  • A New Doctrine?

    Posted by onparkstreet on September 18th, 2011 (All posts by )

    Carter Doctrine:”The Carter Doctrine was a policy proclaimed by President of the United States Jimmy Carter in his State of the Union Address on January 23, 1980, which stated that the United States would use military force if necessary to defend its national interests in the Persian Gulf region. The doctrine was a response to the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union, and was intended to deter the Soviet Union—the Cold War adversary of the United States—from seeking hegemony in the Gulf. After stating that Soviet troops in Afghanistan posed “a grave threat to the free movement of Middle East oil,” Carter proclaimed:….”

    On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, as we remember the fallen and the many members of the armed services of the United States who have served for ten years of war, heroically, at great sacrifice and seldom with complaint, we also need to recall that we should not move through history as sleepwalkers. We owe it to our veterans and to ourselves not to continue to blindly walk the path of the trajectory of 9/11, but to pause and reflect on what changes in the last ten years have been for the good and which require reassessment. Or repeal. To reassert ourselves, as Americans, as masters of our own destiny rather than reacting blindly to events while carelessly ceding more and more control over our lives and our livelihoods to the whims of others and a theatric quest for perfect security. America needs to regain the initiative, remember our strengths and do a much better job of minding the store at home.

    Zenpundit, The Nine-Eleven Century

    1. Canada and oil sands: “Bituminous sands, colloquially known as oil sands or tar sands, are a type of unconventional petroleum deposit. The sands contain naturally occurring mixtures of sand, clay, water, and a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum technically referred to as bitumen (or colloquially “tar” due to its similar appearance, odour, and colour). Oil sands are found in large amounts in many countries throughout the world, but are found in extremely large quantities in Canada and Venezuela.[1]”

    2. Israel and Natural Gas: “In recent years, Israel has found and begun developing massive natural gas deposits in the Mediterranean Sea. There is much more wealth underwater– the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the Levant Basin contains as much as 122 trillion cubic meters of recoverable gas — and all countries around the basin want a piece of the action.”

    3. Russian state oil and American oil companies: “America’s largest oil company last week reached an historic agreement with Russia’s state oil company, Rosneft. ExxonMobil now will take the place of BP (British Petroleum), whose dealings with Rosneft collapsed earlier this year.”

    4. Dakotas and oil reserves: “America is sitting on top of a super massive 200 billion barrel Oil Field that could potentially make America Energy Independent and until now has largely gone unnoticed. Thanks to new technology the Bakken Formation in North Dakota could boost America’s Oil reserves by an incredible 10 times, giving western economies the trump card against OPEC’s short squeeze on oil supply and making Iranian and Venezuelan threats of disrupted supply irrelevant.”

    5. Bloom boxes: “One example to illustrate why the future is proving elusive in the USA: There is a stand-alone electricity providing unit called the Bloom Energy Server or “Bloom Box” — small, simple to use — which can power any home or commercial building. The wondrous box has already been test-driven; Google, eBay and a number of other Fortune 500 companies have a few Bloom Boxes and they’re saving fortunes in electrical bills.

    In other words, the Bloom Box can make America’s electricity grid obsolete. There are only two things holding the box back from being installed in every residential, commercial and government space in the USA:

    a) Bloom Energy, the company that makes the box, doesn’t have large manufacturing capacity.

    b) The U.S. energy industry doesn’t want to be shoved around by a box. (The same for much of the ‘Green Jobs’ sector that the federal government has been pushing hard. The Bloom Box technology makes windmill and solar panel technologies obsolete.”

    The GOP debates have been intellectually vapid and the fault does not lie entirely with our lightweight media moderators. Ladies and gentlemen, you are “auditioning” for the toughest job in the world. Ladies and gentlemen, you are genuinely interesting and accomplished people. Be leaders. Hire some decent speech coaches, do a little background wonky reading and show us your vision for the future.

    Update: I made a few edits for clarity. Thanks for the comments, everyone. I don’t know squat about this topic. Carl from Chicago is definitely the “go to” guy on energy topics around here but I’ve been bored with the debates and wanted to blog about that for some time now. Also, I don’t know what the whole “ladies and gentlemen” thing is about. It’s kinda affected. Incorrect, too. Only one lady has been involved in the formal debates….so far….

     

    6 Responses to “A New Doctrine?”

    1. S Says:

      1-4 are pipe dream BS.

    2. onparkstreet Says:

      Okay, S, fair enough. Do you have references to support that claim? I’d like to read them.

      - Madhu

    3. Lexington Green Says:

      (cough*troll*cough)

    4. newrouter Says:

      the “bloom box” is interesting considering the marcellus and utica shale discovery.

    5. Robert Schwartz Says:

      IRC the bloom box is a gas fired generator/water heater. It is not a solution to a problem we have, other than under-investment in the grid. Our real problem is our ruling class.

      When the last lawyer is strangled with the entrails of the last environmentalist.

    6. phwest Says:

      The “Bloom Box” is a fuel cell bundle to generate Heat/Electicity – and since the primary feedstock would be gas of some sort, it can be thought of as equivalent to a gas-fired home generator. The key is presumably much high generating efficiency from the fuel cells to offset the cost of the unit. It sounds like a typical scale-up question – fuel cells are reasonably well understood, the trick will be to make a unit large enough to be useful at a cost that is a viable alternative to grid power. Which has been the primary barrier to wide-spread fuel cell use so far.

      I generally dislike the kind of hand-waiving that underlies the conspiracy-like thinking embedded in the phrase “shoved around by a box”. Far more technologies die on the road between the lab and commercial success than succeed. If Bloom can get the cost of a small unit down to $1000/kW or so the technology has a lot to offer. It can address a number of needs and functions in what should be a very low-maintenance way. But that is still a mighty big “if”.