Oiloholics, mineral buffs and other grubby grabbers

This page is for collecting (research) links for questioning oiloholics, mineral buffs and other grubby grabbers arrogating and appropriating the earth (and 5%).

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History

Animals of all species except one derive their energy mainly from one single source – food. Humans are the exception: they derive most of their energy from food and fuel. Their dependence on fuel reflects the peculiar human bond with fire. Humans are driven by energy, no matter when and where in history. And so is what we call “civilisation”.

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Numbers

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Hidden costs

That which is not included in the numbers. While profitable to first world investors and their elite local second and third world partners, these investments too often devastate environments with ruinous implications. Let’s name this for what it is: engaging in environmentally criminal behavior. Forests are destroyed for timber or establishing plantations, with no thought to the consequences for local people for whom those same forests created homes and a source of livelihood. Mining operations poison rivers, bays and groundwater.

Whole communities are displaced and their subsequent intrusion elsewhere can cause local wars in such elsewheres. Of course (and excuse my sarcasm), this creates opportunities for a focus on more sale or transfer of weapons and entire military bases, joint military training, …

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Health

Our genetic make-up, shaped through millions of years of evolution, determines our nutritional and activity needs. Although the human genome has remained primarily unchanged since the agricultural revolution 10,000 years ago, our diet and lifestyle have become progressively more divergent from those of our ancient ancestors. Accumulating evidence suggests that this mismatch between our modern diet and lifestyle and our Paleolithic genome is playing a substantial role in the ongoing epidemics of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and more …

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Human rights

There is an alarming record of human rights abuses by governments and corporations associated with fossil fuel operations, resulting in appropriation of land, forced relocation, and even the brutal and sometimes deadly suppression of critics.

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Debt & Poverty

In the mid 1990’s economists Jeffrey Sachs and Andrew Warner noticed a funny thing. One would think that countries that were well endowed with oil, gas and mineral wealth would be correspondingly economically well off – but in fact just the reverse seemed to be true. Some peeps have dubbed it “The Resource Curse” alias “Paradox of Plenty”: countries and regions with an abundance of natural resources, specifically point-source non-renewable resources like minerals and fuels, tend to have less economic growth and worse development outcomes than countries with fewer natural resources. This is hypothesized to happen for many different reasons.

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Pollution

Exploration for new oil and gas often brings seismic explosions and deforestation; drilling produces toxic muds and waste waters; and routine gas flaring at the point of extraction. Transport creates additional hazards like oil spills from pipelines, tankers and tank farms. Refining creates chemical, thermal and noise pollution and affects health and safety of workers and nearby communities and ecosystems. Gasoline and many of its additives are toxic and associated with some types of cancer.

The production of tar sands oil has even greater environmental impacts than conventional oil.

As for fracking, the toxic fracking fluid (cause of cancer) is often left in the ground where it can pollute groundwater supplies, and earth quakes have been reported as associated with its practice.

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Corruption

In order to feed their addiction to massive profits, the oil, gas, and coal corporations buy support for their polluting practices. Any riches gained don’t get distributed, but stay in the hands of lawmakers and industry insiders. Embezzlement (unfortunate misappropriations) and bribes (renumerations, installments made to government officials) to exploit resources (adventure assets) are a secret.

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Blocking alternatives

Governments need to stop hiding their handouts to oil, gas and coal and come clean. That money can then be used for education, alleviating hunger and poverty, developing renewable energy, and many, many other uses.

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Global warming

Estimates of the impact of ending fossil fuel subsidies on greenhouse gas emissions vary, but it certainly would help.

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Energy insecurity

Continued reliance on oil is a strategy for ongoing energy insecurity (see peak oil below).  Oil is the most volatile energy commodity in the world. As it is with many other things, reducing our use of it is the only real energy security strategy.

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War & Terror

The Iraq war is only one country of many in decades of military involvement and covert action in oil producing regions. Successive US, European, and Chinese administrations have equated national security with access to, and control of, oil – particularly in the Persian Gulf, which holds two-thirds of global oil reserves.

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Word games

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Spooky Business

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Peak Oil

Industrialized countries consume around 25% of the world’s energy resources. More than half of the electricity generated for industrialized countries still comes from coal, petroleum and natural gas.

Oil is important for all countries, and the more a “civilisation” is built on it, the more dependent a country is.

Some people claim there are “more than enough” fossil fuels, but the worldwide consumption is around 50,000 times faster than Earth’s forming of these resources, and our western system is based on it …

Until 1970 the U.S. had a large national oil production. It is a society based on and dependent on cheap oil. Oil and oil derived products are basically sold free of tax. Using very inefficient cars and transportation, and living far away from work, is very common.

“Peak oil” in this context means that worldwide the production has reached its max and structural growth is not possible. So this is not about whether it’s all gone (yet). Western economies are based on growing profit and power. Tarsands, fracking, arctic oil and mineral seabed mining and heavy oil winning are not easily scalable as the refinement is not that easy and not a good idea for the environment.

This is a severe threat to the globalised economy because we have a debt based system that demands constant growth just to keep our heads above oil. If demand rises and production slows and the gap becomes too big, oil prices will rise. Only the richer countries will be able to buy oil, and the world economy will come to a grinding halt.

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Overshoot Loops

Energy is a key aspect of overshoot because available energy is always limited by the energy required to utilize it.

In fact, telling primates (human or otherwise) that their reasoning architectures evolved in large part to solve problems of dominance is a little like telling fish that their gills evolved in large part to solve the problem of oxygen intake from water. — Denise Dellarosa Cummins

The Battle for the Arctic

Under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, coastal nations have exclusive rights to underwater resources up to 200 miles from their own shore. They can extend that claim by proving the seabed in a particular area is an extension of their continental shelf. Russia, Denmark, and Canada are all seeking to claim ownership of the Lomonosov Ridge — a 1,200-mile underwater mountain range that runs through the Arctic Ocean. The US has been left out of this jockeying since the Senate has refused to ratify the treaty, fearing it would cede American sovereignty to the UN. “Until we ratify that treaty, we will remain on the sidelines [in the Arctic],” said Heather Conley, a fellow at Washington’s Center for Strategic & International Studies. In case boundary disputes cannot be settled peacefully, Canada and Russia are preparing to defend their claims militarily.

Seabed Mining

In the wake of the current globalization and liberalization programs, dictated to us by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, in the form of Structural Adjustment Programs, large new tracts of land are proposed to be acquired for mining with MNC’s.

Mineral extraction today is dictated by the market forces and cartels controlling the price according to the profitability rather than for the benefit of society or a community.

Thus a good number of minerals go to the war industry, or to enhance the powers of the powerful through strategic control. Besides this natural resources of the poorer countries are being over used with rampant environmental destruction, while the same resources of the rich countries are being safely preserved for their future generations. — Frederick Jackson Turner

More Grabbing

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Land grabbing

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Water grabbing

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What future?

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