Saturday, July 27, 2019

Fracking Fires and Flaring Escalate Global Warming

Rebecca Elliott of the Wall Street Journal has been chronicling the increase in natural gas "flaring" in Texas: from 407 million cubic feet of gas a day in her December 2018 article to 740 million in her recently July 2019 article:
Rebecca Elliott July 17, 2019 Texas Showdown Flares Up Over Natural-Gas Waste. The Wal Street Journal,
...As shale companies turned America into the world’s top oil producer, they unlocked massive quantities of natural gas as a byproduct and Texas has allowed them to freely burn off vast volumes as area pipelines fill up. The process is known as flaring....
In the region’s two largest oil basins, the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford, operators flared or vented—where gas is released without being burned—into the atmosphere an average of about 740 million cubic feet of gas a day during the first quarter, according to public data compiled by energy analytics firm Rystad Energy....equivalent to that of nearly five million cars driving for a day....

Rebecca Elliott (2018, December 27). In Booming Oil Field, Natural Gas Can Be Free. The Wall Street Journal,

One option for Permian operators with too much gas is to light it on fire, a practice known as flaring. Flaring levels reached record highs in the Permian last quarter, when companies burned an average of 407 million cubic feet a day, according to analysis of public data compiled by Rystad Energy, an energy consulting firm.... equivalent to the daily exhaust emitted by about 2.7 million cars, according to estimates from the World Bank and Environmental Protection Agency.

This is non-sustainable. It's not just that our energy infrastructures are non-sustainable. The way we operate within them is just as problematic:  
Suzanne Goldenberg (2013, November 20) Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions. The Guardian, Exxon and BP among companies most responsible for climate change since dawn of industrial age, figures show

he climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests.
The companies range from investor-owned firms – household names such as Chevron, Exxon and BP – to state-owned and government-run firms.
The analysis, which was welcomed by the former vice-president Al Gore as a "crucial step forward" found that the vast majority of the firms were in the business of producing oil, gas or coal, found the analysis, which has been published in the journal Climatic Change.


  1. Heatwave Superstition

    Above is an excellent article if you do not find facts annoying and even offensive.

    The real danger from fracking is the earthquake. Fracking puts many holes into the mantel and makes it easier to break. As for global warming, well, that is the least of our worries. Consider just one of the recent large volcanic explosions. How many joules gets added to the atmosphere? Most people do not have the time to chase down all the propaganda which sounds like but is not genuine science? If we just got the truth we could take meaningful action, but deception is a part of the world game.

  2. I can tell that people are having a very hard time separating facts from super facts.
    Climate change, Russian interference in the 2016 election, no difference between males and females, etc. are all familiar examples of super facts. Super facts are neither true nor false as they do not exist on that plane. Super facts are either useful or useless. Facts by contrast are either true or false. For example water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit is true though may vary with altitude. Science is based on facts--hopefully. Politics is based often on super facts. "People would like to pay higher taxes" is a super fact. "You can keep your doctor" is a very famous super fact.
    Probably we should not say a politician is lying who expresses super facts, but rather he or she has successfully achieved some desired end or not by producing one.

    But I will concede that the introduction of super facts has not made anything easier or better. It has just generated confusion. I think we would be better off sticking to facts. What do you think?


      Nuclear power ‘seven decades of economic ruin’, says new report 29.07.2019 – London, United Kingdom – Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament New research has found that almost all nuclear power plants built since the nuclear industry’s inception have generated large financial losses.

      The report by the German Institute for Economic Research examines 674 nuclear power plants built since 1951. Its authors found that typical nuclear power plants averaged 4.8 billion euros in losses.

      The report authors argue that new technology for nuclear plants won’t solve the underlying economic difficulties: “Those in favor of nuclear energy like to point out the ongoing technological developments that could lead to it growing more efficient in the future.

      “They include ‘fourth generation’ nuclear power plants and mini-nuclear power plants (small modular reactors, SMRs). Anything but new, both concepts have their roots in the early phase of nuclear power in the 1950s. Then as now, there was no hope that the technologies would become economical and established.”

      Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

      “The history of nuclear power is seven decades of economic ruin and environmental catastrophe. Toshiba’s decision last year to abandon plans to build a reactor at Moorside in Cumbria and Hitachi’s suspension of work this year on the Wylfa Newydd plant in Anglesey simply reflect the economic reality that this report sets out.

      “Nuclear power isn’t only expensive, it creates an unsolvable waste problem, and as the TV drama Chernobyl so graphically reveals, nuclear accidents create human misery and environmental destruction.

  3. Later on it will be a good idea to tackle super reasoning or magical thinking which when linked to super facts becomes a very powerful weapon against too much factuality.
    Fracking may in fact nor be a good idea, poisoning the water supply. We just do not know and probably can not wait for science.



      New research: 2017 radioactive cloud traced to an unacknowledged nuclear accident in southern Russia

      Mysterious Radiation Cloud Over Europe Traced to Secret Russian Nuclear Accident By Tom Metcalfe, Live Science Contributor | July 29, 2019 A vast cloud of nuclear radiation that spreadover continental Europe in 2017 has been traced to an unacknowledged nuclear accident in southern Russia, according to an international team of scientists.

      The experts say the cloud of radiation detected over Europe in late September 2017 could only have been caused by a nuclear fuel-reprocessing accident at the Mayak Production Association, a nuclear facility in the Chelyabinsk region of the Ural Mountains in Russia, sometime between noon on Sept. 26 and noon on Sept. 27.

      Russia confirmed that a cloud of nuclear radiation was detected over the Urals at the time, but the country never acknowledged any responsibility for a radiation leak, nor has it ever admitted that a nuclear accident took place at Mayak in 2017. [Top 10 Greatest Explosions Ever]

      The lead author of the new research, nuclear chemist Georg Steinhauser of Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany, said that more than 1,300 atmospheric measurements from around the world showed that between 250 and 400 terabecquerels of radioactive ruthenium-106 had been released during that time.

      Ruthenium-106 is a radioactive isotope of ruthenium, meaning that it has a different number of neutrons in its nucleus than the naturally occurring element has. The isotope can be produced as a byproduct during nuclear fission of uranium-235 atoms.

  4. American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character

    A truly remarkable presentation by a very intelligent woman.

  5. There is societal collapse occuring.  The power elites, are doing everything they can to blame breakdown and collapse on the less powerful and powerless, as usual. Blame it on woman, on migrant children, the disabled, ethnic groups, blacks, working people, the dispossessed, the poor, the middle classes.

    Dimitry Orlov, is one of the few people who is ojectively chronicaling the collapse of America, from the standpoint of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Orlov observes the collapse  of America as it relates to comprehensive analysis  of the  more important aspects of societal integrety ie political, sociological, psychological, economic, and cultural.

    Orlov's analysis is based on his observations of the soft collapse of the Soviet Union.

    I think Orlov missed a very important phenomena,  and perhaps a key phenomena of breakdown in industrial societies. That is the biological aspects of toxin induced breakdowns in highly structured industrial-military-imperial societies.

    Good examples of toxic biological breakdowns of established civilization, occured to indegenous populations in the USA, when new diseases were introduced, to what we call america,  by europeans . Diseases  that wiped out whole civilizations very quickly. Civilizations like the aztecs and incas, with advanced networks of trade and agriculture.

    Major societal breakdown and collapse, are occuring in the industial societies.  It is evident, that the horendous chemical and radionuclide pollution of america, japan and europe are Central-Catalyzing factors, in the collapse. The seas are dying .

    I believe  economists and political scientists are looking mainly at symptom of breakdown. They are  not looking at the important root causes, that could make the difference between recovery and annihilation.

    Orlov documents very carefully the  collapse of the soviet union but he does not focus on some especially glaring events, and cause-effect phenomena that occued before the collapse.
    There was a major release of super-toxic,  radionuclide poisons across europe and russia from chernobyl, that occured in 1986. 

    Chernobyl occured  before and coinincidentally, with the collapse of the soviet union. It was a tipping point.  Ukraine was partially ruined by chernobyl and continues its downward tragectory to imminant, complete collapse.

    The massive increases in degenration of civil and political structures, are symptoms of much more dangerous and insurmountable causes. Same for the terminal domestic international insanity, of the demented clown-puppets enabled by the sick,  syphilitic  plutocracies of industrial civilization on earth. The mental stability, of the rulers is now in accelerated decline. That will change too as the world changes and, more tipping points become apparent and catastrophic

  6. It would be helpful to have actual numbers. How many people in the USA have ailments directly linked to industrial activity.
    Where I live there are numerous help wanted signs which was not the case for many years.
    And it looks like the corruption in the FBI and DOJ is going to be exposed soon. This is a very good sign.
    On the other hand the rodent problem in the large cities is a scandal. Hard to believe the LA mayor is doing nothing.
    I remember SF as a lovely city. But no longer. Plenty of money but no will. Not homelessness but addiction.
    Russia is way better now than during the Soviet Era and the period after Communism dissolved.
    Not sure whom you consider the power elites? Certainly the EU is a bad bunch. Soros?
    Where I live there are few rodents. Clean and neat. No homelessness. So it can happen. People are courteous and drive carefully. Yes, it helps to have money, but money is not the main aspect. Attitude.

  7. You are a brave troll. Going outside, where you live. Breathing that smoke. The most radioanuclide saturated smoke in the world.
    East Idaho is not that far away. Blowing your direction. Over a million acres burned by and in reactors. Several nuclear meltdowns there over the past 70 years.
    The area is saturated with nuclear waste. It has the highest number number of the radionuclide-nuclear waste sites in the world.
    The million acre Idaho Nuclear Reaservation and National Nuclear Laboritory.
    You are breathimg it.
    You got nuked by Fukushima. It goes around the world every year. You get nuked from Rocky Flats. From radioactive drinking water from Fracking There will be a major Nuclear reactor catastrophe soon. You and your family will get that. There will be many more major nuclear waste catastrophes, like Santa Susana and the Idaho Nuke reservation. Silly troll

  8. Gee I wonder if this could be related To Polonium, Thorium, Uranium, Radium, Radon or some Fukushima or old downwind cesium 137 in the water used to Frack

    Texas Standard
    Study Links Birth Defects With Nearby Oil And Gas Activity
    The Colorado School of Public Health report shows a strong relationship between congenital heart defects and oil and gas activity.

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    By Alexandra HartJuly 26, 2019 12:03 pm
    Energy & Environment, Health & Science

    Gabriel C. PĂ©rez/Texas Standard

    A recently-published health study indicates expectant mothers living near extensive oil and gas development run a higher risk of having children with birth defects.
    The study from the Colorado School of Public Health found that mothers living near intense oil and gas activity have a 40 to 70 % higher chance of birthing children with congenital heart defects. Roughly 4.5 million Texans live within a mile of active oil and gas facilities, according to a 2017 study by the nonprofit Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy.
    Dr Lisa McKenzie is an assistant research professor at the Colorado School of Public Health and the study’s senior author. McKenzie says the study analyzed 3,300 infants born in Colorado between 2005 and 2011 to arrive at its conclusion.
    “What we observed is that more children were being born with a congenital heart defect in areas with the highest intensity of oil and gas well activity,” McKenzie says.

  9. The reason for the connection between birth defects and oil activity is outside the scope of the study, McKenzie says, but it still supports a larger breakthrough.
    “It does provide more evidence that there may be something about oil and gas development or some emission associated with oil and gas development that is putting children at higher risk,” McKenzie says.
    These dangers are posed from any oil and gas activity, McKenzie says, which includes well-drilling, hydraulic fracturing and production procedures.
    “In addition to the density of the wells, you have to account for the intensity of activity on those well sites,” McKenzie says. “Not every well site looks like another well site.”
    And although McKenzie says congenital heart defects are rare to begin with, she suggests consulting with a doctor before conceiving if you live in an area of extreme oil and gas activity.

    Written by Hayden Baggett.
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  10. There are peat bogs in siberia the size of alska burning.
    There are thousands of tankers, freighters, and cruise ships each burning 8,000 gallons of fuel oil and hpur that is chocked full of radium. There are more than a billion cars and trucks and rigs on the road. There are thousands of comercial and many many military airplanes and jets in the air that burn 10,000 to 20,000 callons of fuel and jet fuel a day
    Unprecedented wildfires in the Arctic release huge CO2 to the atmosphere
    Telegraph 27th July 2019 An unprecedented outbreak of wildfires in the Arctic has sent smoke across Eurasia and released more carbon dioxide in two months than the Czech
    Republic or Belgium does in a year. Refineries with burnoff, Oil gas and coal electricity pland
    Etc etc etc


    As 44C heatwaves struck Europe,
    scientists observed more than 100 long-lasting, intense fires in the Arctic
    in June, the hottest month on record, and are seeing even more in July,
    according to Mark Parrington of the European Centre for Medium-Range
    Weather Forecasts.

    Mostly in Alaska and Russia, the infernos have
    collectively released more than 120 million tonnes of CO2, more than the
    annual output of most countries. It is the most carbon emitted since
    satellite monitoring began in the early 2000s. This will further exacerbate
    climate change and has sent smoke pouring toward more populated parts of
    the world. Pollutants can persist more than a month in the atmosphere and
    spread thousands of kilometres.


    How did Ohio’s nuclear industry get a $1.1billion bailout? -dark money did the job!
    Posted by Christina MacPherson

    The Ohio legislation reads as if it were designed specifically to undermine the planet’s continued capacity to support a steady human population.

    It even ends programs aimed at encouraging Ohio residents to reduce power consumption, through upgrades to appliances or heating and cooling systems

    OHIO REPUBLICANS BALKED AT A NUCLEAR BAILOUT, SO THE INDUSTRY ELECTED NEW REPUBLICANS — AND WALKED AWAY WITH $1.1 BILLION The Intercept, Ryan Grim, , Akela Lacy 25 July 19 ON TUESDAY, a dark-money effort linked primarily to the Ohio nuclear industry delivered an audacious payoff, as a newly elected state legislature overcame years of opposition to shower a $1.1 billion bailout on two state nuclear plants.

    Several dark-money groups spent millions to replace key Republican state legislators in the spring of 2018, followed by a furious lobbying campaign to make sure those new lawmakers elected a new House speaker — one who was amenable to the subsidy.

  12. From Dr C and CW

    Boy, #POTUS like to tweet images of blighted areas. Here are some scenes from future America -- hand-pollination (because bees are extinct), bulldozing butterfly sanctuaries to build a G-D wall, dumping coal ash, and lax regulation of nuclear plants! #MAGA #KAG? Seriously?!!

  13. Flash from the past

    129,980 views|Apr 9, 2011,8:15 am
    Radiation Detected In Drinking Water In 13 More US Cities, Cesium-137 In Vermont Milk
    Jeff McMahonContributor
    From Chicago, I write about climate change, green technology, energy.
    • Unusual Reading At Chatanooga Nuclear Plant
    • Milk Contamination At EPA Maximum
    • Highest Levels Yet In Boise Rainwater

    [UPDATED with FDA's Derived Intervention Level, EPA's MCL for Cesium-137]

    Radiation from Japan has been detected in drinking water in 13 more American cities, and cesium-137 has been found in American milk—in Montpelier, Vermont—for the first time since the Japan nuclear disaster began, according to data released by the Environmental Protection Agency late Friday.

    Milk samples from Phoenix and Los Angeles contained iodine-131 at levels roughly equal to the maximum contaminant level permitted by EPA in drinking water, the data shows. The Phoenix sample contained 3.2 picoCuries per liter of iodine-131. The Los Angeles sample contained 2.9. The EPA maximum contaminant level is 3.0, but this is a conservative standard designed to minimize exposure over a lifetime, so EPA does not consider these levels to pose a health threat. The FDA, not the EPA, regulates milk.

    [UPDATE: The FDA's Derived Intervention Level for iodine-131 in milk is much higher: 4700 picoCuries per liter. Read why.]

    The cesium-137 found in milk in Vermont is the first cesium detected in milk since the Fukushima-Daichi nuclear accident occurred last month. The sample contained 1.9 picoCuries per liter of cesium-137. (EPA’s maximum contanimant level for Cesium-137 is 200 pCi/L).

    Radioactive isotopes accumulate in milk after they spread through the atmosphere, fall to earth in rain or dust, and settle on vegetation, where they are ingested by grazing cattle. Iodine-131 is known to accumulate in the thyroid gland, where it can cause cancer and other thyroid diseases. Cesium-137 accumulates in the body’s soft tissues, where it increases risk of cancer, according to EPA.

    Airborne contamination continues to cross the western states, the new data shows, and Boise has seen the highest concentrations of radioactive isotopes in rain so far.

    A rainwater sample collected in Boise on March 27 contained 390 picocures per liter of iodine-131, plus 41 of cesium-134 and 36 of cesium-137. EPA released this result for the first time yesterday. Typically several days pass between sample collection and data release because of the time required to collect, transport and analyze the samples.

  14. So the rumors that you had passed away were false? It looks too hopeless to even comment. Nothing can be done. Too horrible with these Unprecedented fires and heat waves to go forward. Time for the daily amnesia. Welcome back from the grave, Anonymous. Here is something for yous . . .
    Summertime, and the livin' is easy
    Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
    Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
    So hush, little baby, don't you cry
    One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing
    And you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the sky
    But till that morning, there ain't nothin' can harm you
    With daddy and mammy standin' by
    One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing
    And you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the sky
    But till that morning, there ain't nothin' can harm you
    With daddy and mammy standin' by
    Summertime, and the livin' is easy
    Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
    Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
    So hush, little baby, don't you cry
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  15. Better to tell the truth than being a lying nazi troll

  16. A low quality nut-ball troll at that

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  17. We have been sharing information about fukushima and nuclear for 7 years. They detest us for telling the truth. That is why the low-quality nut-ball troll spams here and threatens to upload his chickenshit video to professorwatch

    1. Now,now tone down. "They" might be three or four people, Anonymous. You are not some important national figure. You are an obscure noise on a fairly unknown blog. In fact if there is a they then it is glad you hang out here and fight figments of your over heated imagination. In fact they might even donate some $ just to show their appreciation for your not being a member of Antifa. Maybe you need to go big and comment on the big people's sites like CNN.

    2. Ha ha ha. I would ignore it, if it were not so funny.

      Eugenics: Better to cage sexually abuse toryure and kill 13,000 toddlers and kids than let them into the world

      Witches on College Campuses

      Kermit the Frog Jordan Peterson




      Radiation cannot Hurt you

      Nuclear Power is superior because it is so masculine

      Everyone should have a nuke; J Peterson

      From William St. George
      Why Are There So Many Real Witches On University Campuses?


      July 26, 2019 at 9:44 AM
      This is an outrageously stupid video wherein a misogynistic man spews falsehoods as scientific truths in an effort to promote hate and violence against women, especially middle-aged and older women who have some limited access to power.
      I can only hope the person who left this link does not believe this sick propaganda.

    3. The troll is very afraid of this blog otherwise it would not spam here with so much rubberish and gibberish. Like the low quality trolls on all the other antinuclear sites

    4. rubberish that always bounces back on it

    5. "This is the way the world ends
      This is the way the world ends
      This is the way the world ends
      Not with a bang but with a whimper."
      -- The Hollow Men

    6. Nuclear is depressing. That is why there are antinuclear blogs like this. The people from them, began to intensely share information after Fukushima.
      Readers of blogs like this, see unknown blabbering to itself, or trolling or regurgiitaing Fox news highlights, they ignore it
      When the concerned antinuclear readers see good antinuclear-information, they make a note of it. Some have hope that the old Death Machines, will be shut down.

  18. I notice that witches are usually raised by War-locks.

  19. “Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.”
    ― Bhagavad Gita

    1. No one dies before their time as the notion "before their time" is just a sentimental expression found mostly on 19th century tomb stones.

  20. Why do people have to die before their time troll. You commit ten logical fallacies every time you pathologically blabber.

    1. When will an extreme heat spell set off wildfires that will surround these sites in texas and new mexico?

    2. Holtec is to store all Highlevel Nuclear waste fuel rods, in a parched desert, in New Mexico. They will stote 120,000 tons there in shoddy, thin skinned cannisters.

      Orava already has 40,000 tons of high level waste above-ground by Andrews, Texas. Andrews is Not so far away from New Mexico. Both places are parched Deserts, capable of out-of-control-wildfires. Wild fires like the one at Idaho National Lab, that destroyed 90,000 acres and burned all the way to the main complex.

    3. No one dies before their time as the notion "before their time" is just a sentimental expression found mostly on 19th century tomb stones.

    4. unless they are murdered through negligence, premeditations or as necessary evil but the troll endorses that

  21. A wildfire burned 90,0000 acres around the Idaho National Atomic Laboratory July 25, 2019. There were other wildfires in the area. The Idaho National Laboratory Nuclear Reservation, is 900 square miles. Almost a million acres.
    The fire burned, all the way to reactor buildings, on the nuclear reservation. Many muclear reactors have been tested there.

    The western Uniteds States is desertous The western USA, has mostly been parched for a long time. The basin and ranges, high deserts, and low deserts of the west have always been vulnerable to large, out-of-control, wildfires. The west is also, where the government has many nuclear reservations and nuclear waste sites.

    The pieces of the old Sodium Reactor at Santa susana were buried by Beatty Nevada. That reactor melted down in the late fifties and had a partial melt in the 60s. There was radionuclde fallout, in the surrounding areas from the nuclear melt downs at Santa Susana.
    The old sodium reactor from Santa Susana, was disassembled. The Highly radioactive-detritus, of the reactor's melted core, was hauled to Beatty nevada, in the late 60s and 70s.

    Beatty Nevada, is very close to where nuclear bombs, were open-air tested in the 50s and sixties, in Nevada.
    The detritus of the reactor core From SANATA Susana by Beatty Nevada, were declared low-level nuclear waste. It was not low lebel waste. It was highly volatile, high-level nuclear waste. The nuclear waste exploded in Nevada in 2015.
    Youtube video

    video footage on tv mews of exploding nuclear waste by Beatty nevada

    Climate change has dramatically increased the frequency and breadth of wildfires in the western USA.

    Holtec is to store all Highlevel Nuclear waste fuel rods, in a parched desert, in New Mexico. They will store 120,000 tons in wildfire prone areas, in New Mexico. The waste is stored, in shoddy, thin skinned cannisters like the ones at San Onofre. The used Reactor Fuel Rods are extremely volatile, High Level Nuclear waste. They will be stored above ground, in Holtecs containers.

    Orava already has 40,000 tons of high level waste above-ground by Andrews, Texas. Andrews is Not so far away from New Mexico. Both places are parched Deserts, capable of out-of-control-wildfires. Wild fires like the one at Idaho National Lab, that destroyed 90,000 acres and burned all the way to the main complex.


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