Wednesday, August 6, 2008

How much oil can we save - Update

It's late and I'm ready for beddy bye, but here is some info.

Hussein claims that inflating tires and getting tune ups will increase fuel efficiency 4%. He further claims that will save the same amount of oil as we can get out of the continental shelf.

Let's look.

One barrel of oil is 20 gallons of gasoline. There are 207,000,000 cars, light trucks, minivans and SUV's. The average miles driven per year is 12,000 and the average MPG is 24, or 500 gallons a year.

A 4% savings would be 20 gallons a year. Or 1 barrel per vehicle per year. So with those 207,000,000 vehicles, you can save 200 million barrels per year.

Of course that is not realistic numbers. At 2% savings the number is 100 million barrels.

At 2% savings and 100,000,000 vehicles (50%) the number is 50,000,000 million barrels. That's about 4 - 6 hours of our 320 million gallons used per day.

The current estimate of recoverable oil on the outer continental shelf is 90 billion barrels. Since recovery rates improve with technology that number is probably closer to 110 billion. This does not include ANWR or any other source.

That is 1.8 trillion gallons of gasoline.

Fill'er up?

Gallons used. Gallons per barrel.
Number vehicles
Miles traveled per year.
Barrels in outer shelf

Told you so.

Told you so.

Texas, a model of wind power’s potential, now is a model of wind power’s pitfalls too.

Minders of the Lone Star State’s electricity grid had to cut power to some offices and factories Wednesday evening when the wind dropped—and with it, electricity produced from the state’s many wind farms. The green juice slowed from 1,700 megawatts to the trickle of 300 megawatts.

This Texas juice, at least, is still flowing. (Wikipedia)
”A cold front moved through, and the wind died out,” said Dottie Roark, spokeswoman for the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council of Texas, or ERCOT, which runs most of the state’s power grid. “That happens.”

Oh, well. Now that wind is big enough to be a real part of Texas’ electricity mix, the state is coming to grips with one of wind power’s biggest problems: the power flows only when the wind blows.

Where's Algore when we need some hot air?

Hussein gets illegal Mulsim Money

News Flash!

From the Dog bites man file:

Illegal Obama donors: Middle Eastern Arabs

JERUSALEM – Palestinian brothers inside the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip are listed in government election filings as having donated $29,521.54 to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign.

Donations of this nature would violate election laws, including prohibitions on receiving contributions from foreigners and guidelines against accepting more than $2,300 from one individual during a single election, Bob Biersack, a spokesman for the Federal Election Commission, told WND in response to a query.

The contributions also raise numerous questions about the Obama campaign's lax online donation form, which apparently allows for the possibility of foreign contributions.

The website donation form asks each donor to affirm he or she is a U.S. citizen and is above the age of 16 but doesn't require donors to prove their citizenship status, such as providing a social security number. The form further requires the donor to affirm the contribution is not coming from a corporation, political action committee or lobby group.

But...but.... you don't understand. He's running for President of the world!