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1,054.  Guns aren’t awful;

Nooses give;

Gas smells awful;

You might as well live.  (Life’s Like That & Suicide & Guns & Gas & Epigram)  Dorothy Parker, Resume 1937

 

 

2,567.  Joseph Priestley is credited with identifying ten different gasses.  (Science & Gas & Elements & Great Britain)  Genius of Britain II: A Roomful of Brilliant Minds, Channel 4 2012

 

 

5,238.  1995 ... When Cedric Brown, the Chief Executive of British Gas, was paid £475,000, an increase of 75%, there were howls of outrage.  (Work & Management & Gas)  Kirsty Young, The British at Work: The Age of Uncertainty 1995 – Now

 

 

10,104.  Gas lighting was an interesting challenge to paint of course.  (Art & Gas & Painting)  Waldemar Januszczak, The Art of the Night ****

 

 

42,511.  Enron would become a kind of stock market for natural gas ... Transform energy into financial instruments that could be traded like stocks and bonds.  (Corporation & Gas & Energy)  Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 2005, written McLean & Elkind & Gibney

 

42,517.  Enron had vast natural gas operations all over the world.  They had cost billions to build and most were performing terribly.  (Corporation & Gas)  ibid.

 

 

48,413.  In August 1959 the world’s biggest gas field was discovered across the North Sea in Holland.  Geologists started getting excited.  If the same rock formation continued under the North Sea, we could be looking at a fabulously wealthy future.  (Oil & Gas)  Crude Britannia: The Story of North Sea Oil 1/3 

 

48,415.  Sea-Gem was about to become the first rig to strike gas ... Boxing Day 1965 they started to jack up the rig ready for the move: under the strain two of the steel legs shattered, plunging the platform and its crew into the sea ... 13 of the Sea-Gem’s 39 crew died in the disaster.  (Oil & Gas)  ibid.

 

48,416.  Contrary to popular belief the oil and gas don’t sit in great underground caverns.  They seep between the particles of rock.  Reservoirs are formed if a layer of harder rock above then traps the oil.  (Oil & Gas)  ibid.

 

 

48,439.  The general’s power is backed by foreign money.  One estimate is that since it crushed democracy in 1990 the Burmese regime has drawn 65% of its financial support from oil companies.  The main backers are the French company Total and its American partner Unical.  The oil pipeline they are building in the south of Burma will allow the generals to sell the country’s natural gas to Thailand.  The deal will give them an estimated $400,000,000 a year over 30 years.  (Oil & Gas & Burma)  John Pilger, Burma - Land of Fear

 

 

48,450.  The phrase ‘Peak Oil’ has been coined to bring attention to the belief that the world is at, or very close to, the point where reserves of global hydro-carbon resources commence the downward path, which will ultimately lead to the complete exhaustion of global oil & gas resources.

Whilst the theory of ‘Peak Oil’ is popularized by a sympathetic media, the oil industry continues to produce in excess of 90 million barrels each day whilst enjoying record levels of profitability, yet remains remarkably silent on the issue.

 

The mainstream media is also strangely silent on the existence of alternative theories to ‘Peak Oil’.  Why is this?  Does everyone in the Oil & Gas industry agree with the forecasts that the world is entering the last days of an oil-based economy?  If not, what is the alternative viewpoint and why is it not given coverage by the mainstream media?

In addition, the proponents of ‘Peak Oil’ conveniently ignore rapidly advancing well construction, reservoir management and stimulation techniques, which enable more than twice as much oil to be extracted than when oil was first discovered in the late 19th Century.  Not to mention the development of production from unconventional sources, such as the massive shale oil deposits beneath Colorado, Utah & Wyoming.  (Oil & Gas)  Ian R Crane, Peak Oil: Myth or Reality?  viz website

 

 

48,453.  The process of fracking came about in the late 1940s ... You pump the water down the well under phenomenal pressure to fracture the rocks ... There’s 5% of this chemical cocktail ... What they don’t know is where it’s going to go.  (Oil & Gas & Fracking)  Ian R Crane, interview Richplanet TV

 

48,454.  64% of England is sitting over shale gas or coal-bed methane.  (Oil & Gas & Fracking)  ibid.

 

48,455.  Right now we've got a major propaganda PR campaign being mounted by the government and the corporations.  (Oil & Gas & Fracking)  ibid.

 

 

48,641.  Coal, oil and gas are called fossil fuels, because they are mostly made of the fossil remains of beings from long ago.  The chemical energy within them is a kind of stored sunlight originally accumulated by ancient plants.  Our civilization runs by burning the remains of humble creatures who inhabited the Earth hundreds of millions of years before the first humans came on the scene.  Like some ghastly cannibal cult, we subsist on the dead bodies of our ancestors and distant relatives.  (Coal & Oil & Gas & Fuel)  Carl Sagan, Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

 

 

48,664.  Compared to coal, which generates almost half the electricity in the United States, natural gas is indeed a cleaner, less polluting fuel.  But compared to, say, solar, it’s filthy.  And of course there is nothing renewable about natural gas.  (Fuel & Energy & Gas & Electricity)  Jeff Goodell

 

 

48,707.  Nobody disputes that cheap natural gas would be a good thing for the economy.  The question is, is this a sustainable new development that can be counted on for decades to come, or simply a ‘bubble’ brought on by a land grab and drilling frenzy?  (Gas & Fracking)  Jeff Goodell

 

 

48,668.  This is a replica of Murdoch’s model.  A top-secret design for a vehicle that could pull carriages along the road ... Murdoch continued developing his model vehicle throughout the 1780s ... He was fascinated by high-pressure steam.  (Gas & Engineering & Coal & Fuel & Energy & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  Mark Williams: More Industrial Revelations: Gas on Wheels

 

48,669.  This time extracting gas from coal ... He soon became so successful that he lit his own house.  The first house lit by gas in the world.  And Murdoch’s employers soon turned gas-light into big business.  From 1805 mills and factories were to work shifts around the clock using their own gas generating plants.  It wasn’t long before everyone wanted the new light.  (Gas & Engineering & Coal & Fuel & Energy & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

48,670.  One of the most extraordinary pieces of machinery in the entire industrial age in my opinion - this is a Scrubber.  The idea in our computer-dominated nano-technology world that the way to remove ammonia from gas is to scrub it with brushes underwater seems fantastic.  But that’s what the machine does: gas is bubbled through water and scrubbed by slowly revolving brushes, and this is how town gas was cleaned throughout the whole of its life as a fuel supply.  (Gas & Engineering & Coal & Fuel & Energy & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

48,671.  200 years later Murdoch’s coal gas was readily available.  It could be fed into an engine and ignited again and again and again.  (Gas & Engineering & Coal & Fuel & Energy & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

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