Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Monday, March 2, 2015

60% of new US oil output is being refined and exported; 200 of us will die by bomb train so that can continue

before we get to anything else, we're going to add a postscript to last week's coverage of the oil bomb trains....in all the excitement of reporting about trains & refineries blowing sky high in various parts of the country and Canada, we forgot to point out that a lot of that fuel being hauled cross country isn't even intended for our use; it's for export...in tracking the monthly trade report for years, i've noticed that while fracking increased, our exports of refined products have been increasing, but because the data in the trade reports from the Commerce Dept is reported in dollars and prices change continuously, it's been difficult to get a handle on how much...however, the reports from the energy Department give us the data on production and exports in barrels of oil and refined product, so we can check their records and discover exactly what has been going on under the guise of drilling our way to energy independence...
as you may recall from our discussion of the Obama administration's ruling allowing exports of ultralight oils originating from US oil shale wells, exports of US crude are prohibited by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, except in the cases of special licenses given by the Commerce Dept, or in trade with Canada and Mexico, where NAFTA specifically mandates that trade...hence our exports of crude oil itself aren't too significant, and have generally been well less than 2% of total output until recent months, probably rising now as our exports of light Bakken crude to Canada have increased as a blender for the much heavier Canadian crude...a screenshot of an interactive graph from the EIA of our monthly crude exports since 1920 is shown below, which indicates that we exported 13,692,000 barrels of crude in December, a bit less than 2% of our 286,003,000 barrels of crude production for the month...
December 2014 crude exports
on the other hand, our total exports of refined products has continued to increase as fracking increased...the graph below, also from the EIA, shows our total exports of finished refined products since 1980...in December of 2014, US based oil companies exported 96,368,000 barrels of finished products, about in line with recent US refinery exports of 97,570,000 barrels , 92,803,000 barrels, and 98,373,000 barrels in December 2011, 2112 and 2013 respectively, but more than twice the 42,032,000 barrels of product US refiners exported in December 2007...in 2013, the last year the EIA (Energy Information Administration) has complete annual data for, the output of US refineries and fuel blending facilities totaled 6,746,361 barrels of various finished refinery products; in that same year, 970,997,000 barrels, or 14.4% of our total refinery output, was shipped out of the country...
2014 total refined products exports
NB: so we all have a sense of what kind of fuels we're exporting, we'll include a few graphs of those exports here...but for the remainder of this discussion we'll use 2013 totals, because although the EIA published December 2014 data on Friday, they have not updated their annual data and graphs, and monthly data is too noisy to easily use to accurately show the trend...when they update their annual stats, we'll update the remainder of the data and graphs we use here and repost it...
the next graph from the EIA shows 70 years of total US exports of various grades of distillate fuel oils, the majority of which are most often used as home heating oil and diesel fuel...in 2013, US refiners exported 413,888,000 barrels of fuel oil, or about 24% of our total 2013 distillate fuel oil production of 1,727,493,000 barrels...that's more than a 10 fold increase from the 40,101,000 barrels of fuel oils we exported in 2004, and clearly US exports of fuel oil continue to accelerate...
2013 fuel oil exports
the next graph from the EIA shows 80 years of US exports of various blends of gasoline; in 2013, we exported 136,146,000 barrels of gasoline, a little more than 4% of our total 2013 production of 3,370,460,000 barrels of gasoline...while that was down from the 174,776000 barrels of gasoline US refiners exported in 2011, it's still almost 3 times as much as the 46,369,000 barrels of gasoline we exported in 2007...
2013 gasoline exports
you'll recall that one of the trains that exploded into flames last week was carrying ethanol; the EIA also shows that 14,737,000 barrels of ethanol were exported in 2013, which would work out to about 4.7% of our 2013 ethanol production of 316,493,000 barrels..but new data out this week from the renewable fuels association shows that US ethanol exports increased to 836 million gallons in 2014, nearly 6% of our 2014 production...that's quite remarkable considering the amount of ethanol we are compelled to use ourselves in our gasoline, and the environmental damage done by pressing marginal farmland into use for it...nearly 40% of our corn crop goes to produce ethanol, and if you didnt know already, more than 89% of US corn is now generically engineered to allow for use of herbicides...
we'll include one more export graph showing US exports of jet fuel annually since 1980...in 2013, US refiners exported 56,989,000 barrels of jet fuel, or about 10.4% of our total 2013 jet fuel production of 547,275,000 barrels...those exports represent nearly a 4 fold increase from the 15,010,000 barrels of jet fuel we exported in 2007, as shown in the interactive screenshot, and once again we can see these exports are nearly rising exponentially..
2013 jet fuel exports
next, we're going to look at a graph that includes total US crude oil production over roughly the same time span...although the EIA graph below shows US crude oil production since 1860, you can see that recent oil output clearly bottomed in 2007 and 2008, at 1,853,166,000 barrels and 1,830,002,000 barrels respectively, and that US crude production had increased by more than 50%, to 2,717,876,000 barrels by 2013...of course, given that we’re fracking half the country, that's not a surprise, but notice that the pickup in production coincides with the increase in exports we saw in the earlier graphs...lets take a closer look at that relationship next...
2013 total domestic production
using 2007 as a common baseline, our field production of crude oil rose by 864,710,000 barrels over the period from 2007 to 2013, from 1,853,166,000 barrels in 2007 to 2,717,876,000 barrels of crude in 2013...over the same period, our exports of refined products more than doubled, from 455,240,000 barrels in 2007 to 970,997,000 barrels in 2013...that's an increase in our refined products exports of 515,757,000 barrels, or on a purely number of barrels basis, nearly 60% of the increase in production that we had over the same period...now, we understand comparing crude to refined products is an apples to oranges comparison, and that one barrel of crude might produce just 16 gallons of gasoline; 8 gallons of diesel fuel, a gallon of tar and a multitude of other refined products...in addition, we know we haven't even considered oil imports, some of which are also refined and exported...but oil is fungible, so just on a quantity of liquids basis, we can still say that it's as if well over half of the new oil production brought about by hydraulic fracking has not gone to benefit Americans in terms of lower priced fuel and heat oil, but has, in effect, been shipped out of the country to enrich the oil companies...and it's not the lower quality bi-products of petroleum, like asphalt, that are being exported; it's the high grade fuels like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel...and we're not talking about supporting a lot of jobs here either; the ongoing strike of 6,500 refinery workers is said to account for 20% of US refining capacity, so by extrapolation there wouldn't be many more than 35,000 non-management refinery employees in the entire US..
which brings us to the 200 deaths that we have headlined this missive about...in the wake of the 3 exploding oil trains that headlined last weeks news, an AP exclusive brought to light a previously unreported analysis by the Department of Transportation that forecasts that an average of 10 oil or ethanol carrying trains will derail and catch fire every year over the next 20 years, causing between $4.5 billion and $6 billion in damages, and probably killing around 200 people when one of those trains eventually derails in a populated area...8% of us now live in an oil train’s expected blast zone, and the government expects that 15 such trains will probably derail this year, and presumably as safety improvements are made, the number of derailments and could be reduced to 5 a year by the year 2034...but remember, those railcars involved in last week's conflagration in West Virginia were already the safer new model cars, and the track and the train that derailed in Canada had just passed a state of the art inspection check...as we've just seen, many of these trains are now traversing the country, from North Dakota to east coast refineries (up to 80 a week through Philadelphia alone), not for our betterment, but for the purpose of delivering profits to the oil companies...and as a dozen or more trains derail this coming year and dozens of us are likely killed, it will serve as an acknowledgement that to the government-energy nexus, dead Americans are now no more than the expected cost of doing business, collateral damage in the eternal war to make profits from oil, whose lives are just as expendable as a wedding party on their way to a contested village in the Mideast...
(first posted at Focus on Fracking)

Israeli nuclear weapons, 2014

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Since the late 1960s, every Israeli government has practiced a policy of nuclear opacity that, while acknowledging that Israel maintains the option of building nuclear weapons, leaves it factually uncertain as to whether Israel actually possesses nuclear weapons and if so at what operational status. Since the mid-1960s, this policy has been publicly expressed—and recently reaffirmed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—as the phrase “We won’t be the first to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East” (Netanyahu, 2011).
This statement is widely seen as a deception, because it is a long-held conclusion among governments and experts that Israel has produced a sizable stockpile of nuclear warheads (probably unassembled) designed for delivery by ballistic missiles and aircraft. Common sense dictates that a country that has developed and produced nuclear warheads for delivery by designated delivery vehicles has, regardless of their operational status, introduced the weapons to the region. But Israeli governments have attached so many interpretations to “introduce” that common sense doesn’t appear to apply.
Declassified documents from US–Israeli negotiations in 1968–1969 about the sale and delivery of F-4 Phantom aircraft show that the White House understood full well that “they [Israel] interpreted that [“introduction”] to mean they could possess nuclear weapons as long as they did not test, deploy, or make them public” (White House, 1969a: 1). In a memo prepared for President Nixon on the Israeli nuclear program, national security advisor Henry Kissinger stated: “This is one program on which the Israelis have persistently deceived us—and may even have stolen from us” (White House, 1969a: 7 of attachment).

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU’S LONG HISTORY OF CRYING WOLF ABOUT IRAN’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS


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Bibi's speech has nothing to do with Iranian nukes.

On the contrary, Israel is the only one who has nukes in the region.
But it is taboo to talk about that in the western media.

 Hush hush --- Shhhhhhh

Iran is not a threat to the region.
Israel is the clear and present danger to the region and the world.

Bibi wants to further the Likudnik agenda.
Regime change in Iran is what they have always been after.

This would then further their Zionist agenda for Israeli expansion within the arc of chaos in the region, at the cost of the Palestinians.

When will an American politician who does not fear AIPAC  have the gutts to tell Israel

TEAR DOWN THAT WALL ! ! ! 
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Netanyahu's aim – to earn votes for himself and to destroy the one foreign policy achievement within Obama’s grasp – will have absolutely no effect at all on Israeli-US relations. When Bibi made himself the laughing stock of the UN Security Council – by producing an infantile cartoon of an Iranian bomb with a red line in the middle, indicating that Iran could build nuclear weapons by the end of 2013 – his charade was treated with indulgence by the American media. These mythical deadlines have been expiring regularly for more than a decade, yet still we are supposed to take them seriously. Obama is struggling to reach an agreement with Iran which would protect the world from any nuclear weapon production by the Islamic Republic.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

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last week’s exploding oil trains and other spills

last week was an explosive week for the oil industry; in addition to three fiery train derailments in the news, an Exxon refinery in Torrance California blew up and left the city covered in a ghostly white ash...and of a less explosive nature, five spills were reported by the frackers in North Dakota, including one "double spill" which the company responsible believes was sabotage, something we might see more of as the roughnecks and rig hands think they're getting shafted by the unannounced layoffs...
a West Virginia oil train derailment & explosion on the Kanawha River in Fayette County got the most national attention, maybe because of the explosive nature of the fireball, maybe because the Governor of West Virginia declared a state of emergency in two riverside counties within hours of learning that burning oil tankcars had entered the river, the water source for much of the state….we'll include a news clip here so you can get a sense of what that looked like...
one house burned and roughly 1000 residents were evacuated from the area, and another 2000 lost water as water intakes were shut down....the derailment of 26 tankcars was of a CSX train carrying 109 cars of explosive Bakken crude to a refinery in Yorkton, Virginia, and 19 of those tank-cars became involved in the subsequent fires, which were still burning 3 days after the derailment, as neither CSX nor West Virginia had capabilities to put the fires out...the cars that exploded were the newer CPC 1232 models that are supposedly safer than the old DOT-111s, and this train was just one of dozens carrying Bakken crude that passes through Ohio cities and other Midwest communities on the way to East Coast refineries each week...luckily, no one was killed or seriously injured this time... 
another 100 car train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in a remote area of northern Ontario inaccessible by road early this week...29 tank-cars went off the tracks and nine were still on fire a day later when the derailment hit the news services...with below zero temperatures and no way to access the site, Canadian transportation authorities decided shut the corridor and to allow the fire to burn out before inspecting the scene, where it was reported that some of the rail cars were broken into pieces and scattered along the tracks in chest deep snow...the train had been visually inspected and went through a checkpoint that was supposed to automatically detect problems 20 miles before the trouble occurred, and the track had been visually inspected and cleared by a rail flaw detector in the week before the derailment...
earlier, a Canadian Pacific train carrying ethanol derailed on a river bank near Dubuque Iowa, and fifteen tankcars left the track, three of which erupted into flames and three of which rolled downhill, plunging into the Mississippi River...again, since local officials were unequipped to deal with a tankcar fire on an inaccessible hillside, they let the fire burn itself out before the Iowa DNR moved in to test the water for contamination...later assessment revealed that 8 of the old outdated DOT-111 single hulled tankers had split open and leaked their ethanol, noteworthy because 70% of the US oil tanker rolling stock is still of this design, including tens of thousands hauling Bakken crude, the same kind of oil and tankcars that exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec in July 2013, killing 47 people...
the number of train incidents over such a short span, including an 11 car derailment of a CSX crude oil train in South Philadelphia the prior weekend, has reignited the arguments that pipelines would be a safer way to transport oil than by rail....with fracking ongoing in several states, the volume of oil that is being shipped by rail has doubled since 2012 to 16,000 rail car loads a week...but pipelines aren't immune from their own disasters; recall that as recently as the last week in January, we were discussing two major pipeline ruptures within miles of each other on upper Missouri river tributaries....one of those pipelines leaked 3 million gallons of contaminated fracking wastewater on the North Dakota tundra over a period of more than 17 days before being noticed and shut off...this debate led to an examination of the comparative data by thinkprogress, who found that while oil trains spill more often, pipelines spill more...over the eight years examined, a period that included an 800,000 gallon tar sands oil leak into the Kalamazoo River, U.S. pipelines spilled three times as much crude oil as trains....so moving oil is dirty and dangerous any way we do it; pick your poison....
on Wednesday morning, an explosion and fire destroyed the gasoline processing unit at an ExxonMobil oil refinery in Torrance, California, injuring 4 workers and damaging surrounding buildings...although not directly related to the environmental issues surrounding fracking, the incident is noteworthy because we've been following the USW strikes at 11 US refineries for the past couple weeks, including a half dozen stories on them last week, where worker safety has been a major issue...the point is that lax safety standards at US refineries is an ongoing problem; 27 workers died in such refinery explosions over the past five years...after this accident, gasoline prices rose in the Los Angeles region and 4 more refineries joined those on strike...
of the five spills that occurred in North Dakota early this week, the first pair involved over 40,000 gallons of fracking wastewater that was released from two well sites in Williams county owned by Hess Energy; both impacted a wetlands area, and the company reported it as vandalism because valves were opened on storage tanks in both cases...in the second incident, 1,260 gallons of oil overflowed from a truck and spilled into an oxbow of Charbonneau Creek, which is a a tributary of the Yellowstone River, which was hit by a 50,000 gallon pipeline rupture just 4 weeks ago; it appears the operator just kept filling the truck after it was already loaded....the third reported spill occurred after a valve was left open as a truck was offloading diesel fuel at a tank farm, and resulted in 400 gallons of said diesel fuel flowing into a tributary of Lonesome Creek...finally, Murex Petroleum reported a pump leak caused 21,000 gallons of brine to spill in Divide County, but they managed to contain it on site....
(excerpted from Focus on Fracking)