You forgot about vacuum trains.
And freezer boats. Which we'll ALL be living in soon.
@masonwheeler The US strategic reserve would power US industry for about 15 minutes.
It's intended for military use.
EDIT: even the military's probably be out of it before 6 months are up, assuming the reason we're tapping it is because we're in a hot war.
Fortunately, it does give us enough time to restart North Dakota drilling and becoming self-sufficient again oil-wise. One good thing about that short boom and bust is that there's a lot of good complete infrastructure just sitting there that can be restarted.
You do realize that oil reserves, in the US and worldwide, are at record levels, right? We are swimming in already-extracted oil. We could shut down every rig in the entire world and get by just fine for a good while.
BTW when people say "oil reserves" 99% of the time they don't mean extracted oil sitting in tanks (unless they say "strategic reserves").
They're talking about the amount of known oil in the ground that can be extracted by current technology. And yes, the US has enough of that to meet our needs for like 100 years, but once OPEC learned about that they cut THEIR prices to price OUR drillers out of the market. (And killed Venezuela as a side effect, to boot.)
We have the technology. We just don't have the widespread adoption of it yet, because the fossil fuel industry has gone well out of its way to suppress the competition.
Right; so those Greenpeace anti-nuclear activists are sponsored by the fossil fuel industry?
That makes perfect sense. Congratulations.
Fun fact: DAPL has had three spills now and they haven't even finished it.
Fun fact: the alternative to oil pipelines is to send them along rail in the kind of cars that blew up Quebec City a few years ago.
People oppose the oil pipeline because they oppose oil. Once you realize the oil's going to be transported one way or another, your realize the pipeline is by far the best and safest way to do it. Not building the oil pipeline doesn't make the oil magically teleport to its destination.
Oh, and, we probably wouldn't even need all this oil if the idiots voting no on the pipeline hadn't also been voting against nuclear power back in the 70s and 80s.
This argument is getting dangerous.
Maybe we need... some safety?
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