This is a map that shows all the major pipelines in the united states. As you can

 tell there are more than one pipelines running through the Dakotas. Seeing 

the evidence here, why is it that these “Water Protectors” are doing everything

 in their power to stop this from going through? The only thing that makes

 sense is the fact that it’s popular. The media decided that they were going to

 stop this and get people to protest it because it’s in a state that has a large 

Native American population. 

This is another failed attempt at trying to make

 America looks like a racist country that doesn’t accept anyone that isn’t white.

 The Dakota access pipeline doesn’t even touch the standing rock tribes land,

 nor does it cause any threat to the water seeing that it’s buried deeper than 

the water table. I worked in the oil industry for a few years. I know first hand how

 difficult it is to deal with these kinds of people. They have no clue what you 

have to do to ensure that nothing bad will happen. I’ve always asked myself 

“Why is it that these people protest pipelines, but still drive cars?” Today’s

 society is nothing more than whiny liberal  millennials that want everything 

handed to them. Being Politically correct is far more important to them than 

making sure that we do things that ensure our future the energy they deserve, 

and a strong economy. 

So please… tell me what pipeline are you protesting against again?

Crude oil is losing its OPEC rally

(Algerian Energy Minister Noureddine Boutarfa, center, Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar, left, and acting Secretary General of OPEC Mohammed Barkindo, right, leave the International Conference Center after a meeting of oil ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting countries, OPEC, in Algiers, Algeria.AP/Sidali Djarboub)
Crude oil prices were lower on Tuesday for the first day since the Organization of Petroleum Countries agreed to limit their production last week Wednesday. 

West Texas Intermediate crude oil, the benchmark of US prices, jumped 12% last week — a gain not seen since oil prices crashed in 2014 — after OPEC made its first deal in eight years. 

Combined, OPEC and non-OPEC producers agreed to reduce output by about 1.8 million bpd, or 2% of the total world output, according to figures cited by Reuters.

But on Monday, a Reuters survey found that OPEC’s output hit a record high in November, indicating that member countries could have a hard time sticking to their plan. 

“We remain skeptical of Iraqi and Iranian compliance,” said Michael Cohen, head of energy commodities research at Barclays, in a note Monday.

“OPEC export levels may remain elevated in 1H 17 if countries step on the gas in December and fill their storage. Lower demand and lower refining runs should also help the Saudis keep exports high.”

WTI fell 1.4% to $51.08 per barrel. Brent crude, the international benchmark of prices, dropped 1% to $54.40. 

Last week Friday, data from driller Baker Hughes showed that US producers continued to increase the number of active rigs in a lagged response to stabilizing oil prices. 

The American Petroleum Institute will release its weekly data on inventories after the market close on Tuesday. The Energy Information Administration will publish its numbers on Wednesday, and they are expected to show a decline by about 1.13 million barrels.

(Markets Insider)

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Second Life: The Heineken WOBO Doubles as Beer Bottle and Brick

Fifty years ago, Heineken developed a revolutionary and sustainable design solution to give its beer bottles a second life: as an architectural brick. The concept arose after brewing magnate Alfred Heineken visited Curacao during a world tour of his factories in 1960. He was struck by the amount of beer bottles—many bearing his name—littering the beaches and the lack of affordable building materials for residents. In a stroke of genius (or madness), Heineken realized both problems could be solved if beer bottles could be reused as structural building components. Enlisting the help of Dutch architect N. John Habraken, Heineken created a new bottled design—dubbed the Heineken WOBO (World Bottle)—that doubled as a drinking vessel and a brick. As author and architecture critic Martin Pawley notes, the WOBO was “the first mass production container ever designed from the outset for secondary use as a building component.“ The new squared off bottle was both inter-locking and self-aligning, allowing it to nestle seamlessly and snugly into adjoining "bricks.” With Habraken’s design, a 10 by 10 foot hut could be constructed with 1,000 WOBO bottles. Though a test run of 100,000 bottles was produced in 1963, the marketing department’s worries about liabilities doomed the project. The WOBO was subsequently and unceremoniously retired. Though only two official WOBO buildings remain, both on the Heineken estate in Noordwijk near Amsterdam, the concept remains a powerful and inspiring one. Indeed, the experiment is a reminder of how a major corporation might seriously take on sustainability in an innovative way.
These sage grouse hens hatched 862 chicks. Within two months, 700 were dead.
The researchers counted 862 chicks. Two months later, 700 of them were dead. Energy Development is suspected.

This is the state of play in much of the vast sage brush sea that covers 11 Western states where sage grouse live. Once there were millions of them in Wyoming, Utah, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. Now the federal government estimates that there are about 400,000.

Gibson’s study, published in the Condor: Ornithological Applications journal, is one of a few that details how the demise is happening. Long story short, rampant energy excavation and large gold mining operations have torn up the bird’s natural habitat, and hens haven’t adjusted well in their search for nests…


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For his series Intolerable Beauty, photographer Chris Jordan peered into shipping ports and industrial yards around America. Though these sites remain unseen by the majority of the population, they hold the stunningly massive remains of our collective consumption. Jordan’s findings include seemingly boundless troves of cell phones, e-waste, circuit boards, cell phone chargers, cars, spent bullet casings, cigarette butts, and steel shred. Jordan describes the immense scale of our detritus as simultaneously “desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful.” Like Edward Burtynsky’s photographs of our vast industrial landscapes, Jordan’s images portray a staggering complexity that verges on the sublime. The photographs reflect the loss of individual identity that results from actions that occur on such a large scale, but Jordan hopes his work can “serve as portals to a kind of cultural self-inquiry” and inspire people to reestablish a personal stake in issues of energy consumption.

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German conceptual artists Bernhard “Bernd” Becher and Hilla Becher, who worked together as a collaborative duo, are perhaps best known for their extensive series of photographic images of industrial buildings and structures. The images were often organized in grids according to a particular “typology,” such as water towers, grain elevators, coke ovens, and warehouses. In displaying what might typically be considered “banal” or lacking in design, the Becher’s elevated industrial architecture to subject worthy of formal aesthetic and artistic consideration. The photographs also bring light to an architectural ecosystem based on the production and transformation of energy that is paradoxically both hidden and ubiquitous. The Bechers would go on to influence generations of documentary photographers and artists as the founders of what has come to be known as the ‘Becher school.’

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Oil may be seeping from Deepwater Horizon site

BP is set to embark Thursday on the fifth day of a little-known subsea mission under Coast Guard supervision to look for any new oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The BP oil rig exploded in 2010, killing 11 workers and sending more than 7 million gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for three months before it was capped. In September, a new oil sheen was spotted about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. Tests confirmed the oil came from the infamous Macondo well underneath the Deepwater Horizon. BP’s underwater vehicle observed oil seeping from the well’s containment dome and, after a remote operation, declared the leaks plugged on October 23. The company and the Coast Guard said it wasn’t feasible to clean up the slick, and that it didn’t pose a risk to the shoreline.

Slicks and sheens of varying sizes and shapes have been documented by satellite photos, as well as aerial video recorded by the non-profit environmental group “On Wings of Care.” It’s suspected that an unknown amount of oil trapped in the containment dome, and in the wreckage and equipment from 2010, could be seeping out

(via CBS News)