You know how people say oil is a problem for the environment, and how we’re going to run out of it eventually? What if we didn’t have to run out of it, and didn’t care about the Earth? The future is almost here.
Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have come up with a process that can convert the human waste sewage into oil. Hydrothermal liquefaction breaks down organic matter, by subjecting it to intense pressure and high heat to make what is basically petroleum. Scientists say this can safely be refined into the fossil fuels we all know and love.
Who needs Mr. Fusion?
In recent weeks, a large group of protesters has halted and called attention to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protest was started by Native Americans concerned about keeping the water clean and drinkable at the Standing Rock Reservation, which straddles North and South Dakota. It’s gotten to be such an issue that the Obama administration is seeking to review the approval of the project.
This topic hits pretty close to my day job, but you didn’t come here for an education or to hear about my politics and how they apply to this one issue. You’re here for the yuck-yucks, so we’re going to stick with that.
Checking in to Standing Rock is as dumb as posting one of those “this is my content” messages. Continue reading The McBournie Minute: 3 reasons your Standing Rock check-in is dumb
There’s trouble brewing in Germany.
The country’s brewers are warning the German government that allowing hydraulic fracturing, a process used to recover oil and natural gas trapped inside rock formations, could hurt the beer industry. The brewers say the drilling technique, which involves injecting a mixture of water and chemicals, could threaten groundwater, which is a key ingredient in beer.
This is shaping up to be a battle between Big Oil and Big Beer.
As I and other celebrities get older, it becomes harder to differentiate between the roles we’ve played and the regular a$$holes we used to be. (I still put my pants on one leg at a time, but each foot is bathed in frankincense before inserted into the crotch part.)
The Gulf oil leak has dominated the news, and there’s only so much left for any of us can write about plans to put BP’s greasy turd back in its oceanic butthole. I’m plum out of ideas because, as much as I’d love to come up with a solution, the only way to prevent my leaky poop metaphor is to not play with buttplugs and Ex-Lax in the first place.
But, little would I believe that Kevin Costner may be the cure. For oil. Not diarrhea. We’re back to literalism here.
Yes, the man whose only seeming qualification is a willingness to spend millions of other people’s money on Waterworld may very well save the Redneck Riviera.
To put this in perspective, if this works, Tutanka’s next trick may be to save the U.S. Postal Service, hopefully without hordes of anarchist rapists.
Or, to take this further, let’s revisit the last time I had trouble straddling the ever-diminishing line between celebrity and reality. Continue reading Take it from Snee: The line between celebrity and reality (Costner Edition)
Republican Senators want to know: what will it take to get Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and President Barack Obama to reopen all U.S. offshore oil drilling sites. They are concerned about a 6-month moratorium on drilling that could mean lost oil jobs.
And they’re right: even though all offshore drilling safety has been overseen by the Mineral Management Service, an organization that is still under investigation for over 10 years of graft, we need to speed up safety inspections and put workers back on derricks.
Besides, this is about jobs. Every time there’s an accident, another oil job opens up!
With today’s headlines about President Barack Obama, it may be a good idea to hide your puppies.
The President worked out his rage as most people do, with Matt Lauer, concerning the BP oil leak; BP’s CEO, Tony Hayward and the idea that he hasn’t blown up an oil rig off the coast of England with “Fat” Tony stuck inside.
President Obama justified his meetings with experts, saying that it takes a committee to nominate names and assess asses before an ass can be kicked. He added, “This seems to work pretty well for the Pentagon.”
In the meantime, Hayward is still very much physically unharmed by any and all able-bodied U.S. politicians.
So, how about that leak in the Gulf of Mexico, right?
You’re probably expecting a punchline about how terrible it is, or how many animals are going to die or how we could have avoided all of this by investing more in alternative renewable energy back in the 70s.
Well, you’re not going to get that here. In fact, I think this is a good thing. Allow me show you how, in every oil spoil, there’s a rainbow lining.
NOTE: Rick Snee is writing this article of its own free will. Any checks from BP have not cleared yet.
Continue reading Take it from Snee: The rainbow in every oil spill