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According to conservative estimates by the U.S. Geological Survey, there are over 2.7 billion barrels of oil and 114.36 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the NPRA.

National Petroleum Reserve Alaska (NPRA) has extremely high quality oil, API 40 to 60. In a day and age when most light crude Mid East exports are API 31 to 37, the NPRA represents not just hi quality, but a viable alternative to the Greenhouse gas intensive Alberta Tar Sands. The EPA says that Tar Sands create 82% more GHG than conventional crude oil production, from well to wheel.

Modern well drilling has come a long way from the rocking arms of Texas, 25 to 30+ wells can be drilled from a single 400 ft by 400 ft pad, vastly reducing the network of roads in environmentally sensitive lands like the Arctic Tundra in Alaska.

So why are oil companies going gaga over the tar sands? Maybe its oil field envy, The Alberta Tar Sands may be as large as the super giant oil field in Saudi Arabia called Gharwar, which produces hi quality light sweet crude (API 31 to 39) where as the Tar Sands has crude with an API of no more than 10.

I think oil companies know once they get the Tar Sands production ramped up, it'll be a money maker for 70 to 80 years. It'll also be game over for global warming.

With improved fuel economy standards, potential fuel-efficient technologies, advanced biofuels and electric vehicles and the effect these would have on crude oil consumption, there is simply no reason to dig up the Tar Sands. When fuel cell technology becomes refined, fuel cell cars will replace electric cars and hybrids. As transportation becomes less oil centric and more electric centric, renewable sources of electricity from solar, wind, hydro, geothermal will replace barrels of oil, there will still be no reason to dig up the Tar Sands.

So the next time someone says they support the Keystone pipeline, because its better to buy oil from Canada rather than from Mid East countries with people who want to kill us, just tell them thats bullshit. Its better to buy hi quality oil from Alaska's NPRA, not that dirty nasty GHG time bomb oil from Alberta.

What would the big man Al Gore say about the Tar Sands?

Over 200,000 people have signed the petition telling President Obama to stop the Keystone pipeline. If you haven't done so yet, please sign the petition to stop the Keystone pipeline.

11:53 AM PT: This diary is a look from an oil centric viewpoint, some may consider it objectionable, Ok. But the diary does show that from an oil centric viewpoint, there is a huge and clear alternative to the Tar Sands, I tried to take the "Drill Smart" angle.

If we use NPRA oil instead of Tar Sands and don't transition to renewables, we'll be forced to look at the Tar Sands again. We need to set initial goals of 20% of electricity from wind in 20 yrs, and the same for Solar. 100 gigawatts of solar and 100 gigawatts of Wind, and 100 gigwatts of renewable storage.

I do advocate for ending our oil dependance. We need to use the coal and oil we have left to build the next generation of renewable energy infrastructure, or else.

 The premise of the dairy is a thought exercise for those who cant think outside the oil box. Its not my personal view.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 10:45:17 AM PDT

  •  They're not mutually exclusive. (1+ / 0-)
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    "oil companies" aren't some gigantic, cohesive interest, either.  It's unlikely you have exactly the same parties at exactly the same interests in both areas.

    It's also in the middle of nowhere with no pipeline to it.  Even the tar sands have better existing pipeline infrastructure than NPRA.

  •  Isn't the idea to end our oil dependence? (1+ / 0-)
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    Roger Fox

    Given the oil disasters that have already happened in Alaska, what you're offering here isn't that great an alternative.

    •  I tried to look at it from an oil centric view (1+ / 0-)
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      people think Tar sands oil is better than Mid East oil, because of the terrorist hates us.

      Highlighting the difference between the tar sands and NPRA oil is import, 82% more GHG.

      I would point you to the last paragraphs. They were carefully worded.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 11:33:08 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, that is my view/our view (1+ / 0-)
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      But drill smart is effective with "others". SO I tried  to think like an oil centric thinker, they tend to think that " We have to have the oil".

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 11:35:57 AM PDT

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  •  companion diaries (2+ / 0-)
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    EPA: Tar Sands-82% more GHG than conventional oil.

    Tar Sands to consume all natural gas in Canada and Alaska

    Alberta Tar Sands: Canada missing its Kyoto targets

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 11:36:49 AM PDT

  •  Tentative support (1+ / 0-)
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    The NPRA has been designated for many years as desirable for oil/gas exploration on the North Slope. That is what it is for.

    Still, I would expect the Feds to hold to their promise of no drilling anywhere near Teshepuk Lake due to its vital importance for waterfowl and other bird/wildlife.

    There has already been sufficient exploration in NPRA that drilling now would not be harming wilderness, and the Porcupine Caribou Herd does not range that far west.

    While I think we need to be weaning off of fossil fuels instead of drilling further, this might be one area that it could be done.

    I do hope that offshore drilling will continue to be blocked, and that the ANWR coastal plain eventually gets the wilderness status it truly deserves.

    Live long, fight hard and prosper -- Meteor Blades, 8/10/11

    by Senor Unoball on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 12:28:25 PM PDT

    •  My conjecture is that ANWR (1+ / 0-)
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      is being tapped right now. From the Prudhoe Bay side. About 3 years ago I saw a number of lease tracts taken up along the western border of ANWR. Since 80% of ANSWR oil is in the western area, it may be recent improvements in horizontal drilling would allow as much as 12 or 14 miles of horizontal drilling.... into ANWR. One advantage of this is that ANWR plays are quite folded and segmented, this may result in long thin, narrow oil fields, and horizontal drilling would be a good match for that sort of application.

      Recent corporate exploratory drilling has sparked more active interest in NPRA by oil companies, the USGS has better defined whats to be found, in thier 2010 report, and the proprietary nature of the corporate wells means those areas dont yield data that the USGA knows about. But the recent spate of proprietary wells have increased oil company interest, suggesting they like what they saw, and they are not telling.

      Its interesting to note the USGS has reduced its estimates of oil in the NPRA, partially because better info on areas showed they werent worth much, and partially because known plays were found to have much more nat gas than thought.

      We still have to get away from oil, but there just is no reason in my mind to dig up the tar sands.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 12:48:16 PM PDT

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