What If He’s Right?
By James Howard Kunstler
Guest Writer for Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com
Here is a contrary (negative) opinion of Matt Simmons from Catherine Austin Fitts who I have a lot of respect for:
This guy Simmons is not a trained geologist and has no ability to determine if the seabed and the rock structure below it can handle a nuclear blast of any size. That’s not the Utah desert down there, and if a blast went awry the situation would turn into an uncontrollable disaster. I have been hearing him blab for weeks now about this huge lake of sub-surface oil that is miles away from the damaged well site. If that oil is in fact from the damaged well bore and is seeping through the rock structure and exiting through the seabed miles away, how in the hell does he think he’s going to stop that with a nuclear blast? I used to respect Simmons for his peak oil work. I think he’s got rocks in his head with this idea. The Russians tried that nuclear trick several times on their own land and more than a few didn’t turn out too well.
I think that nuclear idea is indescribably stupid and irresponsible.
Although this may not be the proper forum for this type of observation – Has anyone connected the ‘engineered release’ of a significantly more effective “greenhouse gas” than the evil robber baron CO2(methane – http://www.epa.gov/methane/) with a convenient effective atmospheric lifetime which is noted in the linked EPA website (I honestly do not know what this metric means)at a time where the globe desperately wants a new and monstrous carbon tax? Of course, not to mention all of the delicious negative petroleum press which has been skillfully connected with planetary assault. According to a study by John Kessler of Texas A&M, “oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits.” (http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2010/06/22/bps-lies-about-methane-and-oil-plumes-exposed/) Two birds, one stone, and all the difficult labor reaching a source was completed by BP and friends. As a lowly mechanical engineer, I obviously can not comment as to the atmospheric release rate of the methane, ‘wet’ or ‘dry’, dissolved in the ocean. However, it would be painfully convenient if the release rate known by those much more connected corresponded to the typical political attention span or with the quickly forgetful, emotionally blinded general public. I honestly do not believe that I would be asking these questions if I 1) was not an engineer exposed to problems related to absorption and emission rates of fluids and 2) through no fault of my own, read various articles over the recent years regarding our sweet and lovable friend, anthropogenic global warming and related silliness such taxation of livestock based on methane emission. Just a passing thought.
Regardless, this is a truly tragic event and we all must do what we can to make things right. I certainly hope for the sake of all the Gulf Coast states that this is an extreme and unlikely theory. On a serious note – My condolences to the families who lost loved ones to the terrible explosion. Additionally, my condolences to the communities who rely on the Gulf and all those who will be affected in the future as the full extent of this disaster is realized.
This is an interesting 2 hour informal talk by “SHR” on June 25th who is a Subject Matter Expert entitled, “SHR answers technical questions on The BP Deepwater Horizon Macondo Well Blowout and what we are facing in the Gulf.” He believes that the well has been compromised below the surface just as Matt Simmons indicates, but he gives a little different picture. I’ve listened to it twice and he mentions some valid issues. SHR isn’t a polished guy, but he knows a lot about the subject.
Lose trust in the goverment????? what clear thinking people are still trusting the goverment?
You candidly admit ambivalence to Mr Simmons claim. Unusual for a reporter.
Math would reveal the truth in Mr Simmons forecasts. A hurricane force wind averaging 70 mph, 200 miles in diameter by 2000 vertical ft, traveling at 15 mph would produce a volume of air of such significance to dilute harmlessly any portion of the “lake of methane” brought to the surface by a hurricane.
Thanks for the report
Mr Simmons is a Texan and a banker. Follow the money. There is nothing more he’d like to see than the collapse of BP so his clients could pick up the pieces cheaply.
And then this story comes out:
The oil could be suspended at a mid point waiting to be rolled to the surface.
Interesting how a larger picture forms when one gets information from a number of sources. Thanks for being one of those sources, and a reliable one at that!
And NOW he’s DEAD !!!
Was his mouth too big for govt & BP?
These ideas are floating around at various websites and have been put forward as very real possibilities by some academics. There is a lengthy post at Survival Spot which provides a “scientific” basis for a six month time line to disaster. There are others making the same prediction. IF they are correct in the worst case there is no sense worrying about this; just enjoy the few months left to humanity. IF true in any sense the Gulf population is in big trouble, and people within a few hundred miles are also threatened.
I have sent my friends these reports with a dose of skepticism, but seeing your post makes me wonder if this scenario could play out. From what I have read these conditions have existed before, though not with inadvertent help from the US Government and BP, as a result of natural earth changes.
Without doubt BP is incompetent and dishonest it is disgusting to hear their advertisements complemented by news from the Gulf in direct contradiction. Their history of accidents is abysmal. The company is circling its wagons but most likely will not survive. Its culture is one of cost avoidance to boost quarterly numbers which has resulted in long term increased cost to repair the damage. Its behavior is typical of conglomerates whose sole purpose is milk its assets and then dispose of them for whatever price is possible.
I hope this article is wrong or overstating the case as if it is not politics will mean very little in the near future.