Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Oil spill in Dalian, China

Oil spill in Dalian, China
July 21, 2010

"Five days ago, in the northeastern port city of Dalian, China, two oil pipelines exploded, sending flames hundreds of feet into the air and burning for over 15 hours, destroying several structures - the cause of the explosion is under investigation. The damaged pipes released thousands of gallons of oil, which flowed into the nearby harbor and the Yellow Sea. The total amount of oil spilled is still not clear, though China Central Television earlier reported an estimate of 1,500 (400,000 gallons), as compared to the estimated 94 - 184 million gallons in the BP oil spill off the Louisiana coast. The oil slick has now grown to at least 430 square kilometers (165 sq mi), forcing beaches and port facilities to close while government workers and local fishermen work to contain and clean up the spill."

If I were a conspiracy nut, this would really kick things into high gear. I am curious, though, as to what the US media will make of this new oil disaster. It makes the BP mess look like a spit in the ocean by comparison. Does this mean they will be going after the Chinese governments oil monopoly like they have BP? Will we here daily reports about how much oil as polluted the environment? Will there be a count of days since the initial disaster?

Of course not. People are extremely myopic about world events. If it isn't in their back yard they don't really give a schnitzel. They don't care that BP controls a fraction of a percentage of the world oil market compared to China.

And as to the conspiracy, what if both of these "accidents" were intentional? Who do you think will benefit most from these disasters? Is it for money? Power? Control? Did you know that the "Global Climate Change" industry is a multi-trillion dollar industry? Even though the real science has proven, beyond any doubt, that mans effect on the climate is negligible?

But then, as I said, I'm not a conspiracy nut.
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  1. "China Central Television earlier reported an estimate of 1,500 (400,000 gallons), as compared to the estimated 94 - 184 million gallons in the BP oil spill off the Louisiana coast."

    I think something got garbled. "1,500 (400,000 gallons)" seems to be missing something, probably some unit consisting of 266 and two thirds gallons (400/1.5), e.g., "1,500 Chinese standard home oil tanks (400,000 gallons)". The clincher: You're saying it's *larger* than the BP spill, but at least in my math, 400k < 94 to 184M.

    Or is that supposed to be "1,500,400,000", i.e., about a billion and a half? Or maybe 1,500 *times* 400,000, which would be 600,000,000?

    As for why people won't complain as much as about BP, it's not just that it's not in their own back yard, but also that it's not the evil colonialist capitalist US empire, but the peaceloving sharing and caring communists of China. Just like how the same oh-so-concerned citizens want to hobble our economy in the name of fighting global warming, by making us adhere to the Kyoto protocols... while ignoring that it places no restrictions at all on China, which pollutes far more than we do.

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