sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Bioiversity File

(Denmark Technical University Report) By sheer coincidence, Canadian researchers have discovered a reef of living cold-water corals in southern Greenland. The first-ever Greenlandic reef is located in southwest Greenland and was formed by cold-water corals with hard limestone skeletons. There are several species of coral in Greenland, but this is the first time that an actual reef has been found. And here all of the 'global warming' crowd has said that coral will all die off as the warm water coral cools off. (due to global warming - go figure, and whatever)

Greenland Coral
Normally, coral reefs are associated with the tropics, but they are also found in cold waters. While the tropical coral reefs depend on light to survive, cold-water coral reefs live in total darkness, at depths the sun's rays never penetrate. Nevertheless, they have many colourful residents and many different kinds of organisms living in them.

Coral reefs are built up of thousands of small coral animals that live in a large colony which forms a common limestone skeleton. While hot water corals obtain some of the energy they need to grow from the light-dependent green algae which live in the corals, cold water coral get all their nourishment from small animals, which they catch. Thus, they are not dependent on light and can live in very deep water.

If I'd found it, I would have gone straight to the Nobel Committee in the hopes of being awarded a peace prize so I could be recognized as being as progressive as Al Gore, Barack Obama and Yasser Arafat and the Obama mentor, Jimmy Carter. After finding coral is something. Obama didn't do anything and Gore lied about science. Yasser killed Jews for fun and profit and Carter - wasn't he frightened by a rabbit once?

Politics of Oil

The US needs a pipeline (the Keystone Pipeline) to transport oil from where it is drawn from the ground to where it needs to go to be refined or exported. Don't expect any help from USGOV anytime soon with that. Presently all oil shipped from North Dakota and Montana goes by rail. I smell a pay-off in all of this - but that's how it rolls in Chicago, isn't it?
(Bloomberg) The U.S. oil boom has put European refineries out of business and undercut West African crude suppliers. Now domestic drillers threaten to roil Asian markets and challenge producers in the Middle East and South America. 
Fifteen European refineries have closed in the past five years, with a 16th due to shut this year, the International Energy Agency said, as the U.S. went from depending on fuel from Europe to being a major exporter to the region. Nigeria, which used to send the equivalent of a dozen supertankers of crude a month to the U.S., now ships fewer than three, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. And cheap oil from the Rocky Mountains, where output has grown 31 percent since 2011, will soon allow West Coast companies to cut back on imports of pricier grades from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela that they process for customers in Asia, the world’s fastest-growing market.
“When historians write this story 10 or 20 years from now, they are going to look at a very different U.S.,” said Verleger, the former Treasury Department official. “Everything has changed.”