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Exxon does it again...

By jobeard
Apr 5, 2013
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  1. In the story posted on RT.COM, Mayflower, Arkansas apparently looks like a scene from "the walking dead".

    Oil has been spilled into the streets of Mayflower - - akin to the Alaska Valdez incident.

    The HuffingtonPost also has a video on the problem.
  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Guru Posts: 1,308   +479

    At ~$93 a barrel, I'd have put down the camera and started filling drums.
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,226   +232

  4. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,942   +899

    It has reached the lake. It is so ridiculous. This is the 2nd oil spill this month.
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,226   +232

    Maybe America will wake up & go electric or solar.
  6. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,942   +899

    Electric is garbage. I am an environmentally friendly guy, but Electric is not the way to go. I feel Hydrogen is the future. I didnt think this until a few days ago when I read an article about how Virginia Tech was able to create Hydrogen from any plant. I feel like by 2020 we will be able to harness Hydrogen efficiently and cheaply.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 13,407   +314

    However, remember the Hindenburg! The Stanley Steamer was feared for boiler explosions and that was trivial energy release compared to stored hydrogen.
  8. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Enthusiast Posts: 398   +35

    Until batteries can store at least 10x the amount of energy for their current size/weight electric cars are not a practical replacement for petrolium powered cars. I don't see that happening any time soon so I agree I think hydrogen is our closest replacement.

    As for the oil spill... this is crap, and Exxon is crap. My uncle was a commercial fisherman in Alaska during the Valdez incident and they were supposed to compensate those affected in the local area which didn't happen. I hope this company goes bankrupt and goes soon.
  9. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 636   +117

    I think we are on a path towards alternative fuels but at the moment it's not viable cost-wise even with the government subsidizing various efforts (which cause more problems than it solves, sometimes). Also the population density is a lot different here in the US than a lot of the world. Because of the way we developed we drive a lot longer distances. Also we have this bad habit of heating our entire houses and not just the rooms we use.
  10. stonarda

    stonarda TS Enthusiast Posts: 180   +17

    New batteries have been invented that are around 2000x more powerful than current day ones... here comes tha ge of electric cars! :)


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