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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

MANIC FRACKER

MADNESS

Quote by analyst Dave Pursel of oil and gas investment bank Tudor, Pickering & Holt:

"You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth! We live in a world that needs clean natural gas, and gas wells have to be frac’d by men with rigs and pumps. Who’s gonna do it? Microsoft? Apple? The energy industry has greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for your i-phone app, and you curse the frac crews. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know. That fossil energy fuels economic growth. And the existence of frac’ing, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, powers our economy. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about on Facebook, you want them on that frac, you need them on that frac. We use words like pressure, proppant, conductivity. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent producing gas. You use them as a punchline. We have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to someone who takes a hot shower every morning using the natural gas that we provide, and then questions the manner in which we provide it. We would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, we suggest you pick up a pipe wrench, and meet us on location. We have wells to frac!"

Wonder if he eats breakfast 300 yards from gas rigs and compressor stations?
Fitting that he would paraphrase a supreme egotist like Colonel Jessup.
It appears that idiotic and sociopathic are requirements for employment in the industry.

Pursel was quoted in a wrong-headed article in Forbes by Christopher Helman who thinks the industry is a reliable source of information on the environmental effects of gas drilling.
Article HERE
I wish all these guys could be made to spend a week with their families in Dish. No gas masks allowed.

2 comments:

  1. That quote is the best example of the current paradigm I have read.

    To these folks anything which challenges the fossil fuel industry is a challenge to their very existence. . . . since they are allied umbilically with fossil fuels anything which challenges ff acquisition and use they perceive as a threat both on an atavistic and an ego level.

    The idea that there will be a future when renewable energy has replaced fossil fuels is not part of their operative paradigm....it is foreign to their thinking, and like all things foreign to xenophobes it is a source principally of fear.

    It is that fear, coupled with greed, which creates the blinders they wear to changing to alternate energy.


    But the paradigm, like all things continental, is already beginning to shift.

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  2. the man's right though

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