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This may be a computer FORUM, but this THREAD is discussing natural resources

I understand that but there is no need to get into whether capitalism is bad or not.
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you live in Houston? most of your city's tax reveue is derived from all the O&G companies/service companies/tool companies/wireline/D&M/wellheads/etc....that's why its pretty well off..

solar tech has a few more decades before its economically fesible (read: efficient and cost/watt drops)...but this thread is about a neat supercomputer ,lets not turn it into a environmentalist-sit-in
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This may be a computer FORUM, but this THREAD is discussing natural resources

No it isn't. This thread is about how an industry is using COMPUTER MODELING to make the industry more efficient.
post #24 of 29
I'd rather that the super computer was working on ways to improve nuclear power, but whatever.

I would have liked to know more about how it is deciding if there is oil there or not. Where does it get its info? I mean if some one is still going out and doing surveys I don't see it saving much time over the field agents making the decision on the spot. There can't be that much data to process...I mean, I am sure there is a lot, but nothing that a couple people with PCs shouldn't be able to get though in a couple days. Either there are signs of oil and natural gas there...or not.
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Why the hell aren't we pushing for mass adoption of solar technology or wind technology or hydro technology. DITCH THE OIL ALREADY!!!

None of those will replace oil. Nuclear energy and better energy storage is the future.

Sustained fusion will truly be limitless clean energy
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None of those will replace oil. Nuclear energy and better energy storage is the future.

Sustained fusion will truly be limitless clean energy

The problem is we are no closer to controlled/confined/cold fusion now than we were in 1960.
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Well because the places that are suitable for hydro electric and wind power are not common. I have a hydroelectric dam in my town and I've seen massive farms of industrial wind turbines. They do generate a lot of power but we are finding that natural reserves are far more vast than anticipated. This is including oil basins in the cont 48, and they don't just remove oil, they neutralize the pressure by pumping in water to replace it. Otherwise you would have earthquakes since many oil fields are located on or near fault lines.
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These days you need 3 petaflop supercomputers to find oil. Back in the ol' days, you would just invade a third world country thumb.gif
     
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Because the oil industry has so much money they can buy (or influentially force out) anyone who isn't for big oil. They also use the same patent trolling techniques companies like Apple use to slow progress of alternative energy technologies development in years of legal red tape.

Nope. They would be the first ones interested in diversifying their portfolios with new energy sources. Patent trolling in this world doesn't exist unless you plan to make money off of it. The thing is that wind and solar energy aren't as efficient as oil is.
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