In the last episode Dredd Blog mentioned a twisty little factor of the Oilah Akbar religion that inspires the flow of civilization's drug of choice:
"Remember first that the top producer is necessarily the one bringing the most out of the ground, but not necessarily the one with the most in the ground"(Iraq: World's Number One Oil Producer? - 3). Thus, it is not impossible for a nation with the second-most or third-most quantity in the ground to be the first-place holder when it comes to taking it out of the ground.
That is simply a matter of pump speed.
Now that Chernobyl II is underway in Japan, the Japan disaster can be used to make oil "look good" again, as blogger disaffected said a day or so ago.
It is not entirely unreasonable to expect the oil drug peddlers to begin to start harping about the need for more "safe oil" and "clean coal".
Iraq oil is under MOMCOM control, so look for the time in the near future when the pumps are turned on full bore there.
A quote from a nuclear expert concerning unfolding events in Japan lends credence to the likelihood that nuclear addiction can be fatal:
A U.S. nuclear expert said he feared the worst.(Towel Glows In The Dark). China has been persuaded to re-think the nuclear addiction:
"It's more of a surrender," said David Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer who now heads the nuclear safety program for the Union of Concerned Scientists, an activist group. "It's not like you wait 10 days and the radiation goes away. In that 10 days things are going to get worse."
"It's basically a sign that there's nothing left to do but throw in the towel," Lochbaum said.
China has become the latest nation to re-think its nuclear plans following the situation in Japan. The State Council in Beijing announced tonight that it will suspend approval of new nuclear projects until new safety rules are introduced, the Wall Street Journal reports.(Guardian). So now will we see drill baby drill on steroids to prove that the oil addiction is also terminal?
The next post in this series is here.