What are your favorite literary texts about oil and oil capitalism? I'm looking for anything from traditional realism to noir to science fiction, from poetry to film to comic books to video games to philosophy and theory. Anything could work. Bonus points if the focus is on globalization and/or Peak Oil and resource scarcity. [more inside]
What is the most direct, but practical, way for an individual to invest in petroleum? [more inside]
My girlfriend's 97' chevy blazer sputters and looses power when under load (like going up a big hill), but once the oil is changed it runs fine. What is going on here??? [more inside]
How soon do I need an oil change after a very long highway trip? [more inside]
What natural disasters since the Cuban Revolution have affected both the United States and Cuba (i.e. hurricanes Dennis and Katrina)? Also, where would I find the best primary sources regarding either government's response to the disasters? [more inside]
I need quick stats and talking points to use IN FAVOR of banning drilling in state waters along the Florida Coast. [more inside]
Is the Titanium Dioxide in this, or any, gum a health concern?
Please help me understand the BP oil spill. I see the footage of the oil plume and wonder how wide it is when it reaches the surface. This question tells me why capping the pipe is not feasable. But what about creating a thermal column of warm(er) water to help "focus" the oil plume to a more concentrated area on the surface while the relief well is being drilled? Thanks for your explanations...
In this video, Kerry Kennedy states that the average lifespan of a Exxon Valdez cleanup worker is 51 years old and that almost all of those cleanup workers are dead today. Can anyone dig up a source for this statement... besides this video?
Why is it so impossible for BP to create a tightly sealed solution for the failed blow-out preventer in the Gulf of Mexico? Sure, there's the cap, but.. [more inside]
How can I create a fake oil spill? [more inside]
Who is the senator who was very vocal about getting access to the live feed of the BP oil spill in the Gulf?
Who is the senator who was very vocal about getting access to the live feed of the BP oil spill in the Gulf? [more inside]
Approximately how much of the productivity gains of the past 125 years has been a result of using fossil fuels? [more inside]
I don't have a political dog in this fight, but why, at this point, isn't President Obama sending the Navy to go down and stop the oil leak in the Gulf? certainly they could do it..right?
The Daily Show's "Moment of Zen" recently concluded with a clip from a 1951 Halliburton promotional film on oil.. I did a bit of searching, but no dice... Can anyone out there help me track this down?!
Any ammo for an argument with someone who doesn't think the BP oil spill is bad? [more inside]
What's new (in the last 40 years) in petroleum geology? [more inside]
I'm not a huge facebook user, but am freaked out by the sudden "People Who Want To Plug The Oil Spill With Sarah Palin" movement I'm seeing - amongst what I thought were people very much opposed to Sarah Palin.. [more inside]
What conservation or local groups are currently working on cleaning up the oil from the BP oil spill, especially in terms of wildlife? I'd like to donate as I'm not able to volunteer.
Many pictures of the oil spill show the booms washed up on shore, or filled with oil on the wrong side. An example of this. Why is the oil always on the wrong side of the boom? Are these booms really doing anything? Shouldn't the oil be gathering on the other side, ready to be skimmed and cleaned?
Wont the BP oil well run out of oil at some point? How long could it possibly keep spewing? Don't wells run dry? (Sorry if I am hopelessly naive. I've never thought about oil wells in my life before this.)
Is there a way to tell if I have already added the oil into the gas can for my two-stroke trimmer? [more inside]
The stock price of BP is at about $42/share. When the US Market opens after Memorial Day, the price will have surely fallen because of the company's failed "junk shot" and "top kill". [more inside]
The NYTimes has an article this morning about the next trick to stop BP's oil spill in the Gulf: the "junk shot" (basically stuff a bunch of junk in the pipes to clog it). Looking at the left half of this picture I'm wondering why they can't do that dynamite trick used in There will be blood (1:14 in the clip) ... just drill down a couple hundred meters to the pipe, send some explosives in and let the earth stop the leak. Anyone know why not?
How do you get work as an 'oil spill hand' ? How many general laborers were hired to clean up the shoreline after the Exxon Valdez disaster? What will the potential employment scenario be for oil spill hands (general labor) in the unfolding disaster in the Gulf. [more inside]
I want to take my Memorial Day weekend and use it to help with wildlife cleaning/rehabbing in the Gulf. Is this doable? [more inside]
WTF is growing out of the floor in my basement? It looks like glossy human hair and it is freaking me out.
WTF is growing out of the floor in my basement? It looks like glossy human hair and it is freaking me out. [more inside]
Can this mattress be saved from buttery goodness? [more inside]
If there is an attack on Iran – by Israel/USA/an alliance of some kind, doesn't matter for purposes of this question – and, presumably, the price of oil rises sharply, which kinds of shares will rise with it? Oil companies? Energy supply companies? Food retailers? None of these? General and specific recommendations or thoughts welcomed. I know you are not my financial adviser.
Is there anything I can do to remedy a whole lot of cooking oil (...a whole lot) being poured down the drain? [more inside]
Is Moroccan Hair Oil safe to use? Is pure Argan oil better, or will it make my hair smell like goat droppings? [more inside]
Just inherited some lovely, but dirty old bed linens. Need advice on how to restore them. [more inside]
What are the best Olive Oils that you always turn to? [more inside]
How do I get the hot kind of mustard oil? [more inside]
I'm having car trouble. I know about computers not cars. I feel stupid. Can you help? [more inside]
I want to do something similar to this London artist's idea...but when I think about it I quickly get mired in the logistics. Can you help me decide if I could do something like this that would be environmentally correct plus not cost me money personally? "Art bin" [more inside]
My car appears to be leaking oil..or some other fluid. Is it safe to drive until I can get to a mechanic? [more inside]
Dry skin and Avocado oil: My wife has excellent results with with an Avocado oil based product designed to prevent dry and flaking skin on her face during winter. We bought a tiny bottle of it at the cosmetic department of a department store that cost 55 euros. After reading the ingredient list it seems a bit of a ripoff... [more inside]
Me and my skin recently discovered that we both like body oil a lot more than lotion. The stuff I've seen so far when out shopping comes in very tiny jars and is a bit expensive for me. Any suggestions for body oil in bulk? [more inside]
How can I determine how much hot water my upstairs neighbors are using? [more inside]
How can I get 91 octane gas in an area that seems to sell only 87/89/93? What sort of damage might I have caused to a new vehicle by filling it with 87 for a little while? [more inside]
ScentFilter: I love the smell of Caress's Moroccan body wash. Help me find a similar scent in perfume form! [more inside]
Satellite photos: what interesting features can be seen or measured in them (or other aerial photos), and where can I get a supply of images? [more inside]
I am a 52 year old quadriplegic (C-4,C-5 incomplete) former oil and gas senior executive. Until recently, I've been able to both support my family and afford the post-Cobra health insurance premiums available through our Texas High Risk Pool. I'll will soon be overtaken by the myriad of expenses now beginning to snowball. [more inside]
Please help me understand the role of oil in the motivations for the 2003 Iraq invasion. [more inside]
What difference does it make to the United States economy whether oil is traded or denominated in the US dollar or in other currencies? [more inside]
My name is Daniel Plainview. I am driven and goal-oriented, and I endeavor to forge new possibilities in alternative energy.
In There Will Be Blood, Daniel Plainview delivers the line: "I have a competition in me." Could this be described as grammatically correct, strictly speaking? Or is it idiomatic, but not strictly correct? Is Plainview saying, essentially, "I have a [sense of] competition in me," a sentence that, were it to be spelled out as such, would lose its rhetorical punch? Could it be argued as a case of poetic metonymy or something of the kind? [more inside]
There seems to be a trend among older women, at least in Baltimore (mainly African-American ladies, but I have seen Hispanic and Caucasian women do this as well), of matting down hair with some sort of oil. The goal seems to be to get as much hair as possible as close to the scalp as possible. The bangs are then stuck to the forehead, and it looks like this is purely oil based. As I haven't yet had the kahones to ask one of these lovely ladies what's up with the hair, I was hoping someone knew: A. What sort of product is being applied to get this "just out of the oil bath" look? B. Is this an every morning thing, or do you apply just once a week? Once a month?
Assuming that I believe that the U.S. economy will not recover in the near future, what's a relatively simple way to make a bet that would profit from my belief?
Assuming that I believe that the U.S. economy will not recover in the near future, what's a relatively simple way to make a bet that would profit from my belief? [more inside]