Put your pipe where?

Somebody made the mistake of asking me what I thought about pipelines and oil the other day.   My answer? “People just like something to bitch about, more then half of those opposed to building pipelines to move oil have no idea what they are bitching about.”

Kinder-Morgan_photo-by-Mark-KlotzHow can you possibly come to the conclusion that pipelines are bad for the environment when the alternative is moving it by truck, train, and barge?  All of those other options burn diesel is mass quantities by the way.  Is that better for the environment?

Yes, the crew is going to come in and dig a trench, they are going to connect chunks of pipe, and then they are going to refill the trench.  Soon after, a reclamation team is going to come and ensure clean up is complete and plant some grass.  Then there will be no more pipeline to look at.

The new age of technology brings computer monitoring to the pipe as well, meaning if there is a break or failure, the sensors will close valves and try and mitigate the situation.  I will admit that similar systems have failed in the past, but every failure brings refined systems and policies. How many tanker trucks have hit the ditch spilling their load?

Today.  Right Now. This entire planet relies on oil, gas, coal, etc.  That is not going to GettyImages-930208830-810x445-1520890773change tomorrow, or possibly in your lifetime.  I do believe that the world needs to shift its focus to renewable energy.  I believe that is necessary to give our great grand kids a planetary fighting chance.  But not today, we are not ready yet and we have not made the right plans to achieve that any time soon.   The world leaders really should start making those long term plans…

Building the Keystone XL and Trans Mountain pipelines is essential to cleaning up the world and making this country a greener and cleaner place.   Simply put, as I said above, the pipeline will eliminate the need to truck it or run it by rail.


I don’t recall much bitching about the pipes that bring water or natural gas to the protesters houses, nor the pipe that removes sewage from it… weird… 

Video Games!

My kid has the game mastered, Factually, I regularly need to ask him for help. He knows all of the areas, all the weapons, all the villains, and where almost everything is hidden. He knows the game better than he knows the real world.

We had much discussion about the Nintendo switch before it was released last march, our household was felt great skepticism that the system would be any good. We recently upgraded the PlayStation with VR, and Microsoft had just come out with the Xbox one S. we honestly had trouble believing that Nintendo would put out a system that would compare with those advancements. We were wrong.

Zelda is a wicked game, a huge game. The world you explore is vast and transitions seamlessly. Shit is hidden everywhere!!

I have always liked the WWE video games. Although I stopped watching the events years ago, the games are always fun to play with other people. I have been playing them since the original PlayStation if I remember correctly. It took a while to find a copy, but I managed to grab WWE 2K18 for the switch today. Sadly it is subject to a big download that comes with most games these days.

The world is such a sensitive place these days… So I will likely get in trouble for saying this… but… I used to love playing the WWE games with my wife, before WWE put an end to Male VS. Female matches. She likes to kick my ass in the game, and I don’t think it is right she has to play a male character, especially when you can build your own. Either way she is still crazy good and I get an ass kicking.

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