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Vortex Tools shares a graphic of the oil rig developments rising up since 2011, then rapidly declining in early 2015.

Over the last six months, I’ve shared a few posts on the impact of low oil prices (see here, here, and here).  However, since a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s the steep drop in active rigs in a graph. Yet thanks to modern efficiency, you’ll notice oil production continues to climb:

active rigs v oil production

If a picture is worth a thousand words how much is an animation worth? Head over to Bloomberg to watch an animation of the US-wide oil rig count falling by over 45% from 1,595 rigs in October 2014 to 866 rigs in March 2015.

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Colin McKay Miller is the VP of Marketing for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home), industrial water purification (biofilm removal), and reduced water pumping costs.

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for coal, biosolids, sugar beets, dairy waste, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

 

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Christmas Global Warning

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Colin McKay Miller is the VP of Marketing for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home), industrial water purification (biofilm removal), and reduced water pumping costs.

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for biosolids, sugar beets, dairy waste, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

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Vortex Tools shares a cartoon on oil and gas profits vs. the taxes they have to pay. 

You know how there’s that mental image many people have of oil and gas executives rolling around on piles of easily made money? This cartoon came out a while ago, but it recently made the rounds again. Sadly, make the profit 2-4 cents lower per gallon and it’s more accurate:

oil tax pic

There are large funds coming into oil and gas, but as there are also large associated expenses, there isn’t that much left over compared to other industries.

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Colin McKay Miller is the VP of Marketing for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home), industrial water purification (biofilm removal), and reduced water pumping costs.

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for biosolids, sugar beets, dairy waste, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

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SpiroFlo shares a quote from Carl Sagan on the value of earth.

It’s Earth Day. That day that’s important enough to show up pre-marked on my calendar, but still gets enough flak for, a) 24 hours not being good enough for such an important issue (when something like Mike the Headless Chicken gets a two-day annual festival); and b) that even promoting Earth Day—using physical materials for advertisements, power and energy for online promotion—can be criticized for doing the very things environmentalists want us to scale back.

Personally, I think it’s too easy to be a cynic without considering the positive merits. All you need is one more gripe and you never need to build anything. You just tear down the work of others. So if nothing else, Earth Day reminds me of Earth-related things I’ve appreciated along the way, including this quote from Carl Sagan:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.joeylombardi.com/blog/sagan.jpg&imgrefurl=http://blog.joeylombardi.com/2011/02/look-again-at-this-dot.html&h=678&w=500&sz=138&tbnid=5u_myLIEyHl7WM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=66&zoom=1&usg=__pSc4TcA-hOvtH3fCLfjOILJXN4Y=&docid=TS--gVEv5VhG2M&itg=1&sa=X&ei=UYR1UdjxFMfUqAHFtYC4DQ&ved=0CDsQ9QEwAw&dur=297

And the next part that usually gets left off in our “meme it down for me” (and include a picture of a cat) internet culture:

“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

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Colin McKay Miller is the VP of Marketing for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home) and industrial water purification (biofilm removal).

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for biosolids, sugar beets, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

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SpiroFlo shares an infographic of the energy inefficiency of data centers.

We live in a wired world. It’s telecommunications everywhere, and that has to be backed up with contingencies and redundancies. As highlighted by the first half of the following infographic, all of that is a massive power drain—be it represented by a growing toaster army or meaningful location visual. The second half of this infographic—on how to make data centers greener—is more iffy, as solar and wind energy potential is often based on what people would like it to be (without problems, of course) rather that what it actually would be.

In the same way that the cell phone that fits in kids’ pockets today is more powerful that the computers that filled up rooms decades ago, there’s a lot of energy to conserve in this area:

data-center-energy-use-760

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Colin McKay Miller is the VP of Marketing for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home) and industrial water purification (biofilm removal).

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for biosolids, sugar beets, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

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SpiroFlo shares a British infographic on business electricity costs and ramifications.

For all that’s legitimate in this infographic, I have to pick on one statement: “Enough sunlight falls on the earth in one hour to power the entire world for a year!”

This is possible… if we could actually develop a solar panel that could capture, store and use that much energy. We’d also have to cover the whole earth in this amazing, not-yet-invented solar panel. This means no more oceans, no more landscapes. As for the Egyptian pyramids? Cover them with solar panels. The Statue of Liberty? Solar panel her (and replace that flame while you’re at it). The Great Wall of China, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Roman Coliseum? Panels, panels, panels!

While we’re at it, we might as well cover ourselves in full body solar panel outfits. If nothing else, we’ll be one step closer to looking like a Tron movie. In the meantime, it’s a good reminder of why solar could be so big:

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Colin McKay Miller is the VP of Marketing for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home) and industrial water purification (biofilm removal).

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for biosolids, sugar beets, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

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SpiroFlo shares an infographic on how wind power is harvested.

For those who are curious, here’s how you turn wind power into energy generation (it’s pro-wind power info, but it gives the basic gist of things):


A full PDF version is available here.

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Colin McKay Miller is the Marketing Manager for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home) and industrial water purification (biofilm removal).

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for biosolids, sugar beets, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

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SpiroFlo gives a preview of the dark, satirical humor of Pawel Kuczynski.

More here.

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Colin McKay Miller is the Marketing Manager for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home) and industrial water purification (biofilm removal).

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for biosolids, sugar beets, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

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Ecotech Systems shares an infographic from the Blood:Water Mission.

Although SpiroFlo has covered the Blood:Water Mission before (and their goal to provide clean water, sanitation and clean blood to sub-Saharan Africa), they recently featured an infographic on how the lack of sanitation affects those around the world. For all the complaints about biosolids, many have it far, far worse:

http://www.onlinenursingprograms.com/lack-of-sanitation/

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Colin McKay Miller is the Marketing Manager for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home) and industrial water purification (biofilm removal).

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for biosolids, sugar beets, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

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SpiroFlo looks at a video on bottled water from the Story of Stuff Project (providing information “about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff”).

This video starts off obnoxiously heavy-handed, but it’s amusing and informative, especially on the notion of manufactured demand for bottled water. Try not to get distracted by Annie Leonard‘s nonstop hands:

 

Thoughts:

  1. Although I’ve mentioned how 80-90% of bottles from bottled water are thrown away (since they actually shouldn’t be reused), the point about the mountains of water bottles in India is quite damning.
  2. Can’t say I’ve ever been “seduced” by a mountain stream, but I get what she’s saying about bottled water ads pretending that bottled water has flowed down like liquid manna from God. (I once met a successful advertising executive who said the key to marketing is to make people feel dissatisfied.) The bogus statements from Nestle and PepsiCo don’t help. That said, I still don’t see people spitting out bottled water like the cartoon characters do.
  3. Investing in public infrastructure is an interesting thought, but many recognize how bloated their spending is, too.
  4. And then, of course, since environmentalists often can’t make a fair point with any form of subtlety, this gem comes out towards the end:  “Carrying bottled water is on its way to being as cool as smoking while pregnant.”

Ugh. Sometimes there’s a reason why it’s only the choir you’re preaching to.

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Colin McKay Miller is the Marketing Manager for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home) and industrial water purification (biofilm removal).

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for biosolids, sugar beets, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

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