Oil Storms

16.05.2006., utorak

Hip hip (H)ura-Gun

U najfriskijoj epizodi kako zaplasiti US populaciju i usput pripremit teren za jos slobodnije formiranje cijena goriva u trecem i cetvrtom kvartalu (neovisno o razvoju situacije u Iranu jer tu ce se cijene formirati kao da ih INA formira!) nastupaju meteorolozi prognozama sezone uragana (sluzbeno pocinje pocetkom lipnja i traje do kraja studenoga-barem je tako bilo do sada!).
Dakle, evo sto predvidjaju za pocetak sezone, a predvidjanja o udaru uragana na istocnu obalu cu ostavit za kasnije postove i kraj sezone (kad se dogodi, naravno, jer treba vidjet kako ce i koji ce broj upisat u 'oko', hehe)...

3 major hurricanes to hit US this year: AccuWeather

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three major hurricanes will strike the United States this year, with the storm-battered Gulf Coast most at risk in June and July, forecaster AccuWeather predicted Monday.
The outlook comes after a record-setting hurricane season in 2005 that devastated New Orleans and other coastal cities along the Gulf, and dealt a heavy blow to the U.S. oil industry that sent energy prices to record highs.

"The 2006 storm season will be a creeping threat," said AccuWeather Chief Forecaster Joe Bastardi. He projected that five hurricanes, three of them with winds over 110 miles per hour, would hit the U.S. coastline.
"Early in the season the Texas Gulf Coast faces the highest likelihood of a hurricane strike, possibly putting Gulf energy production in the line of fire," he said. "As early as July, and through much of the rest of the season, the highest level of risk shifts to the Carolinas."

At the tail-end of the season, the Northeast and southern Florida will be most at risk from storms, he said.

This year feature fewer named storms than last year's record of 28, but will still be a season of above-average storm frequency, AccuWeather said in the press release.
Last year, there were eight tropical storm landfalls in the U.S., including two separate strikes by Katrina as the storm crossed the Florida peninsula and then plowed into the central Gulf Coast in late August. Four of these were major hurricanes - with winds over 110 mph: Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Hurricane Katrina was the costliest storm on record, causing more than $80 billion in damage.


p.s. Dubya je danas predlozio rjesenje za problem imigranata...poslati novih 6000 gardista (ako ih uspije toliko regrutirati, a da nisu vec u Iraku) na granicu s Meksikom dok se ne obuce novi teksaski rendzeri...Cijena? Prava sitnica, oko 2 milijarde $ za 'two year package'...

p.p.s. Gadafi je novi najdrazi prijatelj, Chaveza je jako pogodila zabrana prodaje US oruzja, a Lukasenkovoj vladi je zabranjeno putovati u USA.
Putin je tek zapoceo svoju anti-US kampanju kao odgovor na pritiske neokonsa, jos uvijek ih drzi zajedno ljubav Dubye i njega, ali obzirom na najnoviju 'vucju' retoriku nismo daleko od 'bracnog savjetovalista'...



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08.05.2006., ponedjeljak

Engdahl u Hrvatskoj...

Za one koji misle ovaj tjedan ici slusati Engdahla evo kao uvertira njegov osvrt na aktualna zbivanja:

America's Geopolitical Nightmare and Eurasian Strategic Energy Arrangements
by F. William Engdahl/May 7, 2006/GlobalResearch.ca

Part I: The disintegration of the Bush Presidency

By drawing attention to Iraq and the obvious role oil plays in US policy today, the Bush-Cheney administration has done just that: They have drawn the world’s energy-deficit powers’ attention firmly to the strategic battle over energy and especially oil. This is already having consequences for the global economy in terms of $75 a barrel crude oil price levels. Now it is taking on the dimension of what one former US Defense Secretary rightly calls a ‘geopolitical nightmare’ for the United States.

The creation by Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld and company of a geopolitical nightmare, is also the backdrop to comprehend the dramatic political shift within the US establishment in the past six months, away from the Bush Presidency. Simply put: Bush/Cheney and their band of neo-conservative warhawks, with their special relationship to the capacities of Israel in Iraq and across the Mideast, were given a chance.

The chance was to deliver on the US strategic goal of control of petroleum resources globally, in order to ensure the US role as first among equals over the next decade and beyond. Not only have they failed to ‘deliver’ that goal of US strategic dominance. They have also threatened the very basis of continued US hegemony or as the Rumsfeld Pentagon likes to term it, ‘Full Spectrum Dominance.’ The move by Bolivian President Evo Morales, following meetings with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, to assert national control over oil and gas resources is only the latest demonstration of the decline in US power projection.
Read more...

Hoce li slijedeci 'pre-emtive war' biti onaj u Iranu? Ili u Latin Americi?
Po nacelu 'bicikle' i obzirom da dolaze US midterm izbori za parlamentarne zastupnike krajem ove godine, a republikanci gube i svoju bazu (doduse, kao da su oni drugi nesto bolji!), lako moguce da je potrebno nesto novo da 'galvanizira' naciju...
Juzni Irak je vec zapaljen (kao da se i gasio!), samo cekamo da optuze Iran za podrsku shiitima koji su navodno srusili britanski helikopter...
A ni boogey-man OBL se nije odavno oglasio, ocito nema nikog u Bijeloj kuci da mu slozi govor ovih dana, zaokupljeni su i internim obracunavanjima i prestrojavanjima...

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07.05.2006., nedjelja

Brazil se pridružio nuklearnom klubu

Kako javljaju svjetske agencije Brazil se pridružio elitnoj skupini zemalja sposobnih proizvesti obogaćeni uran. Nova centrifuga za obogaćivanje urana službeno je otvorena u brazilskom nuklearnom postrojenju Resende u državi Rio de Janeiro, a ono je uslijedilo nakon dugih pregovora s Međunarodnom agencijom za atomsku energiju (IAEA), javlja BBC.
Vlada Brazila smatra da se radi o najnaprednijoj tehnologiji obogaćivanja urana na svijetu. Brazilski znanstvenici tvrde da je njihova tehnologija bolja drugih nuklearnih sila i da će centrifuga u Resedeu biti 25 puta učinkovitija od onih u Francuskoj i Sjedinjenim Državama.
Brazil je zemlja s jednom od najvećih rezervi urana na svijetu, ali do sada se njegovo obogaćivanje obavljalo izvan zemlje europskom konzorciju. Uran će bogatiti samo za civilne svrhe jer nuklearno oružje ne žele. Brazilska vlada je objavila da će u roku od deset godina zemlja moći zadovoljiti sve unutarnje potrebe za nuklearnom energijom.
Ministar znanosti i tehnologije Sergio Rezende je rekao za brazilsku agenciju u subotu da će centar za obogaćivanje urana uštedjeti Brazilu milijune dolara koje sada troši za obgaćivanje u Urencu, europskom konzorciju za obogaćivanje.
Vojna upotreba nuklearne energije zabranjena je prema brazilskom ustavu, a zemlja je potpisala Sporazum o nuklearnoj neproliferaciji.
Nuklearna tvrtka Nuceares do Brasil tvrdi da će postrojenje moći obogatiti prirodni uran za pet posto, što je dovoljno za korištenje u civilne svrhe. Za izradu nuklearnih bojevih glava uran je potrebno obogatiti do iznosa od 95 posto, što Brazil neće i ne želi raditi, javlja agencija AP.


Sad stavimo ovo u kontekst Irana koji takodjer ima 'ustavom' zabranjenu upotrebu u vojne svrhe i takodjer je potpisao Sporazum o nuklearnoj neproliferaciji (za razliku od Indije i Pakistana!)...
Poseban naglasak na potrebu obogacivanja urana od 95%...

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06.05.2006., subota

Tragom vijesti...ili rugala se sova sjenici...

Dok se Flop bavi analizom Južnoameričkog Fidel-Hugo pakta i njihovih akcija po južnom kvadrantu, Dicky je neometan otputovao na istočnoeuropsku turneju, s posjetom lijepoj našoj hrvatska, naravno uz čudesne mjere osiguranja koje uključuju i Pokretni Černobil u Jadranu.
Evo što je rekao u svom 'nastupnom' govoru...

Cheney napao Rusiju
Američki potpredsjednik Dick Cheney okomio se na Moskvu. Optužio je Rusiju da nazaduje u demokraciji i zatražio da se prestane služiti opskrbom energentima kao sredstvom 'ucjenjivanja'.

"Rusija može birati ... Nitko od nas ne vjeruje da je sudbina Rusije da postane naš neprijatelj", rofl rekao je Cheney na summitu baltičkih i crnomorskih čelnika u Vilniusu u trenutku kad su odnosi Rusije i Sjedinjenih Država ionako već zahladnjeli.

Cheney je u Litvi na summitu zemalja Baltičkog i Crnog mora na kojem će se govoriti o dugoročnoj viziji politike NATO-a i EU-a na istoku. Na skupu će sudjelovati i visoki predstavnik EU za vanjsku i sigurnosnu politiku Javier Solana.

Prema riječima američkoga potpredsjednika, protivnici reforma u Rusiji "žele preokrenuti postignuća iz posljednjega desetljeća" i ograničavaju demokratska prava. Cheney upozorava ruskoga predsjednika Vladimira Putina da bi neki postupci službene Moskve mogli naštetiti odnosima s drugim zemljama.
"Nije legitimno naftom i plinom služiti se kao oruđem za ponižavanje ili ucjenjivanje, bilo manipuliranjem opskrbom ili pokušajem monopolizacije transporta", rekao je Cheney. lud


Dakle, 'najdraži gost' smatra da je monopolizacija transporta nelegitimna i ne mogu se ne složiti s čovjekom po tom pitanju.
Još kad bi se i njegovih 'sedam sestara' tako ponašale zadnjih desetljeća...

Engleske proširene verzije vijesti...
Moscow Times
Times
Washington Post


UPDATE: DAY 2 - Cheney Urges Energy Export Routes That Bypass Russia
A day after chastising Moscow for its use of oil and natural gas as "tools for intimidation and blackmail," Vice President Dick Cheney visited Kazakhstan today to promote export routes that bypass Russia and directly supply the West.
With his comments, Mr. Cheney waded into a messy geopolitical strle for energy and influence in the countries of the former Soviet Union, rapidly developing into one of the world's largest producing regions.
The United States backs efforts to weaken Russia's grip by building new export routes for the enormous energy reserves of Central Asia, much of which now must pass through Russian territory to reach ports in the Black Sea or pipelines to Europe.
Mr. Cheney's visit to Kazakhstan, on Russia's southern rim, highlighted the balancing of United States interests, trying to counter Russian dominance in energy matters in the region by cozying up to states like Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan that have spotty human rights records and limited democracy — and plenty of oil.
"The United States is trying to strike a difficult balance," said Tanya Kostello, an analyst at Eurasia Group, a New York risk consultancy. "It is trying to encourage the regime in Kazakhstan to move toward democracy while maintaining the economic ties."
The Kazakh president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, won a third, six-year term in December 2005, with 91 percent of the vote in an election that international observers said was flawed. Two opposition politicians have been murdered in six months, raising the specter of instability and infighting among the elite. Kazakhstan produced 1.2 million barrels of oil a day last year but is expected to pump 3 million barrels a day by 2015.
Today, Mr. Cheney convened privately with officials from the Kazakh government, ending the day with a dinner with Mr. Nazarbayev, according to American government officials.
In Russia, reaction to Mr. Cheney's Thursday speech was sharp. Kommersant, a major daily, called it "the beginning of a second cold war," this time in a strle over energy and competing spheres of influence.
In an echo of the 19th century Great Game scramble for colonial possessions in Central Asia, the United States is seeking to weaken Russia's control over oil and natural gas while also keeping China from stepping into the breach.
It is also encouraging export options that avoid Iran, another longstanding rival for regional influence. Read More...

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