domingo, janeiro 07, 2007

Alberta Oil Sands

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Click to Enlarge / Click para AumentarOil Sands / Tar Sands ... "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet." That was Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet; and in the end it seems to me names had quite an impact ... didn't they both die? As for John Baird; he looks like a cowboy, talks like a cowboy, comes from cowboy country, hangs out with cowboys ... ? Calls himself the 'first consort of the first lady', being the Prime Minister's wife, Laureen Harper? Please pardon me if I reserve judgement (sort of ... but he does remind me of Robin Williams doing Pecos Bill - YEEE HAAA!).

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“This year, I'm going to clean up the environment.”
     John Baird, Canadian Environment Minister.

06/01/07, David Ebner, The greening of the oil sands, (Archive), Comments.

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“The potential is there for it to turn out right, but I haven't seen any serious policy.”
     Eric Lloyd, president of Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada.

But what Eric Lloyd might mean by 'right' is anybody's guess. Hob-nobbing with all those oil execs might influence it eh?

Click to Enlarge / Click para AumentarClick to Enlarge / Click para AumentarClick to Enlarge / Click para AumentarSome of the rest of the crew: Clive Mather, CEO of Shell Canada Ltd.; Marcel Coutu, chief executive officer of Canadian Oil Sands Trust, the largest owner of Syncrude Canada Ltd.; Robert Mansell, economist at the University of Calgary. The author, David Ebner; and Drew Zieglgansberger of EnCana; seem to have no pictures on the web.

For the record on Google and Picasa and that lot - it is still possible to post images using the Blogger interface, and it is even possible to size thumbnails more-or-less as you want them - but it is a LOT more work. When you tell the Blogger interface 'Small' it reduces anything larger than 200 pixels to 200 but if the image is less than 200 it leaves it alone - so with some jiggery-pokery you can get there ... eventually. Tricky though because sometimes it takes sooooo long for the HTML to show up - like 15 minutes - that you think maybe it has gone astray, and sometimes it has. A-and my pop-up picture window won't work with these for some reason. Devolution & Junk Software is what it is!

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