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End of tanker protection in the gulf

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Call me strange but why is the Royal Navy protecting oil tankers in der gulf?

I thought the idea was to leave the oil under the ground, not being refined into petrol (thence co2) or into plastic (which is choking the seas).

Admittedly some of the stuff is handy.

My idea is going back to old way, when a letter of marque were handed out to privateers. The new scheme is the privateers get paid for all the oil tankers turned back.

Eye patches, parrots, rum, sodomy and the lash optional.

not_morrison_rm, Aug 06 2019

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       // rum, sodomy and the lash //   

       Not when Cap'n Sturton's in command ...
8th of 7, Aug 06 2019
  

       At least not in that order.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 06 2019
  

       //the idea was to leave the oil under the ground//   

       Oh no, that's irresponsible. More than half of the oil that ends up in the ocean is natural, it's happening independent of human activity. The biosphere breaks crude oil down to a variety of interesting molecules on the way to either CO2 or CH4. No, the sensible thing to do is to get it out of the ground quickly and make sure that methane is minimized. Even better, make plastic out of it. Inert and practically immune to degradation, lock that carbon up. Better still, have small bits of plastic kill the odd fish, maybe 1g of plastic could take 1kg of fish carbon for long-term sea-bed storage.
bs0u0155, Aug 06 2019
  

       //the sensible thing to do is to get it out of the ground quickly//   

       Bun for anno. Never heard that argument.   

       //maybe 1g of plastic could take 1kg of fish carbon for long-term sea-bed storage//   

       Or if you used memory plastic, when you fry it up in more litres of oil you could get a surprise toy with your fish and chips.
bigsleep, Aug 07 2019
  

       ^admittedly, a very tiny toy.
wjt, Aug 07 2019
  

       // More than half of the oil that ends up in the ocean is natural, it's happening independent of human activity.//   

       To clarify that - you mean that not much oil leaks into the ocean during extraction, and the amount of plastic later making its way into the ocean isn't that much in terms of weight, right?
It is of course not the case that more oil naturally leaks into the ocean than is currently extracted per year.
  

       And moreover, the relative amount by weight doesn't necessarily relate to the damage caused to the ecosystem.
Loris, Aug 07 2019
  

       //more oil naturally leaks into the ocean than is currently extracted per year.//   

       In my amateurish understanding, of the total leakage of oil into the biosphere, natural leakage is the greatest component. I think the natural component is more likely to be underestimated, since there is at least some sea floor we're not looking at. Of those leaks there's probably leaks we wouldn't detect if we were looking at them, slow leaks into anaerobic zones with an equilibrium of degradation for example.
bs0u0155, Aug 07 2019
  

       So why aren't the envirofascists doing something about this ? It's disgusting the way they are prepared to just sit back and let natural processes pollute the marine environment.   

       And volcanoes ... nothing's being done. They spew billions of tonnes of CO2 and SO2 into the atmosphere (not to mention fluorine, radon, and silicate particles that cause lung damage) and the Green lobby just sit there and do nothing. Shameful, we call it.
8th of 7, Aug 07 2019
  

       //In my amateurish understanding, of the total leakage of oil into the biosphere, natural leakage is the greatest component.//   

       OK, but you're talking 'leakage', not 'extraction'.
It's widely known that we're extracting fossil oil far faster than it was generated. In the absence of any reason or claim that natural leakage has greatly increased in the current epoch, it follows that this natural leakage must be lower than human-mediated extraction, even if oil formation is something which continues at a constant rate.
  

       If natural leakage is low, and oil spills are also low, they're both kind of irrelevant when the main concern is the massive additional CO2 production by oil extraction and use of its derivatives.
Of course, by this metric, the best thing to do with unusable plastic is to store it out the way somewhere it won't decompose, like landfill, and those waste incineration centres are counterproductive.
Loris, Aug 07 2019
  

       //aren't the envirofascists doing something about this//   

       Busy with their main task of projecting inner neuroses?   

       //sit back and let natural processes pollute the marine environment.//   

       Exactly. Not just the marine environment, there's an article <link> on the worrying downward trend in freshwater Ca2+, apparently because we're not pumping the same levels of SO2 into the atmosphere anymore. Less acid rain, less dissolving of calcium carbonate. If only CO2 dissolved in rain as H2CO3 and reacted with calcium carbonate.
bs0u0155, Aug 07 2019
  
      
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