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Old 02-15-2012, 07:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My 2 worst were when I was driving from MI to CO, when I moved out here about a year ago. It was right after that huge blizzard last year and we were hoping it would go away before we had to drive, but I had to be to work on Monday (Feb 5th or so) in Denver. Leaving MI, within the first 10 minutes we had seen 3-4 cars just start spinning and go off the road. Once we got to Iowa and Nebraska, it was even worse. Certain areas the snow drifts had made the 2 lane highway only about 5 feet wide. You're going 60mph and its wide open, then you see basically a 5 foot wide door you need to fit through and you can't just slam on the brakes... Must have seen 30-40 cars in the ditches, in the median, crashed, etc. A few fatalities for sure as I had seen a flat bed semi on the side of the highway, and another semi had crashed into that back of the flat bed. The flat bed went directly through the windshield of the 2nd semi... Shit was pretty scary.

Second worst was a few months ago, first day of the season. We went to A-basin and took Loveland pass up - it was sunny. On the way home, it was also sunny until we got to the top when all of a sudden it went to 0% visibility. Complete white out with snow blowing sideways. I parked at the top for a minute but then thought... man I hope this doesn't get worse. My gf was freaking. I decided it would be best to just get down from the top so we started making our way down and I'm not exaggerating when I say you could only see 1 foot in front of your bumper. White knuckled and focusing completely on the yellow line in the middle of the road to make sure I wasn't about to swerve off the side of the cliff. Glad when we got to the bottom, especially as it was my gf's first time riding CO and her first time even driving to the mountains in winter.
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Nothing that epic...coming down from Kirkwood in total whiteout for 2 hours, I was following the GPS since all around the car was simply white. Blowing snowstorm all the way down 88. Not many cars to follow. Pretty scary, but the WRX made it. Good thing I know that road really well.
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Nothing that epic...coming down from Kirkwood in total whiteout for 2 hours, I was following the GPS since all around the car was simply white. Blowing snowstorm all the way down 88. Not many cars to follow. Pretty scary, but the WRX made it. Good thing I know that road really well.
Ugh, that pass right before you get to Kirkwood is the most frustrating thing ever. We once drove all the way there through dumping snow to have them close the pass like an hour before we got there. Had to drive all the way back...
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:14 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Just a routine day at the office pushing 105,500 pounds and 11,500 gallons of gasoline down the road in any condition...

That is cool.

11,500 gallons, how many gas stations is that?

How often are they refilled?
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:40 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Total recoverable and "proven" reserves, about 1,149,000,000,000 barrels.

At 85 million barrels a day, that leaves about 37 years left.
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Drove from Denver to Omaha right after x-mas about 7 years ago. The storm that put 3+ feet down in Denver turned into an ice storm as it moved onto the plains. We were waiting to get out and return to work, so we drove about 6-12 hours behind that storm and saw at least 100 cars in the ditch that day, including real-time events where we saw cars just randomly lose it and burst into snow drifts. Tried to stop as the conditions just got harrier, but because of the ice, towns across the region were super fucked with no power and all the locals were moving into town and took all the hotel rooms and basically monopolized all the services. The town we stopped in was covered in an inch of ice, never seen anything like it, looked like someone came by and just shellacked the whole place. The last 2 hours was driving in 8inches of slush.

Driving to the mountains and over passes in a snowstorm to ride is always hairy to me, and its just pretty common, but that 8 hour turned 15 was a pretty crazy drive.
I live in kansas and remember this ice storm. It was pretty crazy. It got so heavy on some trees they snapped in half. It did alot of damage where i live. Didnt drive in it though fuck that.
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Ugh, that pass right before you get to Kirkwood is the most frustrating thing ever. We once drove all the way there through dumping snow to have them close the pass like an hour before we got there. Had to drive all the way back...

The mighty "Carson Spur" Always check with CALTRANS when it snows hard. The Spur is very steep and it takes a while to clear.
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The entire load is for one station and most of these busier ones get a delivery every day. Most stations generally have a 12,000 to 20,000 underground tank for regular unleaded and 10,000 or 12,000 tanks for diesel and super. Most midgrade fuel is blended right at the dispenser pump. A big Costco for example though generally has 2 20,000 gallon regular unleaded tanks and gets 2 or 3 truck loads a day.

After driving fuel tankers for 18 years, I am actually fucking amazed that we actually have any oil left in the ground. It is staggering the amount we use....


In 2009, the global average use of petroleum was 84,213,480 barrels per day or 3,536,966,160 gallons per day! Want a figure to totally cause a brain meltdown?

1,290,992,648,400 gallons per year!

That`s a lot of fucking oil coming out of the ground. Like I said, I am actually surprised we have not already run out....

World Crude Consumption

Not to try to sound political here, this is just facts and figures and people may take form it whatever they wish:

Burning 1 gallon of petroleum produces 20 pounds of Carbon Dioxide so with those figures, we are pumping:

25,819,852,968,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. Like I said, not turning thins into a political discussion at all, just some interesting numbers that we almost never contemplate in our daily lives. Because of being in this industry, I tend to think more about it than I would ordinarily...

CO2 from petroleum
The sooner we run out the better.
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Total recoverable and "proven" reserves, about 1,149,000,000,000 barrels.

At 85 million barrels a day, that leaves about 37 years left.
Does that take into account the staggering rate at which China and India are increasing their oil usage?
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The entire load is for one station and most of these busier ones get a delivery every day. Most stations generally have a 12,000 to 20,000 underground tank for regular unleaded and 10,000 or 12,000 tanks for diesel and super. Most midgrade fuel is blended right at the dispenser pump. A big Costco for example though generally has 2 20,000 gallon regular unleaded tanks and gets 2 or 3 truck loads a day.

After driving fuel tankers for 18 years, I am actually fucking amazed that we actually have any oil left in the ground. It is staggering the amount we use....


In 2009, the global average use of petroleum was 84,213,480 barrels per day or 3,536,966,160 gallons per day! Want a figure to totally cause a brain meltdown?

1,290,992,648,400 gallons per year!

That`s a lot of fucking oil coming out of the ground. Like I said, I am actually surprised we have not already run out....

World Crude Consumption

Not to try to sound political here, this is just facts and figures and people may take form it whatever they wish:

Burning 1 gallon of petroleum produces 20 pounds of Carbon Dioxide so with those figures, we are pumping:

25,819,852,968,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. Like I said, not turning thins into a political discussion at all, just some interesting numbers that we almost never contemplate in our daily lives. Because of being in this industry, I tend to think more about it than I would ordinarily...

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Total recoverable and "proven" reserves, about 1,149,000,000,000 barrels.

At 85 million barrels a day, that leaves about 37 years left.
well, we are all pretty much fucked, i cant wait to see the complete disaster that unfolds when we reach the breaking point. its been an honor gentlemen, the world as we know it is going to have a complete and total shift during my lifetime and i am scared to see how that is going to pan out.
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