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The oil in your oatmeal A lot of fossil fuel goes into our breakfast
SFGate.com ^ | Sunday, March 26, 2006 | Chad Heeter

Posted on 03/26/2006 9:37:59 AM PST by Nachum

Please join me for breakfast. It's time to fuel up again.

On the table in my small Berkeley apartment this morning is a healthy-looking little meal -- a bowl of imported McCann's Irish oatmeal topped with Cascadian Farms organic frozen raspberries, and a cup of Peet's Fair Trade Blend coffee. Like most of us, I prepare my breakfast at home, and the ingredients for this one probably cost me about $1.25. (If I went to a cafe in downtown Berkeley, I'd probably have to add $6 more, plus tip, for the same.)

My breakfast fuels me up with about 400 calories, and it satisfies me. So for just over a buck and half and an hour spent reading the morning paper in my own kitchen, I'm energized for the next few hours. But before I put spoon to cereal, what if I consider this bowl of oatmeal porridge (to which I've just added a little butter, milk and a shake of salt) from a different perspective. Say, a Saudi Arabian one.

Then what you'd be likely to see -- what's really there, just hidden from our view (not to say our taste buds) -- is about 4 ounces of crude oil. Throw in those luscious red raspberries and that cup of java (an additional 3 ounces of crude), and don't forget those modest additions of butter, milk and salt (1 more ounce), and you've got a tiny bit of the Middle East right here in my kitchen.

Now, let's drill a little deeper into this breakfast. Just where does this tiny gusher of oil actually come from? (We'll let this oil represent all fossil fuels in my breakfast, including natural gas and coal.)

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: breakfast; fossil; fuel; oatmeal; oil; walmart
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1 posted on 03/26/2006 9:38:06 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

I encourage everyone to click through and read this hilarious article.

Liberals hate themselves.


2 posted on 03/26/2006 9:44:15 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Nachum

More reasoning that organic is not all it's cracked up to be.


3 posted on 03/26/2006 9:44:49 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Nachum

Liberals--What doesn't kill them makes them whinier.


4 posted on 03/26/2006 9:46:50 AM PST by Crawdad (So the guy says to the doctor, "It hurts when I do this.")
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To: Nachum

I grow my own. What's wrong with Mr. Berkeley?

Can't shovel manure?

And they say that conservatives whine....


5 posted on 03/26/2006 9:47:18 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Dog Gone

Theres an Oatmeal Nazi too ?


6 posted on 03/26/2006 9:47:53 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Nachum

I burn more oil warming my car up in the morning.


7 posted on 03/26/2006 9:48:02 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Dog Gone

Man, to be a Liberal in this day and age. The main choice you have is to either kill yourself or whine constantly.

What a life.


8 posted on 03/26/2006 9:49:11 AM PST by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: Nachum
...imported McCann's Irish oatmeal topped with Cascadian Farms organic frozen raspberries, and a cup of Peet's Fair Trade Blend coffee.

Weenies. The Breakfast of Chumps.

9 posted on 03/26/2006 9:49:58 AM PST by rickmichaels
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To: Squantos

Maybe he should do the right thing and drink two quarts of Valvoline and get it over with.


10 posted on 03/26/2006 9:50:08 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Nachum

A corollary of Peak Easy Oil theory. Food prices are linked closely to oil prices.


11 posted on 03/26/2006 9:50:30 AM PST by RightWhale (pas de lieu, Rhone que nous)
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To: Dog Gone

Liberals do hate themselves, but this one has a point. I'm not sure he understands his own point, but here it is: the idea that by using solar power or wind power or "alternataive fuels" we can stop using fossil fuels is ludicrous. And even the most liberal of us is a hypocrite, because all those Berkeley-living, Prius-driving lefties burn a great deal of fossil fuel, too.


12 posted on 03/26/2006 9:50:40 AM PST by Fairview
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To: Dog Gone
So the next time we're at the grocer, do we now have to ask not only where and how a product was grown, but how far its manure was shipped?

We don’t, but you go right ahead.

13 posted on 03/26/2006 9:50:43 AM PST by dighton
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To: Nachum

Have a beer .. you'll feel better


14 posted on 03/26/2006 9:51:16 AM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: Nachum

Think of how many trees had to be killed so this tree-hugger's whiny article could get published? I think he should just kill himself right now before he harms our environment even further.


15 posted on 03/26/2006 9:51:23 AM PST by SamAdams76 (Need a tree census in Maine)
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To: Nachum

Hmmm... maybe we need a way to prioritize the use of scarce resources? What could help us figure that out... Couldn't be THE MARKET PRICE! Could it?


16 posted on 03/26/2006 9:51:37 AM PST by RKV ( He who has the guns, makes the rules.)
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To: Nachum
We're Doomed! Doomed I tell ya.......
LOL
17 posted on 03/26/2006 9:53:39 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Dog Gone

Yer close to solving his problem...Castor Oil at the very least to rid this constipated presstitute of his burden. He's full of it .......


18 posted on 03/26/2006 9:56:09 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Nachum

While whining about his energy consumption in this modest breakfast, this nut unintentionally makes a vital point--he shows how essential it is for civilization to have a stable, economically viable petroleum supply, indeed, that modern civilization depends on such a supply. Hence, if we have to fight one or more wars to maintain that supply, so be it.


19 posted on 03/26/2006 9:57:43 AM PST by libstripper
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To: Nachum
What happens when middle-class families in India or China decide they want their Irish oats for breakfast and topped by organic raspberries from Chile?

It's nice to see these liberal idiots finally figure out that their precious globalization translates into increased competition for scarce resources.

Maybe greed will straighten these libs out just like mortgages and taxes took them off the communes and made investment bankers out of them after the 1960's ended.

20 posted on 03/26/2006 9:59:09 AM PST by Dr.Syn
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To: Dog Gone

The author is adding the "oil" that is used in producing the electricity that runs your refrigerator. Well, I guess that lets me off the hook. I happen to know that my electricity comes from coal. I guess he would hold me personally responsible for strip mining some mountain in Kentucky.

So, what does Mr Green Jeans suggest? Are we to go back to using mules and oxen, to plow our fields and to thresh our grain?

Oh, and he fails to mention the oil used for his Irish oats probably came from outside the British Isles, NOT from the Middle East.


21 posted on 03/26/2006 9:59:34 AM PST by Darnright (Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.)
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To: Nachum

Throw in the cost of embedded taxes and the food is almost free, at least cheap enough that you wonder how anyone made a profit on it. But all did. The wonders of free enterprise.


22 posted on 03/26/2006 10:00:12 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done, needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Nachum
a bowl of imported McCann's Irish oatmeal

Well, I will give props for that. If you have ever seen the can, my great great grandfather is one of the signatories noted. He was Sec of Ag for Pa.

23 posted on 03/26/2006 10:03:22 AM PST by doodad
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To: Mo1

Making beer is a energy intensive industry.
You gotta have farms that grow the hops, barley etc.
The farms need tractors that burn diesel fuel.
Ingrediants have to be transported to the brewery with trains or trucks, also burn diesel.
Once the beer is ready it needs to be transported to retail outlets, by truck or rail, still need diesel.

Here's a link I bookmarked awhile back that will really open your eyes:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1476725/posts


24 posted on 03/26/2006 10:05:26 AM PST by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: Nachum
Chad Heeter grew up eating fossil fuels in Lee's Summit, Mo. He's a freelance writer, a documentary filmmaker and a former high school science teacher. Contact us at insight@sfchronicle.com

What a wonderful resume for a Leftist

25 posted on 03/26/2006 10:06:36 AM PST by digger48
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To: libstripper
that modern civilization depends on such a supply

Yup, let there be a severe disruption of the fuel supply and all hell will break loose. It is fun to link "wasting food" with "wasting oil" though.
26 posted on 03/26/2006 10:06:49 AM PST by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: Nachum
From the perspective of fossil-fuel consumption, I now look at my breakfast as a waste of precious resources.

Cool, Conservatism will continue to be ascendant because not only do many liberals fail to have replacement rates births but soon, hopefully, they will just stop eating.

27 posted on 03/26/2006 10:07:56 AM PST by A message
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To: Dog Gone
That cup of java: 2 ounces of crude oil.

You would at least think the bleeding heart liberals would forego that luxury to make a simple, personal, honest statement of commitment.

On the other hand, if you spend $6.00 + tip at the restaurant, you are absolved of all blame.
28 posted on 03/26/2006 10:08:34 AM PST by Sundog (cheers)
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To: Nachum
If Mr. Chad Heeder thinks he has it tough in his kitchen there in Beserkly, he should try (and maybe has) the weekly menu on Brokeback Mountain. The link to that gastronomic experience will point out the expenditure of a certain amount of petroleum product as well, but there will always be some who will point out the imperative for using certain products to achieve social objectives.

Enjoy! http://danvera.typepad.com/bloggo/2006/02/brokeback_menu.html
29 posted on 03/26/2006 10:09:49 AM PST by billhilly (The Democrat symbol is no longer the donkey, it's a strait Jacket.)
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To: A message
Bumper Sticker: Conserve Americas Resources. My kids need them.
30 posted on 03/26/2006 10:09:56 AM PST by Sundog (cheers)
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To: 76834

In that case .. make it worth it and have a case of beer instead ;0)


31 posted on 03/26/2006 10:10:57 AM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: billhilly

Damn Rude and Damn Funny. John Wayne would have shot the buggers.


32 posted on 03/26/2006 10:11:53 AM PST by Sundog (cheers)
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To: Mo1

LOL
We think alike.

Plan to consume a few while watching NASCAR today.

Also NASCAR consumes a LOT of fuel


33 posted on 03/26/2006 10:12:08 AM PST by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: 76834
Plan to consume a few while watching NASCAR today.

What driver just died? That was on the radio a second ago.
34 posted on 03/26/2006 10:12:59 AM PST by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: P-40

Indy Car Driver Paul Dana Dies During Practice
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1603475/posts


35 posted on 03/26/2006 10:13:53 AM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: P-40

Havnt heard.
Streaming the WABC Wilcow show.

If you find out let me know.


36 posted on 03/26/2006 10:14:00 AM PST by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: Nachum
I hate to break this figment of the imagination of Russian, Mikhailo Lomonosov, in 1757, but oil is not a fossil fuel.




37 posted on 03/26/2006 10:14:10 AM PST by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: Mo1

Thanks. That is sad.


38 posted on 03/26/2006 10:15:44 AM PST by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: Nachum

Must have breakfast at the same place I do.


39 posted on 03/26/2006 10:17:13 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: SamAdams76
Think of how many trees had to be killed so this tree-hugger's whiny article could get published? I think he should just kill himself right now before he harms our environment even further.

Or, more to the point, how much of our precious fossil fuels were consumed.

40 posted on 03/26/2006 10:21:49 AM PST by Vroomfondel
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To: Fairview
Liberals do hate themselves, but this one has a point. I'm not sure he understands his own point...

I got the impression he understands his own point, as did you. He also makes that point in both an enjoyable and easy to understand manner.  I have personally always understood this from a mile high perspective, but he brings the point home very succinctly.

I have always snickered deep inside when I see and hear the Hollywood crowd brag about driving their bio-diesel powered automobiles not realizing that it probably took more energy and belched more pollutants to build the damn thing than they are saving. I'm still waiting for one of these moralizing morons to spend the night in a hotel around 9,000 feet of altitude where their fuel will solidify on them.

These of course are the same people that buy and drink the following. Good grief it took a mountain of energy just to produce the $4,300 dollars at the U.S. Mint to buy this silly set.

Click to enlargepadJohnnie Walker Blue Scotch Anniversary Bottle

This cask strength Johnnie Walker Blue Label commemorates the 200th birthday of the man himself, and comes packaged in a contemporary baccarat decanter.

Color: A dark full gold with dense shades of amber.

No of whiskies: "In the neighborhood of 16."

Nose: Harmonious and perfectly balanced: hints of smokiness and a real depth of sherry character, with hints of raisins and toasted nuts.

Palate: Hugely flavorful with rich peatiness, deep smoke and traces of spice. Develops into intense flavors of oak, dark chocolate, and rich home-made Dundee Cake. Cardhu, Benrinnes, and other Speyside malts combine to provide the rich sherry and oak flavours. Royal Lochnagar from the tiny Highland distillery gives a rich sweetness with hints of freshness. Mature grains give oak and vanilla character while Caol Lla brings the deep, pungent spice and smoke.

Finish: Well balanced, long and intense, with hints of oak, Islay seaweed and vintage oaks.


  rws32337padRegular price: $4,374.98padSale price: $3,999.99pad

 

 

41 posted on 03/26/2006 10:23:34 AM PST by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: Nachum

I didn't see a firm promise anywhere that Chad would give up his oaties to save the planet. Lefties are such hypocrites.


42 posted on 03/26/2006 10:24:01 AM PST by AmericanChef
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To: Nachum


I'm a great environmentalist cause I don't eat breakfast. :)


43 posted on 03/26/2006 10:25:30 AM PST by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: Dog Gone; Nachum
I encourage everyone to click through and read this hilarious article.

I could barely get past the part where he dumps raspberries in his oatmeal! Hasn't he heard of Quacker Oats, Maxwell house, brown sugar and raisins? Philistine!

44 posted on 03/26/2006 10:27:24 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl ("Life is a box of chocolates. Eat them before they eat you ".---me.)
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To: Nachum
an average of more than 7 calories of fossil fuel is burned up for every calorie of energy we get from our food

Well I'm burning about 25,000-28,000 calories of fossil fuel a day. I promise to do my best to burn more.

45 posted on 03/26/2006 10:31:15 AM PST by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: TheSpottedOwl

This article made my day. Self-loathing liberals are standup comedy routines.

What makes it better is that we're not laughing with them. We're laughing AT them.


46 posted on 03/26/2006 10:37:24 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Crawdad
Liberals--What doesn't kill them makes them whinier.

that was such a beaut that it had to be repeated...
47 posted on 03/26/2006 10:40:37 AM PST by VOA
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To: P-40

Remember all the starving orphans in Africa. Eat your oat meal.


48 posted on 03/26/2006 10:45:49 AM PST by libstripper
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To: libstripper

Nope:

Drink beer and watch NASCAR.


49 posted on 03/26/2006 10:49:02 AM PST by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: Nachum

This is a stooopid article.


50 posted on 03/26/2006 10:53:25 AM PST by Cobra64
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