bargin’ in on Kauai: wot if the oil didn’t flow?

oil barge nuuana in hawaii

First thang to get lopped off when the oil supply turns south is gonna be the far end of the supply lines (via oil drum).

If this sounds like Kauai, perhaps you'd like to join our Peak Oil Task Force.

Oh, uh, we don't have one. Why not? You ask. Dunno.

I can tell ya this much: the other week, as we cruised through the rebuilt harbor area in Pt. Allen, Susan noticed this big boat-like thang with no superstructure at the dock, and wondered wot it was. When I pointed out that was our lifeline (in the form of an oil barge), she got angry. "Ya mean we're sitting here assuming that puppy's gonna keep coming?"

Mebbe it will, mebbe it won't. Yet, it's worth thinking about wot might happen if it doesn't. Here's why.

First off, gas for our cars was a $500M business in the islands back in 2002, and it's still going up.

Want more? Hawaii residents put 20 cents of every dollar they make into car-related spending, and 20% of that is for gas.

Last year, Kauai consumed 105,000 gallons of gas every day for highway use. That's 3,333 barrels. It's also 458 gallons for every resident and visitor, and this too is still going up (from 356 in 2000).

Kauai also used 34,000 gallons every day to refuel our airliners, and 65,000 gallons every day for our power plants.

That's a total of 69M gallons or (at 31.5 gallons per barrel) 2.3M barrels each year.

And that's 58 oil barges a year (at 40,000 barrels each), or just over 1 per week.

Hope that puppy stay comin' next week!

Published by Ken on October 6th, 2007 tagged Community Initiatives, Island Vulnerabilities

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