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Unread postby sweetblago » Sun 24 Jul 2016, 08:58:29

Hi! I decided to try and be more active of forums, there's always more to be learned by actively participating in my opinion. So here I am! Not sure why, but I've always just been a lurker everywhere. I work in the transportation industry and I love spreading knowledge equally as I love learning new things!
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Unread postby sparky » Sun 24 Jul 2016, 11:48:55

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Hello sweetblago , welcome !
Blogging , to me is a great way of sharpening one's grammar and style , if not one's rhetoric :)
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Unread postby salinsky » Sun 24 Jul 2016, 14:07:14

sweetblago Please spread some knowledge here, we are a bit short of it.
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Unread postby AdamB » Sun 24 Jul 2016, 14:11:39

Welcome!! There is certainly much to learn in this world. Are you joining all sorts of forums to learn about all sorts of things, or do you have particular interest in the abundance of oil and hydrocarbon resources?
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Unread postby ROCKMAN » Sun 24 Jul 2016, 14:30:29

pstarr - "...oil-industry flacks...". That's oil-industry "shill" to you, mister. LOL.
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Unread postby Cog » Sun 24 Jul 2016, 17:05:17

When did you get out of prison?
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Unread postby salinsky » Sun 24 Jul 2016, 18:03:18

We can't be sure that sweetblago is Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but if it is him he may have an interesting viewpoint.
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Unread postby Lore » Sun 24 Jul 2016, 18:22:54

We can't be sure that Cog isn't really Mark Foley?
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Unread postby sweetblago » Mon 25 Jul 2016, 10:37:07

Wow great amount of response here, wasn't expecting it! Thanks all.

I am just trying to get more involved. Additional viewpoints in various areas always helps. My primary business involves helping companies convert their transportation from trucking to rail shipping, and a big a big motivator is the sustainability and environmental benefits it provides.
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Unread postby AdamB » Mon 25 Jul 2016, 11:19:37

sweetblago wrote:Wow great amount of response here, wasn't expecting it! Thanks all.

I am just trying to get more involved. Additional viewpoints in various areas always helps.


You are quite correct, additional viewpoints always help. Except under certain circumstances, those circumstances being that you have already made up your mind on some topic or another, and are just looking for more information with which to rationalize your position.

An example...lets say you are a doomer, someone who believes the human race is doomed. You have already decided this, and are just looking for an excuse to build a bunker, or architectural designs on how to build a bunker, or need to convince your significant other that you need to build a bunker. In this case you need do no investigating or thinking or seeking out new viewpoints, you just need the rationalization, or excuse, to begin building or explaining why you are building this bunker, to yourself, your friends, or your significant other.

In this case, you only need to know a few key phrases, EROEI, Hubbert, bell shaped curve, half is gone, and you'll have all the information you need to succeed in your quest.

But if you are here to LEARN, well, that is something else altogether. Then you have a substantial task before you.

But rest assured, in either case, you'll find folks on both sides of the equation. The main suggestion I would venture, in either case, is look for those who pull their conclusions from news articles, as opposed to scientific publications, bloggers rather than peer reviewed science, always check the previous claims of any given source, and then investigate the contrary position, and the qualifications of the people making those claims as well.

Approached as an intellectual exercise, and with even a basic understanding of math and the sciences and perhaps a dash of economics, you'll sort things out for yourself quick enough I imagine.

sweetblago wrote: My primary business involves helping companies convert their transportation from trucking to rail shipping, and a big a big motivator is the sustainability and environmental benefits it provides.


Another big motivator, possibly the biggest, is cost savings. Do you have any work that might help educate us regular posters on how you have calculated the actual cost savings of converting from trucking to rail? Or is the goal of your exercise to provide same/same costs, and sell the idea on sustainability (whatever that might mean in an inherently unsustainable system) and environmental benefits instead? Or does sustainability and environment benefit cost more, and you have a high hurdle indeed to sell to the companies you represent?
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Unread postby ennui2 » Mon 25 Jul 2016, 13:23:03

Don't listen to PStarr. He's already admitted he's just "here for the yuks". What he doesn't know is that the yuks are mostly on him.
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Unread postby sweetblago » Mon 25 Jul 2016, 18:26:18

sweetblago wrote:Another big motivator, possibly the biggest, is cost savings. Do you have any work that might help educate us regular posters on how you have calculated the actual cost savings of converting from trucking to rail? Or is the goal of your exercise to provide same/same costs, and sell the idea on sustainability (whatever that might mean in an inherently unsustainable system) and environmental benefits instead? Or does sustainability and environment benefit cost more, and you have a high hurdle indeed to sell to the companies you represent?


I have some things, let me do some digging and find a good piece of work. You are right about cost savings. That's definitely the biggest motivator. They are substantial in the right conditions. Any logistics provider that is trying to sell rail/intermodal services is going to talk about the cost benefits first, assuming they've figured that conditions are right for the shipper to be able to utilize the rails.

For example, shipping a container from Northern New Jersey to Los Angeles costs about 35-40 percent less when it's put on a train.

There are situations where a shipper may choose rail, even when the cost is the same or slightly more than trucking. But it is mostly related to capacity. With the truck driver shortage that we are facing, the railroads have more consistent capacity. It may be easier than searching for a truck and worrying that the freight may not make it off the dock today. The productivity gain, and better customer service they are able to provide to their customer may offset the cost.

Going back to the driver shortage, I almost find it comical whenever I think about it. Trucking companies now have two customers. Their shippers, and their drivers. It seems that many carriers are putting the same, if not more of their marketing efforts towards recruiting drivers.
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Unread postby Subjectivist » Mon 25 Jul 2016, 18:33:53

Welcome aboard, don't mind the bitter far left and right cheerleaders. After the election in November they will mostly tone it back down to resemble reality a little more.
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Unread postby Cog » Tue 26 Jul 2016, 00:18:41

Mostly being the key word here.
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Unread postby Subjectivist » Tue 26 Jul 2016, 17:12:47

Cog wrote:Mostly being the key word here.



Shh Cog, I am trying to not frighten the newbie away 8O :P :-D
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