Globalism is touted as inevitable by the fee marketers, (not a misspell). Congress has passed free trade zones, eased tariffs, promoted offshore manufacturing, etc. We ship raw resources, timber, coal, iron ore, fish, etc overseas and import value-added products made from same back here. Since the oil companies have so much money with which to corrupt government it stands to reason that part of the incentive to push for global trade came from the oil lobby simply because of the humungous amount of oil it takes for trans-oceanic shipping. If you doubt this then tell me why every house in Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Southern California and all other sunny states isn't automatically built with solar panels, especially considering the growing water shortage throughout the southwest.? Oil companies have suppressed mass transit, electric cars, fuel efficient standards and have a symbiotic relationship with the US military which is the single largest consumer of oil and fuel in the world. Our taxpayer military is also used primarily to subdue foreign countries into allowing our oil giants and oil services industries to operate (i.e., steal natural resources) in regions not willing to give up control of their resources and their sovereignty.
Fuel consumption of container ships 300-350 metric tons for largest class (Emma Maersk) per day
There are 302.1 gallons of diesel in a metric ton
· Convert the transit time specified in the shipping contract into hours by multiplying the number of days by 24. Add any remaining hours to that result. For example, if the contract calls for a transit time of seven days, nine hours, multiply seven days by 24 hours (7 x 24 = 168) and add nine hours to the result (168 + 9 = 177) for a total transit time of 177 hours.
· Multiply the number of hours (in this case, 177) by the best fuel consumption of the vessel's engine. For example, if the ship's motor consumes 1,660 gallons of diesel fuel per hour, multiply the number of hours in transit by the hourly fuel consumption, thus: 177 x 1,660 = 293,820 gallons of fuel.
· Astronomical Fuel Costs needed to be added to offshore solar imports. These costs can only rise over time. With the cost of bunker fuel at $552 per ton, with fuel consumption at 217 tons per day, a single 28-day round trip voyage for this one vessel would produce a fuel bill of $3,353,952. This number could be greater for a number of reasons, such as if the voyage were more than 14 days.
That sum is one ship per one voyage. Multiply that times the global shipping trade and the mind boggles.
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