An Income Distribution Map That Enrages America’s Corrupt Elites


I found this fascinating graphic and article at The Atlantic magazine that shows the income distribution of counties in the 48 Contiguous United States. New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, cities all dedicated to stealing wealth from honest folks, have some of the highest concentrations of high earners. But look at the Bakken! The per capita income here is right up there with the usurers of Wall Street, the crooks of DC, and the degenerate freaks of Los Angeles. Imagine that.

I’m sure that rankles our “leaders,” and its an only a matter of time before they crush the prosperity of Western North Dakota.

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One Response to An Income Distribution Map That Enrages America’s Corrupt Elites

  1. Hello Sven!
    How are you? I heard it is very cold in N. Dakota! Winter in ND is from Russia with love) Is everything ok? I see you stopped writing to your blog…

    Excuse me, i was too busy with articles about bakken EROEI and after first article i had to write second article with some updates (finished it 3 days ago). That’s why i’m writing to you in the middle of january(

    Summarizing, we’ve got, of course, bad EROEI relative to conventional oil, but in absolute numbers it was good! EROEI of production and transporting was = 27, but without refining. The fact that is was good in absolute numbers means that bakken’s shale oil is suitable for using by humanity, minimum – bakken and eagle ford is suitable. For example, if it was below 2 or 1, it will be impossible to use oil for enegry purposes by humanity. But, there is some particulars – there are several methodologies of calculation EROEI. Using one methodology (using finance indicators) will result EROEI near 7-20, lot’s of this numbers are in internet. Other methodology (that we used) will result very high numbers for any oil and gas EROEI – it is calculated through enegry, that is used to produce materials (few numbers in internet).

    Our methodology was:
    We know via U.S. department of energy (EIA) how much diesel (“distillate fuel oil”) is used every year by industrial sector of N. Dakota. Watching its dynamics we can conclude how much diesel fuel was used just by oil industry. Data just for 1961-2011, so we take the number just in 2011 and finding out how much wells was drilled in 2011 (near 1000 wells) and, knowing typical bakken well curve, we can conclude how much oil they will product (260 million barrels for 1000 wells for 10 years).

    So, 260 million barrels (in energy equivalent) comes to numerator and diesel fuel in ND (near 5 million barrels) comes to denominator. Of course, it is needed to include energy to produce steel and cement in denomenator. Resulting:

    Distillate fuel oil in ND in 2011 in oil part of industrial sector: 35*10^15 joules
    Distillate fuel oil in ND in 2011 in oil part in transport sector: 10*10^15 joules
    Producing steel for 1000 wells: 5*10^15 joules
    Distillate fuel oil in ND in 2011 in commercial sector: 5*10^15 joules
    Steel for volumes for oil near wells у еtc: 2 *10^15 joules
    Cement for 100 wells: 2*10^15 joules
    Amortization of equipment: 2*10^15 joules

    also we need to add here some particulars (it was very difficult to explain this on russian, so I won’t do it in english):
    energy for production oil from wells after 2011 – 2*10^15 joules
    and energy for transporiting oil, that well be produced afte 2011 5*10^15 joules

    while in numerator is 260 million barrels – 1560*10^15 joules and associated gas (that was not burned but sold) 120*10^15 joules. So we got EROEI = 27.
    Of course, not everything is calculated in denominator, but we think that other energy expences will not have strong influence on denominator and EROEI.

    First our article (rus):
    Second article concerning updates (rus):

    With Best Regards,

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