is a perfect introduction to one of the Obama era’s great conservative subcultures: the men and women who “roll coal.” For as little as $500, anyone with a diesel truck and a dream can install a smoke stack and the equipment that lets a driver “trick the engine” into needing more fuel. The result is a burst of black smoke that doubles as a political or cultural statement—a protest against the EPA, a ritual shaming of hybrid “rice burners,” and a stellar source of truck memes." [more inside]
"The secret, dirty cost of Obama's green power push"
The AP spent a year researching fuel ethanol from corn, and concludes that it's a bad idea: bad for the environment, bad for poor people, bad for everyone else. Not surprisingly, lobbyists for Big Corn have called it a hit piece and denounced it.
"Please help a dear friend, Sarah Kirsch, an important figure and driving force in the ’90s Bay Area punk scene and beyond. She continues to be an important part of our community, our culture, our music scene, and many of our lives.
Even if you don’t recognize this name, you probably know Sarah. She has been a huge part of the punk/radical community for decades as Mike Kirsch (Fuel,Sawhorse, Pinhead Gunpowder, John Henry West,Torches To Rome, Bread And Circuits, Please Inform The Captain This Is A Hijack, Baader Brains, Mothercountry Motherfuckers, etc.).
She not too long ago came out as a proud trans-woman, and almost immediately was confronted with these terrible health problems."
has died of Fanconi Anemia
. [more inside]
(yt) (nsfw) - a 1976 documentary about H.R. Giger with music by Joel Vandroogenbroeck of the Brainticket
A new world record for fuel efficiency has been set.
John and Helen Taylor drove a a 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE for 1,626.1 miles, averaging 84.1 miles per gallon, using hypermiling techniques. The EPA lists the vehicle at 31 mpg city and 43 highway.
Meanwhile, youtube user "Fidallyb" is upset
because the BlueMotion TDI Passat he rented while vacationing in Europe got over 78 mpg and yet isn't available in the United States.
Here are five more fuel efficient cars you can't buy in the United States. [more inside]
Something For Nothing.(1940)
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg discusses the perpetual motion device, celebrates America's inexhaustible supply of fossil fuels, and mocks hydroelectric power and other whacky inventions.
(A 1930s Jam Handy/GM production.)
- later known as Happy Giant, Jahre Viking
, and Knock Nevis - was the largest ship ever built
for today's general strike
, the Occupy Nigeria
movement, and growing frustration over government corruption in Nigeria.
, a privately held and highly secretive U.S. biotech company received a patent for a genetically adapted E. coli bacterium that feeds solely on carbon dioxide and excretes liquid hydrocarbons. Joule Unlimited
, co-founded by George Church
, appears ready to forever alter the way we produce fuel. [more inside]
Get the Energy Sector off the Dole
- Why ending all government subsidies for fuel production will lead to a cleaner energy future—and why Obama has a rare chance to make it happen.
Using photosynthesis to power hydrogen production Researchers have found that if they insert platinum nanoclusters into the photosynthetic machinery of bacteria, one acre could produce an amount of hydrogen equivalent to 79 gallons of gas per day. [more inside]
is the ultimate biological system using sunlight to capture and convert carbon dioxide into fuel... I came up with a notion to trick algae into pumping more [fuel] out." Craig Venter's Synthetic Genomics
partners with ExxonMobil in a $600M project
to harvest biofuels from genetically engineered algae. "We have modest goals
of replacing the whole petrochemical industry." [previously
] [more inside]
Today Boeing completed the first test flight
of a commercial jet-liner using a mix of conventional jet-fuel and a fuel created from algae and the african weed jatropha
. Boeing hopes that biofueled flights will be common in just three years
Gas Shortages Throughout the Southeast
More than a week after Hurricane Ike, there's little
much of the American Southeast. [more inside]
tracks your gas mileage over time, helping you save fuel and expenses as you drive.
Steam locomotives are dead, right? Awe-inspiring
though they might be, labor issues and diesel fuel at 4 cents a gallon killed them in the 1950's and 60's, and they survive only in isolated pockets around the world and on tourist railways. [more inside]
Genetically Modified Bacteria to make "Renewable Petroleum" (A biotech startup describes how it will coax petroleum-like fuels from engineered microbes within three to five years).
can make salt water burn
using radio waves. It is not yet practical for energy generation, more energy is consumed than produced, but increases in efficiency could make salt water a viable replacement for fossil fuel.
The Union of Concerned Scientists
(UCS) have launched an interesting campaign
to bring more fuel efficient vehicles
to our streets.
Fair Price Energy
. One persons idea for a free market solution to the fossil fuel problem.
Green by Necessity
: Armenia is blazing a trail in the move to cleaner fuels -- but not by choice.
Boundless energy or bad math? Randell Mills
thinks he has the solution to our energy problems. In his company's patented process
, "energy is released as the electrons of atomic hydrogen are induced to undergo transitions to lower energy levels producing plasma, light, and novel hydrogen compounds."
It also implies that quantum mechanics is wrong.
Petroleum Industry Christmas Wishlist
Conservative pundits are quick to point out that no "new refineries have been built since 1976
", and even quicker to blame "environmentalists". But the facts just don't support that. Refiners have chosen the environment that they do business in, and in some cases have willingly contributed to it. (Plenty of data here
.) Here's why:
- The government has allowed the industry to merge, consolidate, and restrict refining capacity, thus impacting pricing, supply, and demand.
- The quest for profits has caused the need to run extremely lean supplies (ie. no stockpiles of crude - it arrives when you need it, not before) and has resulted in susceptability to wild volatility in prices, but has allowed refiners to operate at very high efficiency but with no margin of excess capacity for temporary shortages, disasters, etc.
- Oil refiners trimmed back capacity after the Oil Crash of the early 1980s and have been unwilling to reinvest in new technologies unless environmental restrictions and local fuel cleanliness mandates are reduced.
As one would expect, Bush's solutions nicely match up with the wishlists of OPEC
and US refiners
, who in the past few decades have largely undone the breakup of Standard Oil (via
) via mergers and joint ventures. Representative Joe Barton
, (R-TX), Chairperson of the Energy and Commerce Committee
, incidentally up for reelection and well funded
, by "the industry
" through various Political Action Committees
, has released a draft of the predictably named (to be found here
when released) Gasoline for America's Security Act of 2005
(committee discusion and webcast are scheduled for 9/28 at 8 am.)
Given that new refineries are years away, there is still no solution for current prices or the (90%?) increase in prices since January of 2001
Can't beat a good protest,
and when Less Tax On Fuel
(catchy..) start then this definitely won't
be a good protest. It'll be about as much fun as their last one, although their Forum's
good for a laugh and will let you voice support when you're stuck at home cause the pumps have ran out as a result of their actions!
While everyone I know agrees that we pay too much for petrol here in the UK, blocking the roads and disrupting supplies isn't going to help. I don't know of anyone
who supports a return to the protests of 2000.
And besides, there are some motorways in the UK where they'll be lucky to reach 20mph at rush hour. They might even speed things up..
and gas rations, what will be next
? I bet you didn't know we gobble oil
like two-legged SUV's.
Gas prices too high? Try Europe.
$7 a gallon? That's what drivers in Amsterdam pay. But Europeans have long adapted to high prices.
Around the world on 8 litres of fuel?
I'd be more excited about this if the automotive industry hadn't been teasing us with cool, feature laden concept cars
for years, and then actually producing boring combustion engine sedans.
Shell Eco Marathon UK
is coming up in England (6-7 july). It is a race not for the swift, but for those who can drive immense distances in super-efficient vehicles. Two years ago, the current world record of 10,706 MPG
was set at one of these events. The lessons learned are useful in development in other fuel-efficient cars, such as the 100 MPG Honda Insight
. Interesting in these times of high oil prices, then, when considering that despite tactical driving
, normal petrol cars rarely get better than 45 MPG. Diesels are slightly better, as illustrated on BBC Top Gear
, where Clarkson drives an Audi A8 from London to Edinburgh and back on a single tank of diesel. That's 800 miles.
Gas Pump Hacker.
"CHICAGO -- In a bold and outrageous theft staged in broad daylight, a driver pumped about $900 worth of gasoline at a suburban gas station.
The man removed the panel of a pump in Country Club Hills and manipulated the mechanics of the pump so that it would continue to pump gas without registering inside the station...
Other cars then pulled up to the pump and, apparently, cut deals with the thief, who then filled up their tanks and took off..."
I know this has been on everyone's
mind, but I just read this
article today and was astounded at my lack of foresight.
Silly me, here I was worrying about global warming when what I need to be fretting about is the decrease in fuel's impact on the structure of international banking!
Will we run out of fossil fuel before it's too late
to save the environment
from pollution and greenhouse gasses? The abiotic nuts
think we've got plenty more.
Personally, I think we can kiss the marvel that is suburbia goodbye
and start contemplating the fact that the focus on the post-post industrial revolution will not be information, but rather agriculture
And since solar panels and windmills and the like are made of materials that are extracted, transported, and fashioned by using oil-powered machinery, my money's on the folks who're stockpiling uranium
for all those shiny new nuclear plants we're going to need.
So, do we have a plan? You bet we do!
Oh. Well, we'll just rely on the advancement of technology
to allow us to weasel out of it!
Me? I've actually always wanted a horse
Obsession: Mr. Singh’s Search for the Holy Grail
American visionaries, cranks and con men have long sought the simple key to boosting the efficiency of the gasoline engine. Now a barefoot tinkerer in India believes he has unlocked the door. Is he for real?
it was turkey parts
, then pig waste
and now straw
added to the camels
back. Thermochemical and biochemical conversion make use of natural processes such as enzymes, heat and pressure to create oil from garbage
so one day landfills may become the new domestic oil fields.
Ocean Power Technologies
is one of the leading Ocean Wave Power alternative energy companies. The technology is simple to understand
, easy to deploy and costs about the same as fossil fuel power 3 to 4 cents. OPT just signed a deal
for a 1M farm off the coast of Spain with a 100M farm by 2006, a major step forward for wave power generation.
The real reason we're going back to the Moon?
"Researchers and space enthusiasts see helium 3 as the perfect fuel source: extremely potent, nonpolluting, with virtually no radioactive by-product. Proponents claim it’s the fuel of the 21st century. The trouble is, hardly any of it is found on Earth. But there is plenty of it on the moon."
Energy Dept Asked to Probe Gasoline Price Rise
The power outage came and went. Prices for gas keep going up. Is it Iraq? We were to get more not less fuel from that country. Or is it a nation-wide scam? I know: paranoia. But then there is Enron as model. Your view?
$400 Dollars (yes, that's four hundred)
is the price per gallon of gas for our military. The cost of moving fuel to a war theater can boost its price to about $10 dollars per gallon. And if it has to be airlifted in, that price tag can reach $400 dollars a gallon or more. This story is the opening piece on this week's edition of Living on Earth on NPR. Read the transcript here
, or listen via MP3
or Real Player
More Jet Fuel means higher prices for gassing your cars-
The production of jet fuel
has gone up. From what I've read when refining oil
, you get a higher percentage of gasoline than jet fuel per barrel. Then why are the gasoline prices
going up, as we are producing extra gasoline compared to jet fuel.
What to do, bitch
Sure, we all know the story about how Detroit developed, and then kept under wraps, a 100mpg carburetor is false
. However, affordable 80mpg family sedans are
real: behold the Supercar
! They are the results of a nearly decade-long partnership between The Big Three
and the Clinton administration. However the program was quietly shelved last June, the victim of the Bush administration, and corporate backpedaling. Read the whole sordid tale here
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In the meantime, you'll have to settle for one of these
Is That an Ethanol SUV?
I recently found out that some of the most popular SUVs (Suburban, Yukon, Tahoe, Explorer) are already capable of running completely on Ethanol (E85)
. The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition
website has lists of cars and SUVs that already run on Ethanol. A handy map
of refueling locations is also available. It is surprising (and good) to see the large auto-makers tangibly supporting alternative fuels.
GM are looking to the future
with plans to get a fuel cell vehicle (dubbed AUTOnomy
) on the road by 2010, unlike past attempts where fuel cell powerplants were shoe-horned into conventional cars
GM are redesigning it from the ground up with a six inch flat chassis that contains the fuel cell and powertrain allowing them to plonk a variety of different bodies on top all the while cutting costs by being far simpler to produce than conventional cars.
VW introduces a car that gets around 235 miles per gallon (1 liter per 100km).
When should we expect Ford to release a commercial in which the newest heir to the auto dynasty relates how his father shot bears with Einstein and was told by him, in confidence, that he thought small cars were for whiny little babies?
BP made an incredible achievement.
I originally heard this on NPR and thought it was worth sharing.