Monday, July 27, 2015

John Brackett, the engineer who shows you how to hack your car's computer in the movie PUMP, has created an interesting web site loaded with great information. Check it out: Fuelverine.

On the web site, Brackett writes:
I created this site to give you a choice, because your government and the car manufacturers keep pretending you don’t have one. With the latest EPA regulations, $5,000-15,000 per vehicle is added just in emissions control systems to keep that dirty gasoline from polluting our atmosphere. With alternative fuels, most of these components wouldn’t be needed. There are half a dozen other fuel choices that could be made locally, burn cleaner, create local jobs, improve infrastructure and provide true energy independence. But why are we not allowed to use them? Is it a chicken vs the egg problem? Yes. Is it a technical problem? Not in the slightest. Is this your problem even if you don’t have a car? Yes. Everything in our economy is tied to the cost of oil and transportation, which is controlled by a monopoly, lobbyists, and your government. Do you realize every taxpayer spends $5,700 per year in subsidies for the oil companies… who are making record profits while our country goes more in debt. In whose interest is it that we don’t have fuel choice?

Everything on a car will break, and if it doesn’t, the bolt next to it will. Then you have to heat, cut, grind, lather, repeat. It’s an endless cycle and if you don’t do your own car work, will usually cost you a grand per visit for what used to be simple tasks. This story is only going to get worse over the upcoming years. So much so, that I don’t believe people will be able to afford a vehicle at current trends, especially when gas goes back to $5/gallon, which it will.

So who am I to tell you what to do? My education is in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration on Automotive Engineering. With the guidance of some brilliant minds, I’ve been able to run engines on a dozen fuels cleanly and reliably. Now it’s your turn to learn what you can do to enable your own fuel choice and start demanding a change.

Check it out: Fuelverine.


Keep Gas Cheap

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Jeffrey J. Mathews has created a new web site and video that can help you create real fuel competition, starting with your own car. Sales from the video will help fund a documentary about fuel competition in America. Check out the web site here:


You can keep in touch with the project by subscribing here. On the web site's informative about page, it says:

There is no question that imported oil has drained trillions of dollars out of our economy for the past 40+ years. We can become 100% energy independent just like the nation of Brazil is today. Every U.S. President since Nixon has stated that we need to become energy independent but absolutely nothing has been done in over four decades. The U.S. government is not going to take any initiative to solve the problem. The oil companies are not going to solve the problem because half of Big Oil’s enormous profits come from imported oil. It will be up to “We the People” to solve this problem for ourselves. That is why it is my desire to gain public support for an open fuel standard, one that mandates multiple fuels be available to Americans so that we will never need to import oil ever again.

Several years ago I decided that I would one day drive across the country, from coast to coast, using only domestically produced ethyl alcohol as my fuel of choice and that this event would be recorded as a documentary film for all the world to see.

I have prepared an informative 20-minute video just for you, called Fuel Competition (watch the trailer here). The purpose of Fuel Competition is two-fold:

1) To demonstrate by my own example how you can get completely off of imported oil and how to find fuel in your community that is domestically sourced. (Hint: you won’t find any available from the franchisees of the big name-brand oil companies.)

2) I must earn the money I will need for the cross-country, full-feature documentary film. According to Kevin Knoblock, it is going to cost me a minimum of $300,000 to produce this film.

Even though it cost me thousands of dollars to produce, I have priced my Fuel Competition film at $1.29 so that every person, regardless of income status, can afford to buy it. Fuel Competition is a short film that you need to see because I provide valuable information that you can use to empower yourself to eliminate your use of imported oil and save you money every time you fill your tank.


Ethanol Chronicles — An Almost Daily Blog

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The oil industry has been holding its fuel monopoly in place through various means, including funding a successful disinformation campaign for decades. The folks at The Auto Channel are helping to educate people about gasoline's primary competitor, ethanol. They've started The Ethanol Chronicles. They welcome everyone to jump into the discussion.

In the description of the Chronicles, Marc J. Rauch, Vice President and co-publisher of The Auto Channel writes, "On a fairly regular basis, Bob Gordon and I answer questions and respond to comments that are either emailed to us or that we find on other outlets. The following (which you can read here) are some of the best of the banter sessions. Should you get to the point where you'd just like to peruse one single long document that can answer nearly all the questions CLICK HERE."

It is fairly common these days for people to accuse those who don't agree with them of "disinformation." But the oil industry's is real and longstanding, not just about ethanol, but about anything that might cut into their profits. Read more about it here:

The Oil Industry's Campaign to Discredit Ethanol

Big Oil's Big Stall On Ethanol

Big Oil's War on Ethanol

Big Oil Uses "Ethanol Excuse"

Oil Industry and Food and Farm Groups Sue EPA Over Increase in Ethanol Blend

Oil Companies Push Back on Ethanol

What Oil Industry Did When David Blume Recommended Ethanol

Big Oil vs. Ethanol

Oil industry launches new offensive against ethanol mandate

Work of prominent climate change denier was funded by oil industry

Exxon knew of climate change in 1981 – but it funded deniers for 27 more years

Oil company funds dozens of front groups and researchers trying to discredit links between fossil fuels and climate change – or denying climate change was occurring at all

U.S. Taxpayers Subsidizing World's Biggest Oil Companies, Granted by Politicians Who Received Significant Campaign Contributions


Processing Oil Uses a Tremendous Amount of Fresh Water

Monday, July 6, 2015

"What do almonds, golf, fracking, and Kim Kardashian's lawn have in common?" asks Julia Lurie. "They've all been publicly shamed for their outsized water use during California's ongoing drought.

"But you likely haven't heard as much about one of the state's major water sucks: oil refineries, which are estimated to be the second-biggest water user of non-ag businesses in the state (after golf).

"The plants process more than 80 million gallons of oil per day, turning it into products like gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each gallon of oil takes between 1 and 2.5 gallons of water to refine, most of which is either dumped into the ocean after it's used and treated, or evaporated as steam. Once in the ocean, the water is unusable unless it's desalinated."

Read the rest of her article here: Yet Another Way That Oil Is Screwing The Environment.


Taking Ethanol Out of Gasoline CREATES Fuel Problems

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The following is republished from the Urban Air Initiative. See the original here.

One of the great misconceptions following ethanol is that it causes compatibility issues in certain engines. But new data shows that the opposite is true, and ethanol-free gasoline blends actually increase much of the wear and tear on hoses, seals, and fuel tanks.

This is the finding of new research released today by ICM, Inc. and the Urban Air Initiative (UAI). The findings were presented at the semi-annual meeting of ASTM, an international standards organization that develops and publishes technical standards. Steve VanderGriend of ICM and technical director for UAI presented data showing how the high aromatic content of gasoline, particularly toxic aromatics like benzene and toluene negatively impacts engine parts. The toxic aromatics create a significant increase in the escape of harmful emissions that can have a devastating impact on public health given that these aromatic compounds are known and suspected carcinogens.

“What we are seeing is that benzene and toluene are increasing permeation, which means increasing the amount of fuel vapors that seep from a vehicle. For anyone who has a garage at home and smells gasoline, vapors are escaping through the vehicles fuel system or small engine gas tank”, said Mr. VanderGriend.

Ethanol is often blamed for increasing evaporative emissions. However, the ICM and Urban Air Initiative research clearly shows increased aromatics cause a greater degradation on hoses, plastics, and other components which creates an escape route for gasoline vapors to permeate into the air.

In his presentation at ASTM, VanderGriend explained the extensive testing done on fuel lines, gas containers, and plastic components. These materials were each soaked in straight gasoline (E0) and a 10% ethanol blend (E10) for extended periods of time. In every case the ethanol free gasoline increased the damage to fuel lines, gas containers, and plastic components, while the materials soaked in E10 were impacted less.

To better visualize the damaging effects of straight gasoline, click here to watch a time lapse video involving a simple Styrofoam cup. The E10 blend contained 20% aromatics and had a slower impact on the cup. The E0 blend, with 26% aromatics, instantly destroyed the cup. While not as scientific as soak testing, the results are similar.

“The notion that somehow ethanol free gasoline is superior product could not be further from the truth”, said Mr. VanderGriend. “In our home town of Wichita, the average E0 has 46% more benzene and toluene by volume than the same 87 octane blend with ethanol. The fuel costs more and presents a mechanical and health risk that is incorrectly being attributed to ethanol”.

He went on to explain that ethanol, with the highest octane value of any fuel additive on the market today, could not only continue to replace aromatics like benzene and toluene in today’s gasoline but it will be critical as future vehicle designs will require higher octane to meet mileage and emission standards.

Mr. VanderGriend called on the ASTM to establish a task force to define maximum levels of aromatics in gasoline and to establish standards for the use of toluene as a blend component. ASTM agreed to begin a task force to begin monitoring aromatic levels in gasoline.

For more information on the work of the Urban Air Initiative, visit www.urbanairinitiative.com and www.fixourfuel.com.


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