Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Natural Gas for Cars

KGO Newstalk 810 San Francisco

Natural Gas for Cars: An all win, no
lose, initiative that will please the country and stop the blackmail from
foreign oil suppliers

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To:  President Barack Obama 

Subject: Easy way for you to drop gas prices to $2 a gallon for
American workers. Otherwise, they will soon be paying for $5 gas --- and
blaming your administration.

Mr. President:

Here is an
all-win, no-lose, plan that will please the country and stop the blackmail from
foreign oil suppliers. The outrage of $5 gas is coming soon - probably next
year. It will wipe out the recovery and your administration in the next
election. It must be stopped. Challenge the foreign oil suppliers with America’s most
abundant and cleanest transportation fuel, NATURAL GAS. We can still use all
the ethanol our farmers can make in dual-fuel cars. Conversion to natural gas
cars sounds like a long and expensive transition. Not at all! You don’t need to
force anyone. All you need to do is start the ball rolling. And there is a
clever way to do that without any government subsidy, believe it or not!
Nationally known and syndicated financial expert Bob Brinker came up with the
deceptively simple, genius idea described below.

Mr. President, please sign a simple executive order
tomorrow that says that all federal vehicles purchased after, say, January 1,
2012, must run on NATURAL GAS as well as other fuels such as gasoline, diesel,
or ethanol. Such dual-fuel vehicles are already being used by smart companies
all over the country. No new design or technology is needed. (Federal agencies
can opt out for a while if they have no easy natural gas supply.)

Why does this
work? The federal government is the biggest purchaser of new vehicles. The
automakers already supply tens of thousands of cars that run on natural gas or
gasoline (or ethanol) for utility companies and taxis companies all over the
country who gladly pay a higher price for these dual-fuel vehicles because
their fuel costs are reduced.
With the
enormous federal government market for natural gas vehicles, car manufacturers
will quickly make natural gas cars and light trucks available to everyone at no
big price increase over conventional gasoline cars.
Natural gas is
available in almost all urban areas where most of the commuting is done. It is
easy to fuel natural gas cars at home. But this initiative does not force any
private citizen to buy natural gas/dual-fuel cars.

1. Natural gas
is the only significant "alternative transportation fuel" that is
certain to be available over the ten to twenty years. And it is available
everywhere, right now!

2. Dual-fuel
natural gas+gasoline(or ethanol) cars will quickly  be available to the general public at no
increased cost. Car makers now deliver them for utilities and taxis.

3. The middle
east oil countries know how much natural gas we have. They are terrified that
we start using it and less of their oil. They will bring the price of gas down
to $2 a gallon and keep it there to discourage our conversion.

This is a all-win, no-lose initiative for you. All you have to do
is sign a piece of paper.
Any agency that does not want to buy natural gas, dual-fuel
vehicles can opt out. But your executive order alone will cause foreign oil
suppliers to think twice about blackmailing the U.S. for oil. It tells them where
we are going -- and that we will not need their oil in ten years or so.

The biggest
worry for the foreign oil suppliers is that we will start using our enormous
natural gas supplies, now estimated to supply the U.S. more than 100 years. The price
of gasoline will drop to $2.00 per gallon or less – even before we convert
large numbers of our vehicles to natural gas. American workers – and the
economy -- will applaud you.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

On Gabby's Shooter

The nut in question is apparently not a political ideologue and was not spurred by the hate mongers. There have been enough acts by ideologues so inspired in recent months that it's not surprising people jumped to the wrong conclusion. I'd bet they won't be wrong next time.

... "The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place, we are entering a period of consequences." - Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm