Saturday, July 22, 2006

Got A Little Gas...

The First Hydrogen Powered Vehicle

Be nice to me, I may have just won a Hummer –not the Bill Clinton oval office blue dress kind, but the truck. I’d offer you a ride (in the truck), but I doubt I could afford to drive the thing very far with the way the price of gas is climbing. Georgie Boy says we’re addicted to oil, which is a case of the wolf telling the foxes they are eating too much mutton, and I suspect we’ll hear more on alternative energy as soon as the presidential race heats up. I hope they are using propane for that heat or contributors to the cause are going to have to pony up a lot more bread.

I like the idea of Ethanol, not for drinking but for powering the car. There was an ethanol plant in Rapid City and with all the biomass the ranchers were producing that seemed like a good bet. Brazil said bye to the Oil Baron a while back all because they are using Ethanol instead of gas. I am not sure how much impact burning ethanol would b have on greenhouse gasses, but since alcohol is C2H5OH, the C being carbon, I suspect some CO2 will be released while bring the stuff. On the Bright side, you won’t be funding Hezbollah and the Republican “war chest” every time you fill up.

Hydrogen is another intriguing possibility. On the upside, the exhaust is water vapor, on the down side, well, remember the Hindenburg? Say what you will about gasoline, if you spring a leak in your fuel system you a have better then average chance of not bursting into flames. Mr. Hydrogen is not your friend - want to know how well it burns? Check out the sun; just don’t stare too long - remember mom’s advice…

The solar power cars are fun to watch, but no husky room in the backseat. Try packing Yukon into a regular car and you’ll be wishing for an SUV. Speaking of which, the American Automakers (aiding and abetting our gas addiction) are starting to catch on and producing hybrid SUVs, so when you are tooling down the road in your civilian equivalent of a cement truck you won’t have to stop at every filling station on the way – maybe only every other. There are electric cars, but unlike the hybrid you have to plug these in to a power grid. Unfortunately, somewhere down the line someone has to burn coal or split atoms to make the juice to recharge your vehicle, making it not quite as environmentally friendly as it appears.

Actually we are just waiting on the oil companies to re-tool so they can peddle us the alternative fuels and come up with excuses as to why they have to continually jack the prices up – a corn failure, hydrogen scarcity, or the war in Buttslamistan. Like Mr. Hydrogen the oil companies are not your friend.

16 Comments:

At 5:49 PM, Blogger CCCCppppCCppp said...

pk

i luv my hybrid

i would love it more if it didn't use any gas but 40 miles to the gallon isn't too bad

 
At 6:04 PM, Blogger jin said...

My neighbors son has a Lexus electric SUV. Silly me, I thought he'd get great mileage...when asked what he gets...it's 20-25 mpg! Electric! WTF? My Scion xB gets 35MPG!!! Um, yeah...& I could probably buy about 7 of them for the 1 Lexus.

(This guy worked in Saudi for 20 some years. Says we have a hell of a lot less oil than the government is letting on. Surprise surprise.)

If I didn't have to deliver wedding cakes I'd have an even more efficient car. But right now I need the room.

 
At 6:53 PM, Blogger Fancy Laces said...

KIDO~

Sorry for the lack of comments.

I'm really sorry. :)

Anyway, i'll make it up to you now.

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger Fancy Laces said...

I'm so unfamiliar with the topic. You are the expert, so yeah, after I carefully read your blog entry, I guess I learned a few things and laughed a bit. I can't even pretend I can say anything constructive.

 
At 7:41 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

C6P7: Hybrids are great, but the really efficient ones are pretty small. I think they would be great for in-city driving. I almost got one for work as I drive in short hops from place to place, but settled for an Element because I have to haul a ton of stuff with me sometimes.

Jin: A Scion! I didn;t have you pegged as a Scion kind fo person - bet you have it all tricked out, eh? I actaully looked at those then realized I was way to old to be driving one of those - I was impressed wiht tthe sound syte,mthough. Cars today ahve better steroes than I have in my car!!
FP: Hello! No worries about comments, stop by when you can, I love hearing from you.

I am not an expert on global warming or the environment by any stretch of the imagination, just shedding my conservative skin and moving on. I am the ultimate worrier - I keep trying to convince Ms. Phos we have to move because of the shift in climate is going to leave us in dust pile.

 
At 6:39 AM, Blogger Eternally Curious said...

Lots o' horses out here by me. Anyone care for a horse or two?....

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Horse meat makes great bratwurst!

 
At 11:43 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

time to think of natural means...

Keshi.

 
At 6:56 AM, Blogger Becky said...

My hubby is thinking of trying to make diesel gas outta corn oil and other natural products....

Personally, I just think he's nuts....

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Timmy said...

I've been kind of hoping that GM's 85% ethanol ad campaign might help 'em out a little and start the push toward a less terrorist-profit-inducing fossil fuel/ethanol ratio.

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

I still remember the guy that actually used the methane from decaying chicken shit to power his car. He was probably really popular with the neighbors, but it got the job done.

 
At 8:14 PM, Blogger Sugarfoot said...

Oh the humanity!

 
At 8:51 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

SF: Its ok, I think most of them were Nazis anyway.

 
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