Alternative Fuels and Alternative Media

Popular Mechanics has just published an extensive look at alternative fuels like ethanol, methanol, biodiesel, and hydrogen (you can see the article here), and the prospects are for getting away from gasoline — and for the political system’s getting rational about energy and fuel.

Ethanol is already found blended with gasoline at pumps across the country, and production is continuing to ramp up. Ethanol is probably the main fuel President Bush had in mind both in February, when he announced the Advanced Energy Initiative, and last summer, when he signed new energy rules into law. That legislation established a renewable-fuels standard that will require the use of 7.5 billion gal. of ethanol and biodiesel annually by 2012—a nearly 90 percent increase over today’s usage—and extended tax benefits that favor both fuels.

In the lab, many gasoline alternatives look good. Out on the road, automotive engineers have a lot of work to do, and energy companies have new infrastructure to build, before very many people can drive off into a petroleum-free future. And, there’s the issue of money.


4 comments:

One would be Ethanol fuels. Some says that the Ethanol consumption in an engine is approximately higher than for gasoline.

YA some one start building Ethanol facilities and fund them all over Government where ever you are.

Indy and race cars have been running on Ethanol since 1974 and they go 200MPH +. Fuel economy is reduced 20% but fuel cost at mfg is $1.43/gal and will run as long as humans are on earth. donllaw verizon net for information. This will help our transportation problem and secure the USA from improted high oil costs from SA.

Ethanol 100% is the way to go and Biodiesel also since it can be made from cellious materials such as newspaper, sawdust, straw other than food products forever and can fuel the world. Alcohol System Technologies, Inc. donllaw@

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