Originally Posted by Ozbullwinkle
I agree with DOJ
. The cynic in me has always believed that the Oil Crisis is a bit of a beat up. Yes it is a finite resource but I believe that there are other technologies that could be further developed and also ones that are yet to be developed which will be able to replace oil. But what the hell will governments do worldwide if that stream of tax income
A case in point. We used to have a TV show here in Australia
called "The Inventors" where all types of new inventions and gadgets were displayed by their inventors. Around 15 - 20 years ago there was a guy who developed a module that was attached to your car engine which allowed the motor to run on pure water from your garden hose. The engine still needed a very small petrol fuel tank
for initial ignition but after ignition was achieved the motor ran entirely on water. The device was tested by Sydney
University as part of the product evaluation on the program who confirmed that the technology worked. Performance was not that of a Ferrari and more R&D was required to improve it. Anyway the guy won the series for the year.
As a follow up from time to time on the program they often had a segment "Whatever happened to an Invention". They followed up this invention and I'm sure that you will not be surprised to hear that the technology had been purchased by BP (British Petroleum) for an undisclosed amount and the inventor was gagged from speaking or working on similar technology in the future. It would now be locked away in the vaults of BP & maybe they have continued the R&D so that they are ready for the day that oil in unsustainable.
I'm sure that there are many other technological developments like this that have suffered a similar fate.
You are correct, I believe the show you saw was real. I live in the states so I did not see it, but I have seen first hand that water can be burned as fuel. I experimented with splitting water and I believe it can be done. I have seen water fueled cars, water fueled 18 wheelers, water fueled welders and cutting torches. It boils down to taxes
. If you burn water, where do you pay fuel taxes
Lets say everyone in this forum was in prison. Doing life terms. No chance of parole. We were all settled into our routine and waiting out our time.
Then one of us finds a key to the doors. Once outside, we would be free. Talking about it a little too loud, a jailer overheard the conversations about the key, and took it away.
The story above is all of us using oil, and the key is alternative fuels. The whole earths economy is based on what? Corn? Coffee beans? Pine lumbar? The whole Earths economy is based on energy sales and oil is the biggest player. If we invent something that stops the oil economy, we would see global wars pushing us back to the Stone Age.
I owned a van that got over 100 mpg. So I know technology igsist to build such cars.
I was a teen of 16 or so, and a neighbor died. My best friends Mom was their next door neighbor, and friends with the widow. My best friend told me the guys van was for sale
. I talked to the woman, and the vehicle was a Corvair van, 1963 as I remember back. I agreed to give her 400 dollars for the van and that was my first vehicle.
As we filled out paperwork, I nervously asked her questions about the van. Pretty excited to have my own wheels. One question I asked was about fuel. I asked what grade of fuel he used. She dug out his receipts and it used low test, or regular. She gave me the receipts and other paperwork. I asked her if he drove much, because their we're so few gas tickets. She said he drove it everyday. I asked how often he bought gas, and she paused, and said I think he filled the tank once a year. Her answer seemed odd and wrong, and stuck in my mind as the answer of an old woman that did not understand my question. I was in a hurry to drive away in my new van, so once she handed me the key, I was off.
Here is where it gets interesting.
I started it up, and limped away. My mothers car had a V8 and had power, this thing had very little acceleration at all. It would not speed up even on a modest hill, but it would maintain speed on hills.
Gas was cheep, 26 cents a gallon and I felt like a big shot filling up my own van. I noticed I was going all over and not using hardly any fuel.
The lack of power bothered me, and I noticed he had altered the double air intakes and had altered the carbs. I asked the woman if she had the original engine parts
, and in his garage, I found the stuff he had removed. She gave me the stuff, and I and my friend went to work taking off his stuff, and putting on the stuff as it belonged, with the help of a parts
store, because we got stuck a couple times figuring out vacuum hoses and stuff like that. It was the parts store that told me the van would never run the way it was.
Started it up, and now it had all kinds of power. Climbed hills and drank gas like my mothers V8.
To a 16 year old kid, I did not know what I had, and I did not care. All I wanted was a normal vehicle to race
down the street. The stuff we took off? Threw it away I guess, don't much remember what it was. I do remember one carb was the only one with control levers on it. The second carb was only driven by the vacuum of the engine, no accelerator linkage at all. That is a big reason it had no power to climb hills.
This was not a tv show, this was my first vehicle. I know that van was getting way over 100 mpg. Maybe twice that.
Ended up with another's neighbors car, a V8 Pontiac. Ten bucks! Had a broken bolt in the front suspension. Fixed it in less than an hour and then I really had power.
A tie rod broke off the van jumping railroad tracks, and I just abandoned it in the railroad yards. Never to see it again.
When the first oil crisis hit, I remembered the Corvair van and wished I still had it and I had left it alone.