WARNING I AM NOT A MECHANIC OR ENGINEER
As Bob Dylan said you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.
I just watched Mad Max Fury Road and it was freaking awesome as fuck. I can tell you numerous things that were way unrealistic about the movie. Like apparently infection is no longer a concern in the future. Prior to seeing the movie I watched a video on the Nerdist asking how likely Mad Max like fuel shortage could be. They refuted the concept of Peak Oil. Saying that US Oil Production has actually gone up. What the said that since 2000 we increased from 5 million barrels of oil a day to 8 million barrels of oil a day. Stating that we have new techniques. What the Nerdist failed to tell you is that we consume approximately 18 million barrels of oil a day. So 10 million barrels gotta come from some where… So the problem isn’t are we running out of oil. The question you should ask yourself is who controlls the oil.
In Fallout (video game) and Mad Max the setting of their post apocalyptic wars was due to wars over fuel. While I would love to shave my head into a mohawk and wear football pads on the outside of my clothing I kinda am addicted to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Something about no more ice cream just makes the whole thing seem shitty. So how can we stop it?
I would like to nerd out and present a mountain of evidence on why you should do some tweeking to your car to get it to run on alterative energy but I am preaching to the choir and honestly you probably won’t care. All I really care about is that this knowledge of HOW to do the conversion gets passed on. I will leave the reasons WHY for you to look up on your own. But if you decide to look it up there is a documentry on Netflix right now called Pump. I will save you 40 minutes of BS too skip 40 minutes in.
Okay so maybe I lied. I am going to give you just one example of why this is important.
When the Soviet Union disolved the poorest and smallest of the former Solviet states Tajikistan had a border dispute with China. Guess who won? Tajikistan ceded 1000 square kilometers to China… in exchange for 28,000 square kilometers that China ceded to Tajikistan in 2002. It wasn’t until 2011 that China was able to win and Tajikistan finally gave into China’s demands. WHY? HOW??? Well the problem is that Tajikistan is on the other side of the Himilayan mountains. China was not able to transport it’s troops from one side of the country to the other because there was no roads or rail ways to Tajikistan. So China had to fly. China suffered not from lack of Soldiers, Not from lack of planes… but from lack of fuel. Fuel is to our society what salt was to the Roman Empire. It was a strategic resource. It meant mobility of armies. That meant POWER! The Roman Empire version of Mad Max would be about salt.
Now these alternatives below are going to make you an enemy of people who are evil and powerful. Places like Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Iraq and companies like BP, Shell, and Exxon. They really don’t want you to know the following. In fact they go to great lenghts to supress this technology. Oh and it will probably piss off Obama. You okay with that?
- Cheapest Fuel
- Can be used as a generator/ battery bank in grid down situation.
- Expensive initial investment
- Limited Range
- Limited Speed
Unfortunately for Elon Musk the problem with electric cars/hybrids is that battery technology but this is becoming more and more of an option each year. Currently Hybrid and Electronic Cars make up a fraction of a percent of the cars on the road. There number in the hundreds of thousands when there are hundreds of millions of cars. In about 40 years this is how all cars will move. The question is can we wait that long? The answer is NO! We need something to help us reach that future. Below are ways that will not require changes in our fuel distribution infrastructure
Most survival experts will tell you diesel is the way to go. It really is because there are so many options to deal with.
- Black Diesel is using converted used motor oil as a fuel source.
- Diesel just sounds fucking cool.
- Biodiesel is easy to make and can be made by combining used cooking oils and methanol.
- Since diesels are not as common as gas engine they will more likely be able to find fuel still left in pumps. I am not saying you will… just that you might get lucky.
- Easily a dollar more than regular gas even though it really has less steps to make.
- Requires Methanol to make biodiesel which can in and of it’s self fuel regular gas cars.
Chances are you are already driving a flex fuel vechicle and your probably don’t even know it. If you have a yellow gas cap then you can fuel up on E85 or M50. No conversion needed.
Our cars run on E10 right now… like all of them. all gasoline cars do this. What you don’t know is that there is no hardware difference between your car and a flex fueled car. Now it is Illegal to pay a mechanic to convert your car to flex fuel. It is also illegal to hack your cars computer to make it flex fuel. It is also illegal to rip the tag off your mattress and pirate videos and music.
Now all you have to do to hack your cars computer. You will need an OBDii connector (if your car was made after 1996 it should have this connector)
you can install a flex fuel computer into your regular car. You cannot pay a mechanic to do this but it can easily be done. The kit costs about 200 dollars.
Post SHTF anyone who can make moonshine can make fuel. Think about that. The south might actually rise again.
- You already own a flex fuel car (some illegal hacking maybe required)
- Cheap to convert your car if it isn’t
- Methanol is about 80 cents a gallon. E85 is about 50 less per gallon than regular gasoline.
- Honestly this the best option to avoid a crushing fuel war. It is part of the reason China and Brazil are such amazing economies.
- There are less carbon chains in Methanol and Ethanol than in Gasoline so… you might require more fuel. Methanol you get 60% of the fuel economy of regular gasoline but it is actually higher octaine (they use it in race cars)
Ethanol loses effectiveness at altitude. Personally I was driving my car on I70 through Colorado and noticed I wasn’t going too fast… like I was the little engine that could.
Liquid Natural Gas
If you want to convert your car or truck to Liquid Natural Gas it will set you back a few grand. It will save you a crap ton of money however because it can run on what amounts to a dollar per gallon. Learn more here.
- Cheap fuel domestically produced.
- Expensive modifications required and hard to find fuel sources. Requires the fuel to be super cooled.
Like liquid natural gas you can convert an engine to run on wood… no I am not joking you can do this. You basically set up a wood gasifier to burn wood and you can run your car or small engine off the gas that the burning emits. You can actually capture the gas and make your very own oil out of this stuff. They actually did this to run cars in WWII.
In closing if you want to look up Dr. Robert Zubrin he wrote a book called Energy Victory. This dude is literally smarter than NASA and yes I mean literally not figuratively. There are also youtube videos of his lectures available.
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