Entries by Arctic Leaf

Why aren’t we using methanol?

The more you look at the contemporary scene with gasoline and imported oil, the more you have to wonder why we’re not switching some of our fuel needs to methanol. Look at what’s happening: Oil has become so plentiful that we’re reverting to the old situation of the 1950s, when the big concern among oil […]

The hydrogen car finally takes shape

In his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2003,¬†President George W. Bush proposed $1.2 billion in research funding so that America “can lead the world in developing clean, hydrogen-powered automobiles.” “With a new national commitment,” the president added, “our scientists and engineers will overcome obstacles to taking these cars from laboratory to showroom, […]

What do Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren have to say about marriage and oil strategy?

Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren, well-known advisors and columnists for people with relationship issues, were, at one point in time, distant cousins of mine. So I was willingly exposed to daily columns about the lovelorn, love-confused and folks in need of love. Ms. Landers and Ms. Van Buren were actually sisters. They, however, didn’t […]

A Call to Action

J.W.G. Turner and R.J. Pearson et al, Lotus Engineering The authors of this research argue that since there isn’t enough E85 to power all the flex-fuel vehicles on the road, “the introduction of methanol (which can be made extremely simply and cheaply from natural gas) into gasoline-ethanol mixtures, can be used to create drop-in fuels […]

U.S. is trailing the rest of the world on EVs

As oil prices have tumbled, one thing has become clear: Electric vehicles are making much greater headway in the rest of the world than they are in the United States. U.S. sales have remained flat over the past year after increasing steadily over the last decade. But sales have actually accelerated in some European countries, […]