Here at Fuel Freedom Foundation, we talk a lot about “fuel choice.” This is what we mean.
Right now, if you were go to go to your nearest fueling station, chances are you’d have one choice and one choice only: gasoline. Some of you may have even been mildly confused by the above sentence, because we don’t call them fueling stations, we call them gas stations. That’s because we’ve been conditioned as a society to believe we only have one choice for fuel. We’ve been told that’s just the way it is.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, gasoline as our only choice isn’t even the way it’s always been. Believe it or not, the first mass-produced car ever, the Ford Model T, could run on three fuels — gasoline, kerosene, and ethanol. And carrying that tradition into the present, there are nearly 20 million vehicles on the road today that can run on any combination of gasoline or ethanol. They’re known as flex-fuel vehicles, and you may have one and not even know it! Use our handy “Check you car” tool to find out. Beyond that, we have the technology to run cars and trucks on many different fuels. On natural gas. On electricity. On hydrogen. On biodiesel. On propane.
“You just hate oil!”
We certainly hate some of the terrible trappings that have come with oil and the fact that it’s a monopoly. But no, we don’t hate the substance itself. The truth is, oil is useful to the plastics and medicinal industries. However, oil being virtually the only fuel choice most Americans have is problematic. Think about it. When the price of Nikes goes up, we can switch to Adidas. When the price of apples goes up, we can switch to oranges. But when the price of oil goes up, Americans have no choice but to fork over more of their hard-earned cash. They can’t switch to something else — and that’s a problem.
We don’t want to displace oil just so some other substance can become a new monopoly. Then instead of wars over oil we’d have wars over natural gas or wars over lithium (the primary component in batteries).
No. When we say fuel choice. We mean it.
A truly diversified fuel structure would mean an end to monopolies in the transport sector, and that would be better for everyone, creating a new jobs boom and ensuring that Americans can’t be threatened by foreign actors who don’t have our best interests at heart.
Become a Fuel Freedom Fighter today and join us in our effort to bring fuel choice to all Americans!