OT - Gas to hit 4.00

C. Ed Felt edfelt at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 10:21:23 MDT 2005

Jonathan Ellis wrote:

>On Wed, 31 Aug 2005 15:21:56 -0600, "Richard Esplin" <richjunk1 at byu.net>
>>I would rather have us choose higher gas prices through taxation, then
>>have it 
>>forced on us by insatiable demand (because of our cultural lifestyle)
>>a time of limited supply.
>I saw an interesting suggestion some time ago by some editorialist
>(possibly Friedman, not sure).  He proposed the federal government
>impose a sliding gas tax, such that normal price + tax = fixed number,
>with the funds going towards investing in other energy sources.
>I'm skeptical that the government should be making the decision of where
>to invest money given their horrible track record in that area, but at
>least it was more creative than most government-oriented solutions. :)
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"Hydrogen also can be used in *modified internal-combustion engines* 
with essentially pollution-free emissions. It can be produced in two 
basic ways: first, by steam reformation of natural gas or other 
hydrocarbon fuels, including coal and biomass fuels from agricultural 
feedstocks or waste materials; and second, by electrolysis, using 
electricity supplied by a wide variety of sources, including renewable 
fuel sources. While electrolysis is ideal, it's not economically 
competitive at this time."

Put up some solar panels on your roof:

Get a wind generator if you really want to be sure you have enough power:

Get a hydrogen generator:

Convert your car to Hydrogen:


*The technology is all ready here, many are too lazy or too caught up in 
day to day life to do anything about it.
*There are a few caveats, like the fact that our industry doesn't 
currently care to move our entire infrastructure towards better energy 
models such as this one.

I actually have a friend starting a business doing just what I have 
listed above.  This means no paying for power from the electric company 
and never paying for gas.  He says he can do it all for around $15,000 
to $30,000.  I wonder how the payments on a loan of that size and cost 
of maintenance of such a system compare to the average persons monthly 
gas and power bills?  I hope the next time I build a house, I can wrap 
something like this in to the loan.  Even if the price is a wash, it 
sure would be nice to have complete control over my own power needs.

It will be interesting to see how many people and industries start 
switching to these alternatives as gas prices and pollution controls rise,

Like one of my old network theory professors once said about network 
protocols: "most people don't upgrade until they have to".  Case in 
point: how long has IP V6 been around now?

-Ed Felt

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