According to petroleum industry experts in 1975, the last barrel of oil would be extracted from the ground in 2015. Did we run out of oil? No, we did not.
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Plastic bags are one of the most common forms of garbage, but what if we could convert them into back into petroleum based diesel fuel?
We first met Ford’s PlantBottle Fusion Energi PHEV last fall, when Ford announced a partnership with Coca-Cola to develop a line of sustainable, recyclable, and bio-degradable plant-based plastics for use in Ford’s automotive interiors. At the time, the company talked about plant-based fibers being used in the seats, headliners, etc., but the question was out […]
Ford has been stepping up their game in recent years, both in the realm of high-performance sexy-time street beasts and in green tech. This latest Ford concept is based on the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid I drove back in June, with the added twist of having a fully plant based plastic interior installed in […]
In addition to lobbying against ethanol blends and blatant, GOP-sponsored lies about ethanol production raising global food costs, the NCGA says that gas station owners’ franchise agreements have been changed in order to force gas stations to remove E85 and E15.
Slowly, painfully, but surely, America is losing faith in Big Oil. Organizations are divesting their oil interests, but the general “feeling” is that religious groups and politically conservative organizations will be hold-outs and retain their oil and gas-heavy portfolios. If the United Church of Christ is any indication of a wider trend, though, even these […]
Saudi-Aramco, the world’s largest oil-producer*, was hit by a malevolent computer virus last week, which crippled nearly 30,000 of the company’s workstations and threatened to permanently delete most of the company’s electronic data. This, by the way, comes directly from Saudi-Aramco representatives, who revealed that the virus “originated from external sources”, and that its private […]
Truth and facts beat out shady GOP politics and frustrating hipster ignorance this week when a US Appeals Court decided that the lawsuit brought against the EPA by petroleum and food lobbyists (for mandating higher ethanol content in gasoline) lacked sufficient merit to move forward. The trade organizations claimed that the shift to E15 would […]
Since its inception in 2007, Gas 2 has been about a world coming to terms with its addiction to oil. We’ve talked about conservation, biofuels, clean diesels, electric cars, and the politics surrounding them all. Want to hear a secret about all that? OK, I’ll tell you. The fun parts of the future of fuels […]
As automakers continue to look for ways to make themselves more profitable and efficient, their interest in renewable materials has grown and grown. With many old petroleum-based standbys growing more expensive oil prices took off, car makers like Ford are looking to renewable alternatives. One alternative the Blue Oval is looking at just happens to […]
America’s military has been pushing the envelope of green technology in recent years, from hybrid HUMVEE and Jeep replacements to more fuel-efficient fighter jets to diesel helicopter turbines that pump out clean drinking water for the troops. Despite the current economic uncertainty facing the US (or, perhaps, because of it), the DOD has announced that […]
Whether we like it or not, oil is as economically necessary for our (current) global society as it is a foundation for our fuels … and it’s not getting easier to come by. Even those claims, however, are often met with controversy – some claiming that oil is running out, others claiming that oil is being […]
Alberta’s tar sands have been called “the dirtiest oil in the world” by Greenpeace and National Geographic, and “mining” these fields means high carbon emissions and serious pollution of natural water supplies. So why are Canadians afraid of electric vehicles? Canada’s own government agents claim that the area’s boreal forests “could be gone within a […]
In 2012 Ford will give us an all new Focus to drool over (I never thought I’d say that about a Focus). Until then though, the Focus has a lot of racing to do. Yes, the humble little hatchback is quite the prolific racer, with numerous championships and manufacturer’s titles under its belt. While the […]
[social_buttons] As part of a National Science Foundation grant program to examine cutting edge ways to make nature work for us, a team of scientists at Iowa State University have been awarded $2 million to unravel how some plants and algae can make hydrocarbons and discover if the genes that govern that process might be […]
If you live in Colorado and own a Prius, here’s a New Year’s Day gift for you: $6,000 off a plug-in hybrid conversion. Earlier this year, Colorado passed House Bill 1331, “Incentives for Efficient Motor Vehicles,” which creates new tax credits of up to $6,000 for the purchase of, or conversion to, a plug-in hybrid […]
Editor’s Note: Frank Weber is the Global Electric Vehicle Development Executive for General Motors. Here he discusses the Chevy Volt and the future of transportation. This post was written for Gas 2.0 and reposted at the GM FastLane Blog. [social_buttons] A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak at EVS 24 in Norway […]
Biodiesel produced from saltwater-based Algae could be cost competitive with petroleum diesel, according to some reports. Aurora Biofuels, located in Alameda, CA has reported their 18 month pilot project produced 1,000 gallons of ATSM quality biodiesel in Florida open ponds of just 1/8th of an acre. The company estimates they could grow 6,000 gallons per acre […]
On Wednesday, BP anounced a joint venture with Verenium to build the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol facility. BP’s total investment—now $112.5 million—will be the largest by an oil company in advanced, non-food-based biofuels. The Florida-based plant would be 25 times larger than Verenium’s existing (and operational) cellulosic ethanol facility in Louisiana, which began operation earlier this month […]
Taking a big picture view of the world and our future, the only realistic expectation is that liquid and gas fuels will be needed and used for a long time to come. In light of this we should embrace biofuels and compressed natural gas as much better alternatives to petroleum. [social_buttons] Don’t get me wrong. […]