$9 Gasoline

By Gary P Jackson

The American Energy Alliance has released a new ad called Nine Dollar Gas. This ad will air in Florida, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia. It has a strong message.

Along with the ad comes a fact sheet that has citations backing up every claim made in the video. You can read it here.

As noted yesterday, Obama’s “solution” for high gasoline costs is to raise taxes on the “evil” oil companies. Yeah, that will help!

In reality, the Obama regime has declared war on fossil fuels, while shoveling billions of tax payer dollars at cronies who have put together “green energy” scams like Solyndra and General Electric. [with their wind power scam]

Supporters of the regime will tell you with a straight face that we can’t “drill our way out” of this crisis. But that is simply not true. Even the hint of an increase in production can have a significant impact on the price at the pump.

Case in point: In July of 2008 the average price of gasoline was $4.09 a gallon. President Bush took action. Bush issued an Executive Order lifting the ban on offshore drilling, and urged Congress to take action as well. That was July 14.

On July 16, the House voted 236-189 in approval of allowing drilling offshore in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

On July 27, the Senate voted 78-12 to end the 27 year ban on offshore drilling.

What was the effect of this legislation? Again, in July of 2008 gasoline was $4.09 a gallon, on average. By December, 2008, gasoline was only $1.68 a gallon, on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That’s cutting the price at the pump by more than 50%, and nothing was done except passing legislation. Not a single oil rig had been erected. Just the mere IDEA that the United States was going to open up areas for oil exploration saw the price of oil come crashing down!

The price of gasoline is approaching that $4.09 average from 2008 as I write this. The price at the pump has doubled since Obama took office in January of 2009. That was his stated goal. Obama has surrounded himself with radicals who want to see energy prices so high, we are forced to use ineffective, and equally expensive “green” technology. As we have seen, Obama’s cronies are making big money from all of this.

Americans can’t stand for this. We must demand a change in energy policy. We know we have enough oil, natural gas, and coal to last us for centuries, without ever importing a drop. It’s well past time for all Americans to demand our energy independence. Anything less is totally unacceptable.

In fact, it’s a crime against the American people that, thanks to the federal energy policy, we are not 100% energy independent today!

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9 responses to “$9 Gasoline

  1. Aaron Allen

    Hi Gary: How much do we waste paying ‘experts’, politicos, and enemies
    to tell us that ‘world markets’ supply/demand speculative-gaming, and too
    many ‘spot-markets, middlemen, and gimme-somes’are ripping us off? The idea that we MUST let ‘them’ do this and subject workingfolk to un-
    necessary expenses just to punch the clock and fetch food for the family
    table is ludicrous. During ‘The War’, which I remember, we put a ceiling
    price on fuels for vehicles and homes: It was unlawful to charge even a
    penny more…Today, in light-density population areas, we shud grow,
    refine and sell non-petroleum [and some petrofuels and natural gas–if
    they are available locally or in multi-county, mini-regions…Wgat is going
    on elsewhere shudn’t affect the fairly-fixed price for fuels from coopera-
    tives and small partnerships. They will be, in effect, selling their fuels
    to motorists and households. The station or fueloil truck gets a dime,
    Uncle Sam a quarter [vehicle fuels only]. Add state sales tax on the
    fuel only…State excise tax is replaced with a quarterly ‘road-use fee’
    paid by powered vehicles only–no trailers, farm machinery, other off-
    road equipment…Meanwhile, convert as many urban/suburban vehicles
    to CNG-Plus-HHO or ‘Flex-fuel-Plus-HHO’ and a good, thourough tune-
    up to deliver 30-50% savings on fuel consumption…In a year or so, the
    effective cost of fuels in dense-population drops as less of them are used.
    Stop hauling all crude to the dangerous, worn-out gulf-belt refineries and
    cook-n-crack some of the northern tier’s supplies–shortening the distance
    involved and the too-many-middlemen previously involved…Stop all ad-
    vertising of fuels, large overhead signs, and phony ‘gas wars’ that serve
    no good. License the fuel stations like bars, taverns, and liquor stores to
    keep their number fit for the local population and the fuels for sale ‘fresh’
    not aging in underground tanks…If most motorists used HHO gas gener-
    ators, the less demand-per-vehicle wud balance the fuels available…
    Once again, small towns cud have environmentally-safe stations so lo-
    cal drivers don’t have to ‘drive to the city’ just to buy fuel!..Start with Hiway
    Hay, Green Algae, Ethanol from crop-trash–not food! Add HHO and en-
    joy your necessary driving…Share all of this with ‘BRICK [Brazil, Russia,
    India, China, Korea & Japan]–if they can reduce petro fuels-use, and
    emissions, bye-bye Big Oil/robes/suits/gamers…Aaron Allen…

  2. Mike

    Another path to get closer to energy independence is smaller more efficient cars. And another century old technology Diesel could bring us even closer. Only the larger gasoline engine is available in the US of my present car (Toyota Yaris.) But in other countries you can get the Diesel engine version that gets about 60mpg. That’s an off the shelf technology for a small safe reliable car that costs less than $20k in the UK. It’s not too small from the occupants perspective, I’m 6’2″ and 240lbs, and I find it much more comfortable both front and back than my in-laws Buick LeSabre.

    Maybe we can agree that “big government” should let us import small Diesel cars from Asia and Europe and tell the Saudis to bite me!

    from Toyota UK: http://goo.gl/RfRdp
    The most economical engine in an already frugal range, the diesel manages an impressive 72.4mpg on the combined cycle, but is also a powerful performer thanks to 90hp on tap. Emissions are the lowest of the four as well, with a CO2 figure of just 104g/km
    (mpg stats are in Imperial gallons)

    • Gary P Jackson

      Europeans are more apt to have diesels than Americans. In fact, a lot of the car makers that have diesel engines in Europe don’t offer them to the American buyer. For the most part Americans don’t much care for the diesel. It’s smelly and the price of diesel is higher than the price of premium gasoline.

      I spent over 30 years in the automobile business, and have owned diesel powered vehicles. I was satisfied with them, but that was back when diesel was actually in line with regular gasoline, and economically viable. For example, Nissan used a small, non-turbocharged industrial 4 cylinder in it’s mini-trucks. It was great, got 40 mpg, almost double than the gasoline engine, but it was hopelessly underpowered.

      Thing is, Americans don’t want to drive around in little death traps like the Yaris, or the Smart, or any of those soul sucking appliances. Americans want larger, safer cars. We also drive SUVs, Mini-vans, and of course, trucks.

      If you seriously want to effect emissions, as well as the pocketbook, compressed natural gas is the answer. That technology is almost as old as the diesel engine, and interestingly, diesels can be modified to run CNG. They run better, and cleaner [of course]

      The “Big Three” already make cars, trucks, and buses that run on CNG. Have for decades. They even make duel fuel vehicles that can switch from gasoline to CNG on the fly.

      With modern engine management systems, and now high pressure, high compression, direct injection [think diesel, but on gasoline] the timing couldn’t be better to switch the fleet over to natural gas.

      We have the largest reserves of natural gas in the world. It’s inexpensive, and it’s as close to an actual zero emissions fuel as there is. I’ve owned vehicles that run on CNG. Now this was before the newer technology, so the gripe back then was a loss of power over gasoline. That situation no longer exists. The positive, is CNG burns so clean there are almost no carbon deposits within the combustion chamber. That means the oil doesn’t get contaminated, and there is little wear on the engine, increasing it’s life significantly.

      Even better, they make compressors for home use so you can refile your car at home. All you need is a home that has natural gas service. Those compressors are expensive, now [about $5,000] but the price will come down considerably once more users come online.

      Natural gas is the perfect, and logical bridge fuel. No doubt someone, some day, will come up with a commercially viable alternative fuel, but until then, we need to use what we have, and what we have is as perfect of a fuel as their is.

      I’m not against diesels, I’ve driven a ton of Dodge Ram diesels, love em. But that’s not the fix.

      Again, we have more oil and gas reserves than any nation on earth. Centuries worth of reserves. It’s a crime against the people that we are not using those resources.

      • Aaron Allen

        Hi Gary: CNG is indeed a great fuel and CAN be ‘stretched’ by adding
        HHO. One can then ‘get by’ with a ‘single’ tank for light cars-n-trucks–
        instead of 2-3 tanks in one’s trunk or mounted near the rear axle…For
        large ‘straight’ trucks [and 18-wheelers]–a similar savings in equipment
        is possible. Good bye to frequent fillups, dirty soot, and sulphur…In the
        case of large trucks, an Auxiliary Power Unit [APU] is just the thing dur-
        ing cold weather: The little APU engine uses the main truck’s coolant
        [keeping it warm for easy restarts] and generates electricity to recharge
        the truck’s batteries…A small amount of the CNG both feeds the APU
        and a small furnace in the sleeper cab, too…The same sort of auxiliary
        units can fit aboard a motor home–upping mileage and internal com-
        fort. With dual controls, drivers can change-over without stopping–a
        nice feature on long trips…Aaron Allen…

      • Gary P Jackson

        You are so right!

        I really think CNG is our best hope. Even if we just convert the passenger cars and light trucks, it will make a big difference.

        BTW, both Chevy and Dodge have trucks coming out later this year designed to run on CNG as it’s main fuel.

  3. Aaron Allen

    Hi Gary: Two things to think about: 1. Nissan makes a nice little 5cylinder,
    normally-aspired diesel that can drop-into many straight 6 applications such as Dodge 3/4 ton military [M-37] and ‘Power Wagons [all sizes and
    years…Chrysler brand[s] cars, too…Burning CNG+HHO and you have a
    real winner?.. 2. I read today that Sunoco, Conoco, and [Hess?] are get-
    ting out of the domestic refining [motor-fuel] Biz. After years of bragging
    that they ‘don’t buy foreign crude’ I wonder if they intend to export their
    domestic crude and let the ferriners cook it? I still think we need small,
    regional refiners that can ‘make anything’ for their markets only [like lo-
    cal dairies, niche wines, beers, other regional foods, fruit, meat, etc.]…
    Add CNG, LPG, E85-from-trash, not food, Green Algae diesel/heat, plus
    HHO and forbid the import of any ferrin motor/heating/aviation fuels?
    Encapsulate North America in a one-way ‘skin’–crude can go out but
    any ferrin petro-products cannt come in [especially fuels cooked from
    OUR crude!] Bye bye to the greedy ripoff forced upon us at the pump?
    Target fuels at $1.25-1.50 per USGallon, dime to ‘vendor’ [station], 25
    cents to Uncle Sam’s Infrastructure Fund [roads, bridges, eliminating
    RR crossings-at-grade]…Get as many Single Moms-with-kids, Students,
    Short Commuters [drive 4-5 miles to train station], GIs near their bases,
    Seniors [who may drive 10-12 miles per week], into simple, non-spacey,
    basic Battery Electric Vehicles–lotta people fit here…Another idea for
    great fuel mileage with CNG, LPG, Grassoline, or Algae Diesel–a 2-
    stroke, smooth-running gas or diesel engine [which has actual velves
    and fuel-injection–no pop-pop-pop!] In a sub-compact or compct, this
    engine is smooth and ‘behaves’ like a ‘six’!..Happy Motoring!..Aaron Allen…

    • Aaron Allen

      [Aaron agn]: The 2-stroke engine I describe is only 3 cylinders–but runs
      as smoothly as a 6-cylinder–at any engine speed, accelerating, decelle-
      rating, cruising…Instead of a complex computer, a simpler one meets
      EPA yet runs well…When warmed up, the blend of fuel/HHO swings to
      mostly HHO–which is FREE…The rest of the time, engine runs cleanly,
      smoothly, and reliably…Several years ago, Ford built a Taurus sedan
      using aluminum [for the body and most of the suspension and other
      weight-lessening techniques. The car had a 3-cyl engine and ran well
      achieving great mileage…Aaron Allen…

      • Gary P Jackson

        Two stroke engines are indeed smooth. I remember when you could still buy two stroke street bikes. A lot fewer moving parts and serious horsepower to weight ration. Good stuff.

        Problem is, you mix oil and gasoline together, that’s how they are lubricated. Serious polluters. That’s why you see fewer two strokes today, than you did 30-40 years ago,

  4. Aaron Allen

    Hi Gary: Yes, the traditional 2-stroke with the oil/fuel mixture, excessive smoking and crazy decelleration [pow-pow-pop-pop] was not very envir-
    onment-friendly [think E. German Trabants and Wartburgs]. SAAB added
    free-wheeling which allowed one to coast while the engine quickly return-
    ed to idle…The engine I’m thinking of [and shud have made clear] was one with real valves, fuel-injection and a real sump/oil-pan and pump–
    sort of like GMC buses and locomotives. Orbital [Australia] makes a neat
    Euro- and EPA-acceptable mill that smoothly runs like a six and has light-
    er reciprocating and rotating parts. Lower in weight, this engine can com-
    pete with 4 cylinder, slightly-larger, powerplants. It wud be fun to run one
    on CNG plus HHO. I have seen a video of a Geo Metro 3-cyl run on HHO
    only [after warmup]. If this cud be automatic, the engine [realizing it is on
    a trip] cud switchover and run on HHO until switched-off. For re-start, the
    ECU wud admit CNG [think of a pitstop on a hour 50-60 mile trip]. When
    back on the Autobann, the HHO takes over with little or no CNG…You
    end your trip with almost as much CNG as when you left!..I think we have
    some good engines to soldier-on, while we develop new ones, we shud
    perfect good runners allready ‘in the crate’…I know you can think of at
    least 5-10 favorites…Another trick is to return to the practice of shipping
    a choice of final-drive ratios–geared-down a bit for hills and mountains;
    geared-up a bit for ‘the flatlands’…Going up/dn an inch in tire diameter
    works, too…Aaron Allen…PS/ My ‘good’ aliens can work for the regional
    highway-hay and green-algae harvester/refiner/distributors? Beats pick-
    ing crops by hand and they can go to ‘the club’ after supper for some mu-
    sic and Cervesa?..

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