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A Breakthrough That Could Fuel a Revolution

A recent Wall Street Journal article by George Olah and Chris Cox reveals a better way of reducing carbon emissions than the proposed “carbon capture and sequestration.” They propose a way that simultaneously reduces greenhouse gas emissions while “growing the economy and increasing U.S. energy independence.” They write: In place of expensive mandates and wasteful subsidies, […]

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The Open Fuel Standard Has Been Introduced to Congress

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) introduced the Open Fuel Standard Act (H.R. 2493) which would require 30 percent of new automobiles in 2015, 50 percent in 2016, and 50 percent in each subsequent year, to operate on nonpetroleum fuels in addition to or instead of petroleum based fuels. The bill also features original […]

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Will the Price of Gas Ever Return to “Normal?”

The following was written by Gal Luft: Clearly, OPEC could produce more oil if it wanted to. But it won’t. The reason is that OPEC countries produce almost nothing but oil. Their population is growing by leaps and bounds, and because Saudis pay no income tax, the House of Saud will need more and more money […]

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An Open Fuel Standard Helps a Country’s Economy — a Lot

Brazil is the first country to embrace anything resembling an open fuel standard (read more about that here). And according to economic data released last week, Brazil moved passed Britain to become the world’s sixth largest economy behind the U.S., China, Japan, Germany, and France. Brazil’s economy grew three times faster than Britain’s last year. […]

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Which Countries are Members of the OPEC Cartel?

OPEC stands for “Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.” It was founded in 1960. OPEC members collectively hold 79% of world crude oil reserves and 44% of the world’s crude oil production, giving them considerable control over the global market. The next largest group of producers (members of the OECD and the Post-Soviet states) produced […]

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What is Ethanol?

Ethanol is ethyl alcohol, essentially 200-proof grain alcohol used as a motor fuel. An ethanol plant (production facility or “biorefinery”) produces pure fuel-grade ethanol, and then that ethanol is blended in a percentage with gasoline to create a finished motor fuel. A small amount of gasoline is blended into the ethanol at the plant to denature it […]

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How OPEC Profits Are Used to Endanger Americans

In the article, Achieving Energy Victory, Robert Zubrin writes: Until the Saudis started racking up billions in inflated oil revenues in the 1970s, the Wahhabi movement was regarded by Muslims the world over as little more than primitive insanity. Without rivers of treasure to feed its roots, this horrific movement could neither grow nor thrive. It is the […]

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What Did the Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011 Say?

The Open Fuel Standard Act essentially says that by 2017 automakers will no longer be allowed to make cars that run only on gasoline. The bill says that by 2017, ninety-five percent of all cars made in the United States will be in that category. The category includes flex fuel (capable of burning gasoline, ethanol or methanol or any combination of […]

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How Does OPEC Control the Price of Oil?

In the article, Achieving Energy Victory, Robert Zubrin writes: To understand how we can break away from oil, we must first understand the workings of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the cartel arrangement that has fabulously multiplied the Saudis’ petroleum revenue stream and the power that goes along with it. Founded in 1960, […]

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What is Methanol?

The Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011 allows gasoline to compete freely with ethanol and methanol. We’ve heard a lot about ethanol. But what about methanol? What is it? What is it made from? The following facts are derived from an informative PDF document on methanol, which you can download. Also known as wood alcohol, […]

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