Why The Electrification Big Con?

I’ve pondered for a good long while just why there would be such a push to abandon oil & gas. What’s the real big benefit? It isn’t cheaper goods, services, and transportation. It isn’t “saving the planet” as there is no Global Warming.

So why all the push to move everyone to electric cars and trucks, to electrify all the oil & gas using parts of the economy? Why the electrification big con?

So first look at who is pushing it and where they are from. We know the 3rd World economies have been bought off to get on side with the program. Promised $200 Billion / year or so from the USA Sugar Daddy. (Trump, thankfully, has saved us from that bit of the con via canning the Paris Agreement.) Russia signed up for it thinking they’d get some bucks too (or maybe some nice technology transfers) but Russia has never believed in the Climate Con. They have stated they are preparing for cold.

That leaves Japan, Europe, and North America as the big remaining players in the global economy, plus a pile of OPEC oil sources – and the attendant banked $Billions.

The USA is self sufficient in oil, gas, and coal. We’ve been pushed, reluctantly, and via a Green Lie into tepid “me too” following. Europe has been doing the leading. Why might Europe want to get the world off of oil and gas, hmmm?

Found that last image at Tallbloke’s here:

https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/bp-ceo-sanctions-would-virtually-shut-down-the-energy-systems-of-europe/

Image from: https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=14691

So let’s say you were horribly dependent on imported oil and gas, so much so that it drained massive amounts of your money. Further, if you were to stop using it, the costs to produce goods and services would rise dramatically. That would make your already way expensive products even more expensive and non-competitive What to do, what to do…

Perhaps try to find a way to make your competitors in the global markets use the same “alternative” energy sources? But you can’t just tell them to raise their cost basis for everything they make to insane levels just to please you. No, you need a reason why they just can’t use all the energy supply they have. Something horrible that will happen, something that’s an existential threat to them if they do.

How about a con where you convince them it will destroy the planet and end life as we know it? Think that might work? Gin up some “science” to “prove” it, then get everyone to sign on to a treaty requiring them to use the same crap energy sources you have to use.

But that would just crush the 3rd World countries. OK, need to get a “mark” to pony up the bribe money to buy them off. Soak the USA for a few hundred $Billion a year. Yeah, that ought to cover it…

True? I don’t know. Passes Occam’s Razor? Oh yeah…

Now, for seasoning, what about this speculation:

There are rumors that the Saudi Oil fields are pumping a lot more water these days. That the light crude is showing signs of being an old field near end of life. They have other fields, but heavier and sour in comparison. So the Saudi’s just might be thinking it’s time to branch out into other money supplies.

Europe, knowing the big oil supply may be ramping down in a decade or two need to cut over to other energy supplies, and the Saudis need a new money supply; but presently hold most of the investment capital in the world. So…

Talk to the Saudis. Sell them on the notion of using all that lovely €Money from their banks to build all the new energy supply. They stay in the energy business and Europe gets some capital recycled, a bunch of jobs for their 20% unemployed, and everyone is happy. Well, except for the rate payers, but who cares about them…

Just need to get those pesky Americans to buy the Climate Con and you’re golden…

The part I don’t see fitting this speculation:

Europe has coal. Are they just not using it to sell the con, or what? Is it that there is so little coal in Europe it can’t replace all the oil & gas?

Nuclear. It works. It is really the only long term energy source for stable dispatchable cheap electricity. France & Japan show you can run modern economies on it. Just nuclear paranoia or what?

So that’s my muse for the day. Rampant speculation that the Climate Con is just a way for Europe to fix their oil & gas addiction and import problems without being at a competitive disadvantage in trade. The whole push to electric cars and all is just a way to solve the European oil & gas import problems. Perhaps with a bit of “keep Russia out” frosting on top.

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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25 Responses to Why The Electrification Big Con?

  1. H.R. says:

    E.M., when the GEBs set up to demonize “Caaahbon’ and tax the snot out of it, there had to be alternatives. It didn’t hurt that wind and solar were ripe for subsidy mining.

    Damn the practicality of it all. Full speed ahead into a government taxing the air and requiring people to buy new stuff. Ahooooogah!

  2. philjourdan says:

    Muse: Electricity requires dependence upon regulated monopolies (i.e. Government). Gas does not. Ween people off of independence from government to dependence on government.

    It is not new or that difficult. The aim of the globalists is to create a dependent class. To that end, they must destroy all forms of independence. The biggest one is the internal combustion engine.

  3. H.R. says:

    Oh, it’s been quoted on WUWT often enough, but that German(?) head of the IPCC said roughly at one time, “It’s not important whether or not global warming is true. It is our chance to rearrange the global economy and redistribute the wealth.”

    I’m not the only one to make this cynical observation, but going back to the ’50s, the solution to any crises is to eliminate fossil fuels, raise taxes, increase regulations, and create a one world government.

    It’s turtles and GEBs all the way down.

  4. Terry Jackson says:

    Electricity is a regulated market; oil, gas, and coal are not. Politicians control the utility regulators. The market regulates the pricing of oil and gas, so you see things like oil going to $140.bbl and dropping sharply to under $40, then a slow climb to around $70. The market encourages advances in directional drilling, which increases supply and tamps down price increases.

    Regulators can mandate the use of wind and solar and prohibit burning coal. Coal is just so dirty, so last century, so reeking of yukky sweaty men in soiled clothes. And nuclear, why they make bombs out to that stuff. We gentle people don’t want any part of something that uncool. Solar, though is really hip. Just some nice panels on the roof and I get power for free. It works fine in cool and trendy places like Albuquerque and San Antonio, so lets use it in Fargo and Fairbanks.

    My conclusion is that policy is made by ignorant, sensitive, elites, and enforced by ignorant, loud, ill-behaved louts, and all cheered on by the press.

  5. Pouncer says:

    Paralleling other discussions here, electricity is, like labor, a fairly perishable, variable resource.

    We lose a lot of power trying to store it, and our demands fluctuate a lot over the course of a day or a year. Peak load and base load. This is oddly more a problem for 20th fissile fuels than 19th century fossil fuel. When the population turns out the lights and goes to bed, the city can cut back on shoveling coal, and spin down a turbine. Night after night, no problem. Pull the control rods up and down daily in a fission pile and U2O6 fuel pellets tend to deform, warping in strange and unpredictable ways. If one would or could operate a fission pile at a consistent level for “base load” and top off the daytime peaks with gas or even if necessary, coal, the cost of operating a nuclear plant would be less and the fuel costs of the fossil plant would be less, (but the CAPITAL costs of having two heat sources would be more…)

  6. p.g.sharrow says:

    The first error, is that there is a Mr.BIG is planning and executing some Grand Plan. I have been on the edge of this since the early 1970s and have paid attention. It is more like a nest of vipers each trying to gain advantage for their own special interest. The oil guys pay the Ecoloons to disrupt the Nuclear guys, the Nuclear guys pay the loons to disrupt the Gas guys. The Gas guys pay to disrupt the Hydros. Enron lobbies the politicians to let them create and manage Carbon credits and pay the Ecos to demonize Carbon. The Communists use all of this as a ruse for World Government and the World Government wants to secure a funding base. All pushing in the same general Liberal Progressive direction as they learned/taught in their schools that would result in Paradise on Earth for THEM.
    There is no Mr BIG, just a bunch of G.E.B.s and their fellow travelers…pg.

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    @p.g.sharrow

    Where is your like button?
    I have tried to explain that to several folks, what looks like a grand conspiracy is just a bunch of predators with similar goals, taking advantage as opportunities emerge.

    There is no mastermind that tells rioters to loot a liquor store, they just all respond to the opportunity for their own selfish reasons. They might help each other incidentally but it is just a spur of the moment transaction that is beneficial to both. (if you help me load the cash safe in my car, I will pull the bars off the windows when I drive away.)

  8. p.g.sharrow says:

    There is only one long term solution to Industrial levels of Electrical generation, Nuclear with Hydro backup. And liquid fuel for transportation. All the rest is a circle jerk that wastes resources and time. We know we are dealing with Stupid Politicians, They demand electrification of transportation while shutting down dependable generation. Only Liberal Progressives can be so deliberately stupid. There is no cure for stupid.
    Before Edmond “Pat” Brown took over, California was a wonder of the world for it’s forward thinking that was creating vast wealth for everyone, their school system was the envy of the world. Brown sold out the state government and the school system to the Democrats and their communist lead Unions in exchange for union support of the Democrats. Reagan has been the only real Republican Governor since. The other Republicans have been RINOs backed up with fellow travelers because few Real Republicans are allowed to get their political feet in the door.
    But this may be changing in the chaotic disaster of this last “Moonbeam”Brown administration….pg

  9. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Larry, we have a wonderful group of wise Village Elders here that comment and share knowledge, information and insight. I don’t know how heavy the lurker traffic is here on Smith’s blog but I am sure we are getting through to people that talk to people. People listen even if they don’t comment here…pg

  10. seabrznsun says:

    I sure wish you had a “like” button. Oh well, Like ☑️

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.:

    I don’t have a large following, but I have a quality following. Typically I’m a “few thousand” views / day. I’m not going to “out” anyone, but I know of a couple of “Names” who are followers along with a couple of news agencies… I’ve seen some times things we hash out showing up on news shows a day or two later (on a couple of different networks). Could just be coincidence of talking about the same things, but I like to think not ;-) Anyone wants to pick up an idea they find here and use it or write it up, pretty much fine with me. (Specific text is subject to copyright but ideas are free…)

    One interesting one was Trump calling the Democrats “Dims” and saying he thought it came from some news folks at a particular station “first”… while I know I was using “Dimocrat” before then and some of them were reading here, then…

    Now is that a “tell” or just a parallel invention of an obvious sort? No way to know… so I choose the answer that makes me feel better ;-)

    IMHO it comes from keeping things relatively civil, damping the trash talkers, and valuing truth and logic over emotional mud. My goal is to have a “notebook” where I can keep notes on interesting things, and a “traditional coffee house” or “around the pot belly stove at the general store” place for polite even if not in agreement discussions. It’s where I’d like to be, so I hope that is what others would want. Lurkers always welcome, too ;-)

    @Seabrznsun:

    The problem with “like” buttons is I’d get an email each time one is clicked – and I just can’t deal with that added traffic. As it is, I can’t keep my email properly serviced. Then: what does it do other than ego strokes? As one of my motivations is the Buddhist displacement of ego, stroking it would not be in keeping… ( but go ahead, I’m not very far down that path yet ;-) I’m to the point where I don’t feel motivated to seek it out, but still enjoy when it shows up on its own…

    I’m also not trying to monetize anything nor build a massive following. This isn’t a business for me, just something that grew organically from my wanting a place to save things I’d written (originally in comments on other sites). Basically I do it for fun and personal fulfillment. Anything else is icing on top. Kind of an “open book” record of musing and ponders. Recreational thinking out loud…

  12. Simon Derricutt says:

    I saw this a few days ago, which talks about electrification : https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45786690 . I don’t see the infrastructure being sufficient, and I don’t see the massive building of new power-stations and the grid upgrade going on, since it’s pretty obvious that electric cars will place a massive extra load on the grid. What happens if an evacuation is mandated, and everyone is told to move a few hundred miles away, as recently happened in the USA? I can just see people trying to all book the only self-driving car in the village to get 300 miles away by tomorrow….

    Of course, living out in the sticks as I do, being restricted to booking a self-driving taxi at the time I need to go somewhere would make life difficult. Not so bad if you live in a city with good public transport (when they aren’t striking, of course) and the airport trip is only 20 minutes or so, but when it takes a couple of hours to get there and maybe another couple of hours of waiting if the plane is late, I can see shared electric self-driving cars not being optimal. Then again, Agenda 21 says all people should live in cities anyway with rail links to other cities for those that absolutely need to leave the plantation.

    It seems obvious to me that the cheapest way to get the power we want using current technology would be mass-produced (and thus fairly small and cheap) Molten Salt fission reactors, with (as pg says) use of HEP where geography allows it. Instead, the politicians go for vanity projects – the biggest one in the world and all that design effort going into one huge reactor with all the attendant scale-up problems. Mass-production brings lower cost per unit and increased reliability, and having a lot of small (and reliable) reactors gives a more resilient system.

    Of course, I’d actually like to have an electric car. I don’t like the smell of exhaust, or having Diesel on my hands. It just isn’t practical yet, though. Most weeks I only travel 4-8 miles or so, so most of the time it would be OK and could be charged by solar panels. Zero fuel cost. However, the battery would still need replacing after less than 10 years and so the cost per mile would be dramatically more than I currently need to spend. There’s also that occasional need for a longer trip (such as airport) where the battery would run out (and the range is reduced at night, in Winter, or in bad weather). That would mean I’d need to hire a car to do the airport trip – fine in principle, but there aren’t actually that many cars for hire around here and so that means booking early enough to be certain of getting one. Also raises the cost of an airport trip from around 20 euros to around 200 euros. Looks like over a decade, and electric car would increase my transport costs around 5 times or maybe more, and also reduce my capability to deal with unexpected things. Going to dial-up self-driving taxis would reduce that ability further, though might be cheaper.

    Of course, the stuff we’re working on may solve the transport and energy problems, and also take away the need for massive power stations and thus the control that gives to the government. I can’t yet guarantee it will work, though. If it was easy, it would have been done before….

  13. A C Osborn says:

    p.g.sharrow says: 14 October 2018 at 4:00 am
    “There is no Mr BIG, just a bunch of G.E.B.s and their fellow travelers”
    But those G.E.B.s are organised and co-ordinated, they want to be the new world order in their Globalist Utopia.

  14. cdquarles says:

    Plus, they seem to forget history. Oh well. So, they want us to go back to the mid 19th to mid 20th centuries? I don’t think so. Free markets are real-time, self-regulating dynamic things. They’re adaptable in ways that top-down, command & control systems simply can’t be. Those systems look like they work just fine, until they fail; and when they fail, it’s ugly. They’re way more ‘wasteful’, too, particularly when conditions are ‘out of tolerance’.

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    @ACOsborn:

    Yes, there is clearly lots of coordination (why else have G20 meetings and Davos and Bildeburger and..) and there is also clearly competition between players. This mix is well known to economics as “coopetition” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coopetition

    Yet inside a group of 1000 G.E.B.s there will be some pigs more equal than others. Like Soros who is out to personally remake the world and using extreme leverage groups to do it. Compare that to Bill Gates who is in the same strata but mostly just played footsy with the TLAs to give them weaknesses they could exploit so they gave him a desktop monopoly. (At one time Boing was an all Macintosh shop – right when Microsoft started doing things that were horrid to this security guy, Boing swapped to all MS PCs with no obvious reason – I suspect some Govt. “suggestions”. That is just one of many for that time…)

    So yes, it isn’t as simple as one Mr. Big. It’s a rats nest of 1000+ in Coopetition with maybe 3 or 4 Mr. Bigs at the core of it and grading out to lesser Mr. Bigs in layers around them.

    @Simon:

    That’s the thing that has me most shaking my head. We are already very marginal on electric capacity (here in California as in the UK and some other “progressive” places) with California importing significant capacity from Washington State and Arizona. Places like Germany having shut their nukes and gone highly wind & solar have Poland putting up protective equipment at the border to prevent the huge surges of excess supply and demand from destabilizing their grid.

    So into that mess “they” intend to put the massive demand for energy currently met by oil in vehicles. That’s more than a double of total demand. It simply can not be done on the present grid. The fantasy is that cars will be charged from the sun during the day somewhere and then supply power in the evening at the dinner surge of demand. Yet that can only work if the cars are near the solar panels like in Silicon Valley where companies are disbursed with massive car parking areas suited to solar panels all over. So that’s going to happen when they are demanding everyone go into dense urban living like San Francisco or NYC?

    There are just so many demands that are in exact opposition to reality constraints that there are only 3 possible reasonable explanations I can see:

    1) “They” are incredibly stupid and out of touch with realty to an astounding degree.
    2) The goal is not to have it work, the goal is to crash the system.
    3) “They” don’t care about having it work as long as each personally gets a few $Billion in pocket.

    IMHO, all are accurate but for different factions. 1 is the “useful idiots” advocating and not understanding. 2 is the Marxist component. 3 is the top tier of GEBs.

    The problem for the rest of us is that as things hit the wall, we still have to get to work, raise a family, etc. etc.

    Per electric car limits:

    Yeah the idea is to have them for city cars and the fantasy of cross country trips as a theoretical. After all, anyone who really wants to go cross country ought to fly or take a train (depending on status…) So once you herd all the folks in Florida into Miami & Orlando, there isn’t any need to evacuate them in a hurricane; just “shelter in place” in a nice concrete bunker in your skyscraper…

    The reality is that all those homes in suburbs are NOT going away in the next 40 years. Folks in Miami need at least 600 miles range to get to safety (some Hurricanes aimed at Miami can end up chasing you around the peninsula as they wander, so getting to Atlanta is a minimum requirement – that’s 663 miles). Folks in California regularly do a run from San Francisco to the LA Basin and back (or the reverse). That’s also about 600 miles. Toss in a few hours of charging in the middle of that and it’s a huge PITA. Similarly, look at the solid 2 to 4 lanes of traffic on the associated freeways. Count the vehicles / hour. Now where are the chargers to charge 2 x Veh./hr. at the half way point, eh?

    It’s bad enough with a 400+ mile range car and one mandatory gas-up (gas, food, potty) of about 1/2 hour. Trying to do it with a Tesla is a PITA ( at least one but really 2 charges of a couple of hours each IF you can find a charge point). Doing it in a Leaf is 4 to 5 charges…

    Oh, and there isn’t a giant grid connect for all the needed GigaWatts to those mid points, nor will the normal traffic support the cost of putting them in for when an emergency arrives. All that stored gasoline in big station tanks is barely enough for the gas cars…

  16. John F. Hultquist says:

    Why the electrification big con?

    I think Pierre Gosselin’s NoTricksZone had a post (my be he wrote it) a few years back tracing the Kyoto Protocol as a 1997 deal that follows the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
    The text of Kyoto was, according to someone, written by the hard core German Greens née Communists. Insofar as the intent of communists is to replace western capitalistic democracies, the Kyoto text mainly exempted the combined East+West Germany and directed much of the harm to the USA (and other functioning developed countries).

    It is not a big conceptual jump to see how corporate innovators and entrepreneurs would respond to the massive UN push. Poorly educated politicians in the USA tumbled to this like dominoes. This was on display this week with ExxonMobil giving $1 million to promote a carbon tax-and-dividend plan.

  17. Larry Ledwick says:

    One of the biggest issues with mass evacuation is everybody runs out of gas between 200 -300 miles (since at the start of the emergency few will have a full tank could be less that the average fuel tank range). What you end up with is a parking lot 200+ miles from home where everyone is either out of gas or driving on fumes looking for a gas station that still has fuel. Given gas station tank sizes are predicted on the assumption that they can get fuel deliveries every 2 – 3 days during high demand periods like holiday weekends, once you pass that traffic flow you suck all the tanks dry.

    There is a limit to how many fuel tank trucks you can shuttle back and forth and at some point they end up running gas loads 24×7 to keep up with demand.

    The only solution I was able to work out was to move fuel by rail car to that 200+ mile zone and find a way to draw fuel off the rail cars and let the tanker trucks make very short runs to the stations so they lost less time traveling and were pretty much immune to traffic jams.

    In terms of energy density and refill time hydrocarbon fuels are run away winners when compared to electrical charging. The only electrical car that makes any sense to me at all is a hybrid which has the means of moving under its internal combustion engine power when the battery is drained.

    Actually my preferred setup would be a hybrid that had two internal combustion engines. A very small ultra high efficiency internal combustion engine generator set designed to run at constant rpm to feed base electrical demand to the battery, and secondary charging capacity off the larger engine capable of moving the car on the highway. At highway cruise a car only needs about 12 -15 horsepower to over come air drag and rolling resistance, so that would be the power output of the base load gen set, it could run indefinitely on gasoline as long as you kept it fueled and the other engine would provide passing and hill climbing power when needed – again at efficiency optimized load. Once current draw from the battery exceeded some steady state threshold the secondary generation would kick in to meet the need.

  18. cdquarles says:

    Exactly, Larry. Plus, road capacity has been choked, in part deliberately. I’ve been an EMA person. I’ve dreamed scenarios … worst case scenarios. There are several reasons why I don’t like big cities. Visit them, sure. Live there … I’d rather not. Full and fast evacuation of a big city is economically nigh on impossible. The laws of economics are just as hard as the laws of chemistry and physics; willful magic thinking by politicians notwithstanding.

  19. p.g.sharrow says:

    “The laws of economics are just as hard as the laws of chemistry and physics; willful magic thinking by politicians notwithstanding.”
    Now that needs to be engraved into the brain of every Politician and Bureaucrat before they draw theie fist paycheck…pg

  20. Ian W says:

    Larry Ledwick said:
    “One of the biggest issues with mass evacuation is everybody runs out of gas between 200 -300 miles (since at the start of the emergency few will have a full tank could be less that the average fuel tank range). What you end up with is a parking lot 200+ miles from home where everyone is either out of gas or driving on fumes looking for a gas station that still has fuel.”

    This was the case last year when the mass evacuation North was made in Florida. When cars got to around the I-4 level on the I-95 they had reached the fumes stage. Unfortunately, some of the outer bands of the hurricane had already caused power failures so some areas the gas stations were dark in others they had hour long queues. Now when a normal gas fueled car runs out it can be refueled by walking to a gas station and getting a can of gas. When an electric car runs out it is a brick. So driving around on fumes will end up with bricks scattered along the interstate. Not only that but at the start of the ‘hurricane season I ensure I have some spare gas so I can get in my car which is ~600 miles range and refuel on the road possibly to 1000 miles range almost in one continuous drive. over possibly 20 hours. An electric car could take 2 or 3 days to do the same journey as it will have to stop for a few hours every 300 miles.

    EVs are townie virtue signalling playthings; they are no use if you think you might be required to evacuate with little notice to somewhere 800 miles away.

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    My Diesel easily does 450 miles and if not at 80 MPH and driven into the reserve range I’ve done 500 in it. It can be refueled in an emergency using “Lamp Oil” or kerosene from the hardware store or cooking oil from the grocery store (best if the engine is already running and hot or added to a tank that’s still 1/2 full of Diesel or Kerosene).

    I once added 2 gallons of lamp oil to the old Diesel Wagon when at Tahoe to “winterize” the fuel. I’d driven 200 miles up the hill and parked it, in the process going from warm sea level to 5000 or 6000 feet and below zero C (about 10 F ), then parked at the hotel… Next morning (in the dark…) starting was a “challenge”. I did get it started, then winterized at the hardware store, and went skiing. Filled with #1 diesel after the day was done and no further problems…

    There’s a reason the Old Mercedes Diesel is my survival / disaster car…

    It can also run on about 25% Regular Gasoline, Stoddard solvent, and a few other things…

    Oh, and I’ve got 2 x 5 gallon plastic fuel “cans” that can go in the trunk…

    Were I in a hurricane location and one was brewing, at least every 2nd day I’d top up the tank to full, and I’d have the two cans full at home. With 750 miles without a gas station needed, then “any store will do” from gas stations to hardware stores to grocery stores, I think I’d be able to make it out OK ;-)

    Oh, and while expensive, ATF runs really really well ;-) Think WalMart is going to run out of kerosene, ATF, light motor oil, camping fuel, paint thinner, etc. etc. etc. to absolute zero?

    FWIW, this does not work in “modern” Diesels with computerized crap on the engine. They will detect sub-optimal fuel and refuse to run. It is the mid-80’s and older pre-combustion chamber Bosch injector pump models that are omnivorous. The design of the early Mercedes Diesels arose from the Nazi military staff cars. I’ve driven my 240 D over “Christmas Tree Pass” where the signs say “4 Wheel drive recommended past this point” and it is steep rutted dirt roads over the mountains… Good ground clearance and very low first gear ;-) manual transmission.

  22. Power Grab says:

    Speaking of alternative fuels…

    While looking for songs for a program to commemorate a local hero, who was born in 1904 and died in the early 1990s, I have come upon some interesting old tunes.

    Here is one I found just the other day:

    “The Little Ford Rambled Right Along” – by Byron Gay and C. R. foster, (c) 1914.

    Now Henry Jones and a pretty little queen,
    Took a ride one day in his big limousine,
    The car kicked up and the engine wouldn’t crank,
    There wasn’t any gas in the gasoline tank,
    About that time along came Nord,
    And he rambled right along in his little old Ford;
    And he stole that Queen as his engine sang a song,
    And his little old Ford just rambled right along.

    And his little old Ford it rambled right along,
    And the little old Ford it rambled right along,
    The gas burned out in the big machine,
    But the darned little Ford don’t need gasoline.
    The big limousine had to back down hill,
    The blamed little Ford is going up still,
    When she blows out a tire just wrap it up with wire,
    And the little Ford will ramble right along.

    Now they ran over glass and they ran over nails,
    And they ran over pigs and puppy dogs’ tails,
    They spotted a cop and shot out of sight,
    They rambled all day and they rambled all night,
    They smashed up fences and telegraph poles,
    They bumped into ditches and deep chuck holes,
    They bumped into a preacher and the preacher took a ride,
    And the Ford rambled on with Johnny and his bride.

    And the little old Ford it rambled right along,
    And the little old Ford it rambled right along,
    He swung around the corner and he bumped into a mule;
    And the darned old jackass kicked like a fool;
    He kicked and he kicked and he kicked the wheels,
    But he had to quit kicking to save his heels,
    When it runs out of dope just fill it up with soap,
    And the little Ford will ramble right along.

    You can smash the top and smash up the seat,
    You can twist it out of shape ’til both ends meet;
    Smash the body and rip out a gear;
    Smash up the front and smash up the rear;
    Smash up the fender and rip off the tires,
    Smash up the lamps and cut out the wires;
    Throw in the clutch and then forget the juice,
    And the little old Ford will go to beat the deuce.

    And the little old Ford it rambled right along,
    And the little old Ford it rambled right along,
    Now cut that out you naughty tease,
    ‘Tis a left hand driver and a right hand squeeze,
    Patch it up with a piece of string,
    Spearmint gum or any old thing,
    When the power gets sick just hit it with a brick,
    And the little Ford will ramble right along.

    The street car company was making people stand,
    There was room for a foot and a strap for a hand.
    The poor suburbanites were standing in the street,
    The language they were using wasn’t very sweet.
    Along came a Ford with a big white sign
    That a nickel took you out to the end of the line;
    It stole those people as the trolley came along.
    And the little old Ford sang a five cent song.

    And the little old Ford, it rambled right along.
    And the little old Ford, it rambled right along.
    The street car ran with an empty house,
    For everybody rode on the little “road louse,”
    The street car people nearly had a fit,
    But the blamed little Ford, it didn’t care a bit,
    When you want to get some graft,
    Just load up your funny craft,
    And the little Ford will ramble right along.

    I thought I figured out it ran on moonshine, but then it brought up running it on soap. Maybe they’re just pulling my leg?

  23. Rob says:

    Compressed Natural Gas
    US has lots of natural gas
    Tank in trunk gives you a 100 mile range.
    Buses run well on the stuff
    Why not cars ??
    Distribution system already reaches most homes.
    Talk about Flex Fuel.
    In Karachi in taxis they have a switch to go between gasoline and NG
    with NG preferred because it is cheaper.
    What am I missing ??
    What would Elon think ??

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    @Rob:

    There are lots of CNG cars and buses in use here already. There are a couple of issues:

    1) The tanks cost a few $Thousand and do not last forever. The length has gotten larger, up from 5 to 10 to now about 15 years. Then you buy new tanks. That basically means your car expires when the tanks expire ’cause folks won’t spend another $4000 to ‘refresh’ the tanks of a $2000 old used car.

    2) You lose most of your trunk.

    3) The Ford Crown Vic I test drove got 150 miles / fillup. You fill up at the airport (or spend $4000 for a home CNG compressor…). That means a trip to the airport roughly every week for me. IF you run out, its a $100 tow truck to get it filled up, so you don’t do 150 miles… you do 100. That means about every other day going to the airport for folks commuting 25 miles each way to work. PITA to do that and I’m not fond of the airport.

    4) You must have an “account” to fill up (last time I looked). Not just stick a credit card in the machine. So you have yet another thing to deal with. Setting up the account, managing it.

    5) To get the “bennies” (like an access to commuter lane sticker) you can NOT have a dual fuel car. It must be CNG only. Forget that weekend trip to L.A. … filling up 6 times each way and finding where to fill up makes it just a pain, then you don’t have much trunk for luggage.

    6) Finding places that can work on it is not simple… nor as cheap as Joe’s Garage…

    So in the end I didn’t get one. Wanted one but it just didn’t make sense. That, then, means not many sell, which then makes resale value low (cycle down to zero…) especially when there is only a year or so left on the tanks and that $4000 bill is in your face as “soon”.

    They work OK for fleets with a central compressor and used for short runs, and for local delivery trucks. For buses and taxis they have to fill up a LOT as they drive a lot of miles / day. That cuts into revenue time, but the low cost of fuel can be worth it.

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