I went to Walmart today. I’m now wondering why. It was rather mobbed. The “class” of customer has dropped rapidly over the last several years. Much of the stock was “picked over” and in general it wasn’t pleasant. But there were a couple of things we need and one only they have, so “it is what it is”.
While there I decided to pick up 2 x 12 oz yellow bottles of “HEET” “fuel line drier” aka Methanol. California has effectively banned all methanol spirits as paint / lacquer thinner (though I did get some out of State) and as “Stove Fuel”; so all you Millionaire Yachts with the best ship board stoves in stainless steel and methanol fueled, you are SOL. On boats Methanol is by far the preferred fuel as the vapor is lighter than air, rises out of the ship and does not go BOOM! where Propane, Butane, etc. are heavy vapors, collect in the boat, and either can suffocate you or catch a spark and blow up your boat. So banning that fuel is incredibly Brain Dead.
Now I’ve got at least 1/2 dozen Methanol Fuel camp stoves. So no, I’m not going to just throw them away. I’ve got my stash of fuel. Though I used up one of my HEET bottles, so figured I’d just buy 2 at about $1.97 each and not need to open a big can.
At the Checkout…
The register flags “RESTRICTED SUBSTANCE!!!” a clerk will be here to assist you shortly. WT? So, OK, now “fuel line dryer” is RESTRICTED!!! and a just about minimum wage clerk must grant favor for you to buy it.
That got me wondering…
In most parks these days you are forbidden to collect and burn any wood. All that fuel that accumulates and makes for giant destructive wildfires MUST be left to accumulate. Can’t have folks reducing the fuel load everywhere year round. In SOME places you can bring your own wood, but even there, for California there’s “no burn days” that frequently stretch into years.
Now the Gas & Oil Companies are being told they must cut “emissions” by their customers, which can only come via less product. That puts all your fossil fuel stoves headed for the “no fuel” bin. Propane, Butane, Gasoline, Kerosene, Diesel…
So just what fuel WILL be left? “Solid fuel tabs”? Perhaps obscure enough to be overlooked for a while.
To me, it looks like Camping Fuel is or will be a microcosm of the Assault On American Fuels. It does look like via Gang Green there is a full on assault on the American Economy via shutting off fuel supplies. No coal. No gas. No oil. No wood. No anything.
We know Agenda 21 / Agenda 30 want to herd everyone into mega-cities and have us farmed as workers. How better to “clear the land” of those unsavory campers, independent farmers, rural residents and all than to shut off their fuel access and forbid burning their wood.
It does seem to fit the available evidence.
Sidebar on Methanol Cars:
In the early ’80s, the State of California was pushing Methanol fueled cars and had set up a series of fueling stations. I wanted to buy one, and checked out both the available VW and the Dodge product. These were 3 way flex fuel and would take any mix of gasoline, ethanol, and methanol.
I didn’t get one as they were outside my budget at the time, and when I went to the gas station, you could ONLY buy methanol with a State Card that tracked all the fuel you bought and only at the State Approved stations. Supposedly so they could study something or other. Well, be tracked was never a preference for me, so I declined to buy.
Needless to say the program slowly expired as most folks do not want the State riding with them all day every day.
So in about 40 years the State of California has gone from promoting Methanol as a very clean burning fuel roughly competitive with gasoline in cost, to banning it and restricting it.