12/20/2011 - IIEA Member eNews Alert
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Live In LA – A two-hour bonanza of information on the business opportunities for and uses of appropriate-scale alcohol fuel. Demos include:
- Ed Begley Jr. installing alcohol fuel conversion kit on his 2000 Toyota Prius
- Daryl Hannah presenting a complete alcohol fuel and eco-makeover of her Kill Bill movie-famous 1979 Pontiac Trans Am
- Alcohol fuel cookstove
- Kerosene furnace burner running on alcohol fuel
- An Alcohol Fuel business opportunity presentation by L. Hunter Lovins – President, Natural Capital Solutions
Live in LA DVD
Total Run TIme - 2 hours 2 min
$25.00 or buy our DVD special 3 for the price of 2
Green Auto – The EcoReview: Greening of the Auto Industry
An hour long interview and behind the scenes look at how David Blume and a top team of mechanics and body work specialists transformed Daryl Hannah's Kill Bill movie-famous 1979 Pontiac Trans Am from a gas guzzling garage ornament to a totally green road rocket powered by alcohol fuel and featured at media appearances as well as the New Living Expo in San Francisco. Disc features:
- A look at the "Green" body restoration work done by Karl Ryan owner- Professional Touch Auto Body, Scotts Valley CA
- A talk with engine conversion specialist and lead mechanic Dave Stoltz - Pacific Flyer Engineering, Auburn CA
- A discussion with Daryl Hannah and David Blume about the benefits and practicality of running all our cars, not just classic street rods, on readily available alcohol fuel
Green Auto DVD
Total Run TIme - 58 min
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Alcohol can be a gas! DVD
A two and a half hour comprehensive talk by regenerative Ag and Biofuel production expert David Blume that covers his critically acclaimed and Amazon.com best selling book "Alcohol Can Be A Gas!
This DVD includes
- Alcohol fuel demonstrations
- Anti-alcohol fuel Myth busting explanations
- A comprehensive discussion of potential fuel stocks, surplus and waste stream resources to use in making alcohol fuel for less than a dollar a gallon
- A discussion of developing high-return byproducts that increase revenue and work opportunities for fuel producers dramatically
Total Run Time 2 hours 30 minutes
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From the Pen of David Blume: This 600 page comprehensive guide to Regenerative Ag and appropriate-scale alcohol fuel production features more than 450 citations, illustrations, includes system design blueprints and a complete ATF Permit for your own still system.
Alcohol Can Be A Gas! The definitive resource for transforming our energy future!
David Blume's critically acclaimed book is the benchmark resource for people interested in producing their own clean, renewable appropriate-scale alcohol fuel for personal or commercial use for as little as 50 cents a gallon. You can use the fuel to completely replace your current gas habit! This encyclopedia offers detailed insight on every aspect of alcohol fuel production beginning with the origins of alcohol fuel use and production. Its 600 illustrated pages provide an entertaining and informative resource covering:
- Land assessment and use strategies
- Crop and fuel-stock sources
- Methods for developing high-value byproducts that stem from making your own alcohol fuel
- Uses for alcohol fuel (cooking, heating, refrigeration, electrical production and transportation)
- Engine conversion mechanics
- Permits and governmental requirements for producing home or commercial scale fuel
This is the primer for real energy independence and sustainable community development!
Give yourself the opportunity to produce your own homeland security. Produce your own abundant food and clean water, fuel for energy, transportation cooking and heating, and non-exportable job opportunities.
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Soft cover edition available as well for $49.95
About the book:
"The book that David Blume has written ought to be required reading for anyone who cares about the future. (Alcohol fuel) has a critical role to play. This is the definitive book." -Hunter Lovins, Co-Founder of Rocky Mountain Institute, Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, Professor at Presidio Graduate School, Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award??
"Brilliant! This book should be on the reading list of every American!!" -Thom Hartmann, New York Times bestselling Author and nationally syndicated Host of The Thom Hartmann Program on Air America??
"Many of the problems we face as a species come from the way we produce our energy. That is why David Blume is one of my all-time heroes." -Daryl Hannah, Actress, Environmentalist, and founder of the Biodiesel Alliance??
"Dave Blume has written the definitive opus on alcohol as a fuel.... This book is much needed in this era of Peak Oil and fast-accelerating climate change." -John Schaeffer, President and Founder of Real Goods, and Executive Director of the Institute for Solar Living
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Energy Policies: It's all about the money and the waste!
by David Blume – Executive Director - IIEA
Five years ago, I wrote in my book, “Alcohol Can Be a Gas!” that the oil companies don't want any part of renewable fuels. I also warned back then that the Oilygarchy has plans for a transition that makes crude oil look like Mr. Clean. One of my warnings was about costly and toxic tar sands being used to substitute for conventional oil as the world demand for energy outstrips our production.
By now anyone paying the least bit of attention to the news has heard about the (now stalled) plans for the Keystone Pipeline XL (extra long). The Pipeline’s lead advocate/beneficiary, TransCanada and its US dupes want to build this oil aqueduct even if it requires cutting through six states and scratching across 1661 miles to reach east Texas. We are told that is where refineries are wanting the opportunity to turn tar and sand into gasoline. Forget the obvious hazards, concerns and costly challenges they face to “make it so”, magic tar sands are now considered “conventional” oil and can be had for a price. But let’s be honest, tar sands goo is anything but conventional oil.
What is the water impact in this process? I’m glad you asked.
Let’s look at water requirements first. Up to 4.5 barrels of fresh water are used per barrel of tar-based oil produced. 90 percent of the water used in this process is contaminated and toxic yet it winds up in slimy tailing “lakes,” where propane cannons and floating scarecrows are used to try and keep ducks and other migrating waterfowl away. Birds unfortunate enough to land on the ponds sink into the oily morass like a Canadian version of the La Brea tar pits.
These ponds regularly leach pollution into the Athabasca River watershed, the third largest in the world. A watershed that provides breeding habitats for up to 3 million boreal songbirds that are going to be sacrificed to enable pumping toxic and finite gasoline resources to the US for processing. The five active oil sand mines released around 100 million pounds of harmful pollutants in waste lakes between 2006 and 2009, according to preliminary (which translates to, “give them time, they will find more”) records in Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI).
Also endangered by this project is the US Midwest Ogallala aquifer. This water table provides 30 percent of the nation’s irrigation water for farms as well as drinking water for people in every state supported by the Ogallala and crisscrossed by the Keystone pipeline plan. It would be tragically easy for even the smallest pipeline spill to contaminate the aquifer as some portions are very close to the surface.
How about energy used for processing? Thank you again, let’s consider that now.
10 percent of Canada’s TOTAL natural gas consumption goes to creating heat for extracting and upgrading the bitumen. 176 cubic meters of natural gas are required to liquefy, extract and purify each cubic meter -- this is enough to heat 3 million homes a day. Another way of looking at it is that it takes 4 barrels of natural gas energy to make one barrel of tar oil.
Keystone’s corporate daddy TransCanada has been knocking on farmers’ doors in Montana, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. “Mind if we run a pipeline under your property? A couple thousand bucks for you if it’s okay. If it’s not, we’ll pull eminent domain on you,” and yes they can. TransCanada has set up a corporation in Delaware to facilitate this. A lot of these states are ethanol producers but for all the talk of the ethanol lobby, it is the oil companies who rule the roost and get what they want.
Whenever Big Oil comes up with a scheme to save the U.S. from high gas prices, you know it will not only produce the opposite outcome, creating astronomically-high collateral damage and expenses as well as higher prices at the gas pumps. The truth is Big Oil could not make this tar crude if they didn’t have the US taxpayers picking up the tab for it. These are the costs our politicians will bend over backwards to ensure we don’t see.
Before the invasion of Iraq I saw an estimate that with all the tax breaks and subsidies and funds for military protection dirty energy gets, we were actually paying $15 a gallon for gas. Of course today’s price would far outstrip this estimate as we are paying for war costs that will carry over for generations of American workers to come. This is absolutely unwarranted and I’ll get back to this thought shortly.
Tar sands impact on Green House Gases, oh yeah, let’s look at that!
The tar sands are under 50,000 plus square miles in the Canadian province of Alberta, roughly an area the size of Florida. Most of them are under boreal forest, including 37 percent of Alberta’s Boreal Forest Natural Region. Boreal forests are the largest and most important storehouses of carbon in the world. At risk over the next decade are 740,000 more acres of boreal forest. While most statistics on the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) released by tar sands development refer to emissions from processing, for the most part they completely omit data on the GHGs released through the destruction of boreal forest, a “one time” massive release of carbon dioxide. Somehow they also neglect to include data on GHGs released in refining and using the petroleum product itself. When you add the next century of loss of the forest’s ability to absorb the gas out of the air we breathe, you are looking at a massive human intervention in our planet’s climate management.
Well you can’t have an economic omelet without breaking a few eggs eh? Proponents throw a lot of rosy numbers around: Keystone will bring $20 billion in revenues to the economy, $5.2 billion in property taxes to states, 20,000 high wage construction and manufacturing jobs. Oh that we could actually realize the fantastic spell they weave in these financial forecasts, but let's take a look at how they fall short of reality.
Consider the promise of Jobs. These represent a very real and emotional issue. Our own TransCanada-friendly State Department says their numbers are fantasy. No more than 6,000 direct jobs over three years will be provided and most of them will not be local and they will primarily be temporary positions. The Cornell Global Labor Institute thinks that with rising fuel prices, numerous spills (14 times within a year of Phase 1’s completion) and the health impact, the project could kill more jobs than it creates.
With a project of this magnitude you would think that pipeline safety would be the number one concern right? Well let’s see how it actually stacks up. The state of Nebraska's reluctance to see this pipeline crisscross virgin territory has included Democrat and Republican leaders. 47 percent of the steel for the just completed phase used untested and defective steel. Pipelines generally average more than 100 “significant” spills a year. Additionally, diluted bitumen, which runs through Keystone pipelines, is harder to clean up than conventional oil. Look at what happened on this year's Kalamazoo, Michigan spill of 843,000 gallons, which was 30 miles long. It took twelve hours to get to it and high levels of benzene forced evacuations of homes and even the Kellogg’s factory had to stop making cornflakes.
The cost of anything remotely associated with tar sands is stunning even to Big Oil. Consider that a Shell executive recently stated that Tar sands petroleum is as expensive to produce as any form of oil. For a company run by bean counters you think they would understand that growth at any cost doesn’t pencil out. However, as we saw in a recent expansion effort Shell made, that cost them $14 billion, it was only able to add 100,000 barrels per day of tar crude capacity for its efforts, literally a drop in the bucket. Our daily use of oil in the US is more than 100 times this amount. Big Oil can only make this work if oil prices are very high and if they are able to use governments to subsidize their desperate bid to extend the life of fossil fuels.
Clearly, heated tar pipelines are the most expensive to build in the world, even if you cut corners on materials. Pipelines don’t have to last forever, rather just as long as it takes to extract the cost effective resource (in the case of tar sands, no more than a couple of decades). Even if they have the lowest bidder building it, the construction and operation of something like the recently proposed Keystone pipeline will cost a fortune. Think how much energy and atmospheric emissions it takes to keep tar liquid in a North Dakota winter even with global warming.
Who will be hardest hit? Those who live closest to the pipeline and are least able to complain, Midwest farmers – analysts have said the amount they pay for fuel will rise from $12.4 in 2009 to $15 billion plus if the pipeline was to be built.
Like our own, the Canadian government is very generous to oil companies. How does $2.84 billion a year (2008 numbers) in subsidies to the Oilygarchy sound to you? As a new International Energy Agency report stated in 2010, $409 billion was spent by governments worldwide subsidizing fossil fuels, up 36 percent from the year before. But wait; didn’t Senator Diane Feinstein D-CA enter into a convenient marriage with Senator Tom Coburn R-Oklahoma to eliminate the comparatively tiny subsidies for alcohol fuels (about 1%) this year? Several studies now show that unlike black hole oil subsidies, every dollar of subsidy given to alcohol fuel generates $3 or more in tax revenues for local, state, and the federal government due to huge local economic activity.
In Alcohol Can Be A Gas!, I presented a common sense food and fuel production system that makes the most out of an acre of land. I demonstrated how this will financially outperform 2,000 acres of corn, producing alcohol and food while eliminating oil products from agriculture. Replacing oil with smaller scale domestic alcohol production will create 26 million permanent non-exportable jobs. Integrated alcohol fuel production cropping also reverses global climate change since crops suck in carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the soil in the form of carbohydrates and biomass.
If its such a good idea to use alcohol instead of tar sands why aren’t we taking the cheaper, cleaner, profitable, job creating, low tech path? After all, if its profitable wouldn’t the corporations that sell fuel want to make alcohol? It all has to do with who gets the money from energy. If you are the handful of transnational oil companies with stranded refineries in sucked dry Texas you need a new source of black goo to refine. Alcohol can be made by anyone and in particular the people who own the land the sun falls on and therefore the crops. So it’s a choice of whether we give our energy money to domestic farmers and entrepreneurs or do we give it to the same giant corporations that have been running our energy system badly for the last 100 years?
With decentralized locally produced alcohol fuel, we can free ourselves from energy companies like TransCanada. Actress-activist Daryl Hannah, who is running her 1979 “Kill Bill” Pontiac Trans Am on moonshine made from food processing waste feels great about not using any dirty energy. Before she was arrested at the recent Keystone XL protests in Washington, she said, “We want to be free from the horrible death and destruction that fossil fuels cause and have a clean energy future.”
Alcohol provides us with a democratic, decentralized energy anyone, almost anywhere can make and use. In the US alone we have 11 billion tons of annual food waste surplus and any entrepreneur worth his kale chips can make all the fuel he wants from that resource alone. Any farmer can produce appropriate-scale alcohol fuel from more than 20 crops that are far more productive per acre than corn.
The fuel-injected car you drive now can run on alcohol now with minor modifications and in 2012 every other car that Ford makes will intentionally run on both alcohol and gas. Your home can be electrified, heated and cooled with alcohol now. The reason Big Oil doesn’t want you to know about the alcohol alternative to oil that’s always been here, is that it only costs about $40 a barrel.
How much $150/barrel tar sands oil are you going to want to buy when there’s a clean, low cost local fuel alternative? The answer is none! That is why it takes massive media manipulation and government intervention campaigns to condemn the land for a 1600-mile pipeline that only a Texas oilman could love while taking away the few cents that alcohol earned for providing the only competition at the pump for gasoline.
Right now the official pipeline approval is in abatement. Your Congresscritter did not even get to vote on this pipeline since it only needs a presidential approval for the Canadian company to ram it deep through the fertile farmland of our country using eminent domain.
Here’s what to do to help ensure we don’t see a Keystone pipeline Phoenix rising.
2) Tell them that what we should be doing is helping our farmers reclaim energy production for the American people by supporting renewable alcohol fuel.
3) Start using American-made alcohol fuel today! Use our website station finder (www.alcoholcanbeagas.com) to locate an alcohol station near you and add a gallon or two of super premium 105 octane alcohol (E-85) to your tank every time you fill up, (you can easily get to a point where 50% of your tank is e85 with no mechanical modification required). There’s already some alcohol in your fuel and the EPA tested and approved a 50% increase in the amount of alcohol with which you can run your car. That will be two gallons of cash you gave to farmers instead of oily transnational corporations.
Nothing speaks louder than our dollars. For 2012 let’s make a pact to not give them to Big Oil. Instead, let’s put that money where it can work for us. Pay yourself or pay your local alcohol fuel producer and presto, the transformation is on!
Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith, Common Dreams - http://www.commondreams.org/tim-costello-jeremy-brecher-and-brendan-smith
Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker - http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/elizabeth_kolbert/search?contributorName=elizabeth%20kolbert
Environmental Defence- Canada - http://environmentaldefence.ca/
NBC News/Daryl Hannah
Ellen Cantarow TomGram Dispatch - http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175376/ellen_cantarow_energy_is_ugly
IIEA Web/graphic artist wanted
If you have read or own any of IIEA’s latest educational outreach materials such as David Blume’s book Alcohol Can Be A Gas! or the several DVDs we have out now, you will no doubt be familiar with the work our great graphic artist contributor Ron Harper.
Ron worked with David for years creating the populist look and feel that has characterized IIEA. Sadly Ron passed away this year and is dearly missed by all of us. He was unique in his ability to communicate technical detail through natural imagery and always conveyed a sense of fun even as he helped us battle the massive American Petroleum Industry’s high-tech, big dollar propaganda.
IIEA is looking for some one to help with future design projects that include one off products as well as illustration and in an ideal world, that person will be able to help us redefine and clarify our Web presence.
Yes, everything changes and regenerates and at IIEA we need a talented, dedicated individual to help us create the future IIEA look and feel. If that person is you, please send a letter of interest with resume and work samples to: email@example.com
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