A Car that Runs on Air

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Despite the billions poured into so-called hybrid cars, the electric/gasoline technology remains expensive, inefficient, awkward to use, and unpopular. The French company Citroen Peugeot has unveiled a hybrid car employing compressed air technology in conjunction with the internal combustion engine. The air is compressed with brake use and other means and is used to power the engine.

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Supposedly the new technology will save 45% on gasoline costs in highway driving and 80% in city driving. The first air-hybrid models will be priced about $1500.00 USD below comparable battery/gasoline hybrids.

The car was developed by a team of 100 Peugeot engineers who came up with the design in two years. There were no government subsidies, tax breaks, lengthy and expensive studies, or monetary grants involved.

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An air-hybrid system can be installed in parallel with existing gasoline models.

It is too soon to know whether the air-hybrid technology will develop into a significant technology for automobiles. We’ve seen many technologies in many areas from various medicines, to cold fusion, to solar and wind power, that have been splashed over the media, only to prove too expensive, unworkable, or inefficient to become major factors. They usually sink into obscurity or disappear completely. It’s too early to know whether or not this is another false start.

The point is, this technology was developed by private enterprise, not government. It wasn’t a huge expensive program involving billions of taxpayer dollars, thousands of bureaucrats, and years of time. Basically it was developed in the Citroen Peugeot garage by a handful of hardworking and intelligent geniuses.

 

UPDATE FROM REUTERS. 2/6/13

The reality is that consumers continue to show little interest in electric vehicles, or EVs, which dominated U.S. streets in the first decade of the 20th century before being displaced by gasoline-powered cars.

Despite the promise of “green” transportation – and despite billions of dollars in investment, most recently by Nissan Motor Co – EVs continue to be plagued by many of the problems that eventually scuttled electrics in the 1910s and more recently in the 1990s. Those include high cost, short driving range and lack of charging stations.

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Copenhagen Climate Summit

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From the Telegraph.co.uk:

This paragraph sums it up.

This week has been truly historic. It has marked the beginning of the landslide that is collapsing the whole AGW imposture. The pseudo-science of global warming is a global laughing stock and Copenhagen is a farce. In the warmist camp the Main Man is a railway engineer with huge investments in the carbon industry. That says it all. The world’s boiler being heroically damped down by the Fat Controller. Al Gore, occupant of the only private house that can be seen from space, so huge is its energy consumption, wanted to charge punters $1,200 to be photographed with him at Copenhagen. There is a man who is really worried about the planet’s future.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geraldwarner/100020279/copenhagen-climate-summit-most-important-paper-in-the-world-is-a-glorified-un-press-release/

Why Does This not Surprise Me?

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From CNN:
Washington (CNN) – The Environmental Protection Agency will announce Monday that greenhouse gases pose a threat to public health and welfare, two senior administration officials told CNN.

With the gas coming out of the global warming balloon, the government needs another scare tactic to justify its huge tax on the air we breathe. The nice thing about discovering that carbon dioxide is toxic, is that the same laws, taxes and fees that were to be used to fight global warming, can now be used to fight CO2. How convenient.

I am not a scientist, but I remember reading that carbon is part of every living thing. And I am sure we breathe oxygen. But when carbon is combines with oxyogen, it becomes a toxic poison. How ironic. I am thankful the EPA discovered this fact before it is too late for humanity. I wonder why no one stubbled onto this fact before.

The End Is Near

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Of course we have all heard of the coming end of the world brought on by man-made global warming. But there have been dozens of other doomsday scenarios floated around in the past few years. Some include:

The hole in the ozone layer leads to skin cancer, blindness and two-headed frogs.

Air pollution causes all sorts of health problems and leads to early deaths or careers in politics.

Over fishing is depopulating the seas, and the few fish that remain are full of mercury.

Erosion of our best farm land will make growing our food ever more difficult. And what land is not eroded away is being paved over for parking lots and suburban sprawl.

Toxic waste contaminates what land is left making much of the world’s surface unusable.

Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at an alarming rate. If the bat-winged fruit fly can go extinct, can humans be far behind?

Microbes, germs and viruses are evolving into ever more virulent strains. The new strains laugh at our vaccines and antibiotics.

Insects and rodents are consuming our food supplies and spreading diseases. They are increasingly immune to our feeble attempts to control them.

We are running out of clean water. What water we have left is full of lead, arsenic, and 100 other cancer causing elements.

Bees are disappearing, except for killer bees, which seem to be doing quite well.

Acid rain is killing forests and all life in our fresh water supplies.

Soon all natural resources will be depleted. And unlike through the whole of history, mankind will forget how to overcome various shortages with scientific and cultural advances.

The oceans are turning acidic from the excess carbon in the air. Before long only sharks will be able to survive in the seas.

A few days ago an asteroid came out of nowhere and brushed by the earth. It is only a matter of time until one hits us.

Cancer rates are up, exercise rates are down.

The food we eat is unhealthy and is killing us. What isn’t actually poison is full of cholesterol, trans-fats, and empty calories.

Nuclear waste is so dangerous it can neither be disposed of nor stored. Soon we will all glow in the dark.

 

I came up with this list in 10 minutes of thinking. If someone did a serious study, I feel sure they could come up with 100 times more problems. My conclusion: It’s all b.s.

Why Won't the U.S. Government Investigate the CRU Emails?

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Even though the relic media in the USA has given the CRU emails showing data manipulation almost no coverage, most people are aware that something fishy was going on among the global warming cultists. The headlines in the news today were that the United Nations was going to investigate the CRU emails that show the climate change data was fudged. This sounds like a good idea. But the U.S. government and its handmaiden, the relic media, has continued to ignore the story as it plunges headlong into legislating many life altering taxes, regulations, and programs. All are aimed at stopping the emission of carbon dioxide into the air. I wonder why?

So do a few congressmen, like Issa White, for example. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/70653-rep-issa-white-house-refusal-to-investigate-climategate-is-unconscionable

Currently there are several huge taxing, spending, and regulatory bills floating around congress that are based on the assumption that global warming is real, it is caused by man, and it can be halted. But if the “science” of global warming is based on manipulated numbers, why not take a deep breath and figure out what is indeed true and correct?

The reason seems clear to me. It is not about global warming. It is about increasing the size, scope and wealth of the government at the expense of the governed. But the governed are at their breaking point. They are largely finished with new tax and spend programs that grow every year and seem to accomplish little. And they are tired of having their lives micro managed by the nanny state, various experts, and blowhard politicians. However, if the world is going to end without the programs being pushed through congress, enough of the peasants might be convinced to get on board.

Didn’t Rahm Emanuel say “never let a good crisis go to waste?” Well, if we don’t have a good crisis, why not invent one?

Some Thoughts on Global Warming

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For the last 20+ years I have been hearing about global warming. A few years before that I was told by scientists that the world was cooling. I don’t know what to believe, if anything.

A few days ago some emails have hit the net that clearly show certain scientists have been cooking the global warming books. That led me to a few thoughts.

First, during my entire life I have not noticed any change in the climate. The summers are hot, the winters are cold, and the autumns and springs are in between. The ocean is is exactly the same place as it’s always been, neither higher nor lower.

Second, the global warming alarmists are being funded by government money. In turn, governments are attempting to extract new taxes from the governed in response to the science being produced by the alarmists. There is an unholy  symbiotic relationship between the government and science.

Third, the governments of the world are using global warming to extend ever more control over the lives of their citizens. It is the nature of all governments to want to usurp every more power.

Fourth, I am sure the earth’s climate has changed in the past, even before man was around spewing toxic gases into the atmosphere. For example the desert middle east must have once been lush enough to produce enough vegetation to form vast pools of oil. Same with the Alaska tundra.

Fifth, Al Gore wrote an opinion piece a few days ago calling for “sustainable capitalism.” This is clearly an example of a rat realizing the global warming ship is sinking trying to find another “cause” to promote.

My conclusion is that global warming is a scam.

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