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    Is this in Store For US?
    McFarlane: Flex-Fuel Mandate Can Stop Energy Crisis
    Friday, March 2, 2012 02:04 PM
    By: Jim Meyers

    President Ronald Reagan’s national security adviser argues that American vehicles should be flex-fuel ready, capable of using methanol as well as gasoline, to counter rising oil prices that threaten to plunge the nation back into a recession.

    Robert McFarlane served as Reagan’s national security adviser from 1983 to 1985, and is the co-founder of the United States Energy Security Council, a nonprofit organization committed to energy security.

    Writing in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, McFarlane notes that new discoveries of huge amounts of natural gas embedded in shale deposits in several states can be used to make methanol, a clean and safe liquid fuel.

    And new cars and trucks can be adapted to burn methanol, ethanol, gasoline or any combination of the three for less than $100 per vehicle.

    It has been estimated that producers can deliver an amount of methanol fuel equivalent to the energy in a gallon of gasoline for about $3.

    “But we must get busy, because we’re about to face additional upward pressure on the price of oil,” McFarlane writes.

    The price of oil could rise to more than $200 a barrel in the next two to three years, and at that price “we will go back into recession and stay there for a long time,” according to McFarlane.

    He urges passage of bills now pending in both houses of Congress that would require car makers to produce flex-fuel ready vehicles.
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    Why should we process natural gas for flex fuel when we can burn it straight out of the well head.
    This why the oil companies are fighting natural gas with their super pacs.

    They want to charge us 3.00 a gallon or more to process it.

    Heck they are afraid of Natural Gas, they know it will break their strangle hold on the Country with high gas prices almost at will.

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    Re: Is This In Store For US

    In my opinion, they are not afraid of natural gas, they just want full control of marketing it. If we are not 100% dependent of the oil companies "gas stations" for our transportation fuels, then they are missing out on marketing opportunities when we don't have to stop for fuel and pick up additional high price items at their "convenience" stores. You know, all that impulse stuff that's good for you like sodas, candy, beer, cigarettes, lottery tickets and on and on. The whole Methane to Hydrogen is another matter with the same outcome--something you have to buy through them. In addition, the government is missing out on one stop taxation when someone can refuel at home with natural gas or electricity. Their whole GTL (gas to liquids) approach is an effort to convert Methane into things that are familar to the average consumer that have to be purchased from their retail locations. Although natural gas and electricity prices change over time they are less affected by spikes like motor fuels as their costs are regulated by each State through various utility commissions which benefits home refuelers. If I was a oil company with natural gas operations, I would be embracing CNG. However, most natural gas is distributed by utilities not by the oil companies directly. So why do you want to convert Methane into methanol when you can use it directly in a vehicle? Or why use electricity or Methane to convert it to Hydrogen to run through a fuel cell to power an electric car when you can use the electricity directly? I think you can see the answer .


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      Re: Is This In Store For US

      And yet you say they are not afraid of CNG? And of losing their strangle hold.


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        By Sean Ottewell for CHEMICAL PROCESSING Oct 18, 2017 - Industrial synthesis of methanol could be on the cusp of a revolution following research carried out at the Cardiff Catalysis Institute in Wales. Researchers there have found a way to create methanol from methane using oxygen harnessed from the air — opening up a vista of greener and cheaper fuel, plastics and household chemicals.

        It also opens up the prospect for the first time of easily making methanol from natural gas at the site where it’s extracted, so that it can be piped as a liquid in normal atmospheric conditions. In contrast, today, methane has to be condensed into liquid natural gas and shipped in pressurized containers, he notes.


        • #5
          Interesting development, thanks for sharing. Inexpensive methanol production is the Holy Grail of moving natural gas energy from well to consumer, no doubt about it.