Gas is generally about $3 per gallon now and in some parts of the country, it is more than $4 per gallon.
That’s for regular.
It is extremely likely it will cost even more, soon – if only because of the decreased purchasing power of the “money” we’re forced to use to buy it with. That “money” being nothing more substantial than an officially endorsed piece of paper, of which many more can be printed at will by those who officiate – who control the printing presses, causing those previously printed to be worth less.
People used to talk about watching a “gas guzzler’s” fuel gauge needle go down as you drove. How about a gauge for the buying power of money? How fast does the government “guzzle” that?
But it’s not just that money buys less gas. There is also less gas.
And diesel, too – which can be thought of as less-refined oil, out of which both gas and diesel are made. Oil is being rendered artificially scarce – via restrictions on its extraction and “regulations” (an official sounding word meant to make decrees sound legitimate) that make it expensive to refine and taxes that make it expensive to buy – in order to counter the great abundance of this beneficent substance.
By rendering it artificially expensive.
For the same reason that it is artificially expensive to legally own a rifle capable of automatic fire, which isn’t a type of weapon that naturally costs three or four times as much to make as a semi-auto rife of similar type. It just costs more – because the government doesn’t want you to own one.
Just as the government doesn’t want you to drive a car.
Both the rifle and the car are tangible manifestations of independence from the government – i.e., they are empowering to the individual who owns them. The rifle levels the playing field. Being able to drive yourself wherever you like, whenever you like decentralizes it. You can afford to live where you like – and work where you like. You aren’t on anyone else’s schedule unless you want to be.
The government doesn’t like that.
It impedes the government’s determination to centralize everything, so as to control everything. You, most of all.
Assuming you don’t brew your own.
Well, not gas. That takes refining – and that takes specialized and very expensive, industrial-scale-distillation equipment beyond the means of pretty much anyone who isn’t named “BP” or “Exxon.” However, the distillation of alcohol doesn’t require a refinery – and pretty much any combustion engine that burns gasoline can burn alcohol.
In fact, most already do.
There has been a significant amount of alcohol in gas since the ’80s and today almost all the “gas” sold is at least 10 percent alcohol (E10). Many new cars are designed to burn 15 percent and some can take 85 percent. Any of them could handle 100 percent, after some modification of their fuel-delivery systems.
Older cars with carburetors rather than fuel injection are probably the easiest (and least expensive) to modify as their fuel systems are almost as simple as a push-mower’s. The main piece being the carburetor, which is basically a box that holds liquid fuel that is sucked into the engine by negative air pressure. The fuel being sucked can be gasoline or alcohol – with the main modification needed being to proportionately increase the amount of alcohol being sucked because alcohol doesn’t contain as much energy as gasoline.
This is called re-jetting, a reference to the size of the orifices through which the fuel flows. A larger diameter orifice richens the mixture (i.e., more fuel). Most carbs can be re-jetted easily with a screwdriver, used to remove the jet(s) within and screw in new (richer) ones to get the mixture right.
Other mods will be necessary, such as replacing gaskets and rubber parts and so on not originally made to accommodate alcohol – but it is not anything beyond the ken or capabilities of anyone who can tune a lawn mower engine.
Modern cars with electronic fuel injection could be less challenging to convert, because many were designed with alcohol-compatible fuel systems – including plastic rather than rust-prone steel fuel tanks (alcohol attracts water, which leads to rust in steel fuel tanks and inside steel fuel lines).
The main “mod” needed will be recalibration of their fuel-mapping.
Older models with mechanical injection (this will encompass most truck diesel engines made up to the early-mid 1990s) can burn almost anything that burns when compressed and heated within a cylinder. This includes vegetable oils, also home-brewable. Newer diesels can generally be modded to burn such fuel, too. The main mod needed being to disable/disconnect the emissions control systems.
Is it a hassle? Surely. The same is true of growing your own food. But which is preferable? Having food – or the hassle of growing it? Being able to drive? Or being cattle-prodded into some iteration of centrally controlled “transportation” over which you have no control?
. . .
Got a question about cars, Libertarian politics – or anything else? Click on the “ask Eric” link and send ’em in!
If you like what you’ve found here please consider supporting EPautos.
PS: Get an EPautos magnet or sticker or coaster in return for a $20 or more one-time donation or a $10 or more monthly recurring donation. (Please be sure to tell us you want a magnet or sticker or coaster – and also, provide an address, so we know where to mail the thing!)
My eBook about car buying (new and used) is also available for your favorite price – free! Click here. If that fails, email me at EPeters952@yahoo.com and I will send you a copy directly!