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  • What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    Climate Science Is Not Settled
    We are very far from the knowledge needed to make good climate policy, writes leading scientist Steven E. Koonin

    Dr. Koonin was undersecretary for science in the Energy Department during President Barack Obama's first term and is currently director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University.
  • What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    I hope everyone had a pleasant and safe Labor Day.

    I had a few surprises.

    On the downgrade portion of the SOS/DD trek, the MB GLK 250 B/T, T TDI posted 51.4 mpg (computer screen, this has been the BEST so far given how I drive and the environmental conditions) on the mountain portion, to app the 100 mile mark !!!! The rest of the 109 miles were successful in erasing that posting ! ?? Inadvertently, we had also left the A/C on ????

    The mpg was posted in spite of (or maybe because of) a 10 to 20 min accident delay on the two lane mountain road (one lane each way, single car accident? Toyota Camry rollover/turn over) The full compliment of emergency vehicles seemed to have showed: 2/3 ambulances, 4 SUV Leo trucks, 1 fire, 1 rescue, 2 tow trucks and a whole CA Trans roads (closing/detour) crew/s were present. I was not sure what other emergency vehicles had come and gone prior. The debris seemed to have EXPLODED all over the landscape and roads. I arrived in the cue, just as they blocked traffic to let two ambulances off and running, and quick and dirty hand sweeping of car path ways. The engine was left running.

    The more mundane surprise was on th upgrade leg of the trip, while (doing one) passing on the left, (wow what a rarity) I was the "road" boulder @ 90 mph. However, the car at my six was patiently waiting for me to complete the pass, so no road rage issue. Discretion being the better part of valor, I moved to the extreme right lane @ first SAFE opportunity. B) :D He zipped on by and pulled into the right lane also.

  • What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    @ruking1 said:

    So IF natural gas is supplied LOCALLY, this might be a HUGE HUGE HUGE game changer ! ?

    ..."Siluria Technologies says it can produce large quantities of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and chemicals at a lower cost than traditional refineries and chemical plants. At today's natural gas prices, Siluria's technology could make gasoline at roughly $1 per gallon, according to the company."....

    ..."Siluria's process doesn't require intense pressure and heat. It uses a chemical catalyst to take methane molecules from natural gas and combine them into ethylene, a hydrocarbon widely used in the chemical industry. The ethylene can be sold as its own product, or it can be processed with other catalysts to produce liquid fuels. The catalysts stitch together carbon atoms from the ethylene to create gasoline or diesel or jet fuel.

    "With a refinery, you're essentially boiling oil and separating it out," Iyer said. "We're building new molecules that weren't there before."...

    One of the articles' glaring "comparison" omission:

    ..." Siluria's technology could make gasoline at roughly $1 per gallon, according to the company."...

    Whsle gasoline is @ 2.5877 per gal., per Aug 22, 2014 WSJ . So IF this is a direct comparison, normal refinery gasoline is 2.59 TIMES more expensive.

    Large scale wars have been launched for delta's far narrower than this.

  • What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    Hold your WILD LIFE on solar, or is that vice versa !!! ???

  • What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    @stever said: Get the expensive GPS and maybe the POIs will tell you the size of the diesel nozzles. :D

    Actually, it is pretty much a no brainer. (DIESEL) TRUCK stops tend to have high flow nozzles with some pumps that DO have PVF nozzles !!!!! This is even better, as not many diesel cars tend to go to truck stops, aka little to NO waiting. Most truckers don't like to take on 250 gals+ of diesel fuel (normal capacity) dispensed with an "eye dropper". ;)

    Any NON truck stop that sells diesel has 100% "PVF" diesel nozzles.