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Make Your Own Fuel from Wine Answered

Mark Armstrong's Alternative Fuel Philosophy
If you don't like the vehicle or the fuel it drinks, make some of your own

It's on every billboard, bumpersticker and street placard: Let's Green This City! Urban Streets Greening Project! Each election ushers in new green initiatives, task forces, and elementary school awareness fairs. Another press conference, another earthy guy in an organic-cotton denim shirt and red Crocs stands in front of City Hall pointing an accusatory finger at the uninspired plebes who won't join us, who won't dare follow San Francisco on the righteous path toward a greener tomorrow.

Meanwhile, eco-conscious drivers can't get a drop of biodiesel in city limits, while Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and other surrounding cities offer it at public pumps. (In June 2007, city authorities closed the San Francisco Biodiesel Co-op, for - get this - having too many members.) Not one public pump in San Francisco sells ethanol. The few electric car-charging stations that remain are defunct, rundown or hidden in corners of musty garages, forgotten relics of a well-intentioned but poorly executed past. Our performance so far in fostering alternative fuels - the keystone of the green movement - is not just ironic; it's shameful.

"You know the easiest job in the world is to be a cynic," says Mark Armstrong, lifting his head from the hood of an electric-powered 1980 Plymouth Horizon. "In order to be successful you have to do absolutely nothing." Armstrong brushes his oily hands against his oily jeans and walks to the back of a cavernous concrete-floored warehouse, through a maze of Frankensteinian inventions: an electrolyzer that splits hydrogen and oxygen fuel, junky gas cars that run on golf-cart batteries, gutted petrol engines that gulp alcohol and a Mercedes motor that bakes bread and spits out edible olive oil.

"What I'm trying to do here is teach people to quit complaining about what they can't get," he adds, pushing his 6-foot-2-inch frame beneath a gutted 1976 Porsche 914 that he and his students are converting to a hydrolic hybrid. "I say if we really want alternative fuel vehicles, let's get off the couch and start making them."

Step 1: Build a Car



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12 years ago

Couldn't agree with him more.

Some private funding would come in handy ofcoarse.

I believe that with the cumulative efforts of a substantial amount of persons nothing is unachievable.

Perhaps the learned ones here should start throughing some thoughts around.

Ible.com personel relocating device...
It shall run on carrots.

Carrots you say? NEVER you say? I'm nuts you say?

Bet you will be smiling out the other side off your face, when I roar past you in my carrot mobile with several Ible members hanging out the windows yelling praises to the carrot.

"It is the carrot car, YAY!!" They will say.


LoL I crack me up.

Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

12 years ago

I know how to make wine that dosen't taste that great...maybe it would work for fuel lol.