Video: oil dependence

opec2Money Jihad:

Do you want OPEC to keep calling the shots in the 21st Century?  Do you enjoy seeing American presidents literally holding hands with or bowing down to the Saudi king?

Regular readers know that this blog supports expanded domestic oil drilling to help North America decrease its dependence on Middle East oil.  Although Eyal Aronoff of the Fuel Freedom Foundation (@fuelfreedomnow on Twitter) offers a different course of action to deal with the problem of oil financing terrorism, this video as a must-watch:

Aronoff lays out compelling ideas for reduced oil dependence, and Money Jihad has as well.  Wouldn’t it be nice if national political leaders embraced just some of these ideas as part of a genuine “all of the above” approach to energy to reduce our reliance on Saudi sharia oil?

View The Counter Jihad Report’s video playlist on oil independence

This one is particularly good:

Turning Oil into Salt, a 28-minute high-production value documentary that explains why the Open Fuel Standard is so important. It includes clips of interviews and powerful comments by Robert McFarlane, James Woolsey, Frank Gaffney, Anne Korin, Gal Luft, Paul Werbos, Edwin Black, Mark Dubowitz, Megan Ortagas, Bill Holmberg, Donald, Yale, Steve Marshall, Chelsea Sexton, Greg Breukelman, Johanna Mendelson Forman, and Jack Hidary. They point towards a solution of stripping Oil off its strategic status by making cars that can run with all different kind of fuels. Brazil has proven its feasibility with its ethanol from sugarcane concept. Important note: Biofuels can be made from all kind of Biomass and are not responsible for the rise of food prices. A film by Frederick von Sulle and Helmut Strasser about Energy Security.

Legalize Methanol – It would boost the economy, and our national security too

By Robert Zubrin at National Review

Last year, I conducted a highly publicized demonstration showing that ordinary American cars could readily be made to operate on methanol, achieving over 40 percent better fuel economy and much lower emissions than on gasoline. In that test, a 2007 Chevy Cobalt was shown to achieve 24.6 miles per gallon running on 100 percent methanol, with the only required physical alteration being the replacement of a non-methanol-compatible Viton fuel-pump seal with a 41-cent part made of methanol-compatible Buna-n. And methanol is now selling for just $1.32 per gallon, without any subsidy.

As methanol can be cheaply produced from natural gas, coal, biomass, or trash — all resources the United States holds in great abundance — this test showed that America could readily free itself from oil imports simply by passing the Open Fuel Standard (OFS) law requiring that all new cars sold in the U.S. be methanol-compatible flex-fuel vehicles. By forcing gasoline to compete at the pump with cheap methanol, such a measure would put a permanent constraint on the price of oil, thereby breaking the power of the Islamist-led OPEC cartel and protecting the nation from the economy-wrecking effects of petroleum price spikes, shown in the figure below:

Every oil-price hike over the past four decades was soon followed by a sharp rise in unemployment.

See also: Turning Oil into Salt (counterjihadreport.com)

Turning Oil into Salt

 

Turning Oil into Salt, a 28-minute high-production value documentary that explains why the Open Fuel Standard is so important. It includes clips of interviews and powerful comments by Robert McFarlane, James Woolsey, Frank Gaffney, Anne Korin, Gal Luft, Paul Werbos, Edwin Black, Mark Dubowitz, Megan Ortagas, Bill Holmberg, Donald, Yale, Steve Marshall, Chelsea Sexton, Greg Breukelman, Johanna Mendelson Forman, and Jack Hidary. They point towards a solution of stripping Oil off its strategic status by making cars that can run with all different kind of fuels. Brazil has proven its feasibility with its ethanol from sugarcane concept. Important note: Biofuels can be made from all kind of Biomass and are not responsible for the rise of food prices. A film by Frederick von Sulle and Helmut Strasser about Energy Security.

 

 

Open Fuel Standard Act: Fuel Competition at the Pump

The Open Fuel Standard Act (OFS), lead in the House by Reps. Shimkus (R-IL), Engel (D-NY), Bartlett (R-MD), and Israel (D-NY), is a technology neutral bill that would ensure most new vehicles sold in the U.S. enable fuel competition starting in 2014.

• The economic and security vulnerabilities associated with petroleum dependence stem from oil’s status as a strategic commodity, which in turn stems from its virtual monopoly over transportation fuel.

The purpose of OFS is to break this monopoly in order to turn oil from a strategic commodity — as salt once was, due to its virtual monopoly over food preservation — to just another commodity, as salt is today.

• Oil’s domination over transportation fuel provides the oil cartel OPEC unacceptable leverage over the global economy. OPEC holds 78% of world oil reserves and yet, due to a policy of constraining supply, produces less oil today than it did 38 years ago even as global oil consumption and non-OPEC production have doubled over the same period.

• Competition and consumer choice in the transportation fuel market would, by enabling drivers to choose to purchase a different fuel on the fly should it be less expensive on a per mile basis, serve to dampen the impact of oil price volatility, and OPEC supply manipulation, on our economy.

• A variety of existing technologies enable vehicles to run on other fuels in addition to or instead of petroleum based fuels. For example, vehicles capable of operating on gasoline as well as alcohol fuels such as ethanol and methanol, or any combination of such fuels, cost about $100 more to manufacture than gasoline only cars.

• The ratio of flex fuel vehicles in Brazil increased from zero to 70% of new cars within three years, and thus as oil prices fluctuate consumers in Brazil can choose the least expensive of a variety of fuels.

• Alcohol fuels can be made from a wide variety of domestic energy resources including natural gas, coal, agricultural waste, energy crops, and trash.

 

Bill Summary 

• The CEOs of the Big Three auto companies have repeatedly stated their willingness to commit to making 50% of new cars flex fuel vehicles or warranted to operate on biodiesel by 2012.

• The Open Fuel Standard Act (OFS) would buttress this commitment with law, thus providing certainty for investors in a variety of alternative fuels to ramp up production and fuel station owners to install pumps. 

• Specifically, OFS requires that starting in 2014, 50% of new automobiles, starting in 2016, 80% of new automobiles, and starting in 2017, 95% of new automobiles are warranted to operated on non- petroleum fuels in addition to or instead of petroleum based fuels. Compliance possibilities include the full array of existing technologies as well as a catch-all for new technologies.

You can print or download a PDF of the above fact sheet by clicking here.

 

 

 

What Non-Muslims Can Do About Islam

By Citizen Warrior at Europe News:

NOT ONLY ARE are some people killing non-Muslims in the name of Islam (in impressive numbers) but some are doing something less newsworthy but potentially more disconcerting: Demanding and gaining concessions from non-Muslims, and slowly encroaching on democratic freedoms with the end-goal of establishing Sharia law in Western democracies (and already succeeding). This must be stopped and your help is needed.

But if you’re not a soldier and if you don’t work for a counterterrorist organization, what can you do? There are a surprising number of practical, effective actions you can take right where you are, and we will keep adding to the list below as we discover more. Each of the actions is linked to an article explaining more about it:

1. Urge your representative to co-sponsor the Open Fuel Standard Act. Here’s what to do. This is a vital, urgent task that could have enormous ramifications. I’ve made this number one because it is so important. Follow the link and find simple actions you can take to help move this bill into law.

2. Take the Pledge and Read the Koran. By reading the Koran, you’ll understand the situation more clearly and you’ll be able to speak with authority to others.

3. Join ACT! for America and participate. AFA is a large and fast-growing organization aimed at stopping the Islamization of America. In this fight, whoever is most organized will win. AFA is opening up in other countries too. Check it out.

4. Share DVDs with your friends.

5. Share online articles, but skillfully.

6. Use this very informative and economical leaflet to help educate your fellow non-Muslims about Islam.

7. Educate your family and friends about Islam on Facebook.

8. Educate and motivate the public using FaceBook.

9. Join groups on Facebook that raise awareness of Islam-related issues.

10. Create an official counterjihad page on Facebook. Here’s how to do it and why.

11. Support an open fuel standard. This can take away massive financing for Jihadis.

12. Talk to your friends about jihad. (It will help to study the art of influence.)

13. Share online videos. This page has an updated list of recommended videos. If you know of one not on the list, please add it.

14. Use Yahoo Answers to educate your fellow non-Muslims about Islam.

15. Sign a petition right now that urges our politicians to stop Muslim immigration.

16. Support the development of energy sources other than oil.

17. Participate in the Girl Effect.

18. Participate in the “Stop the Jihad on Campus” annual events.

19. Contribute news items to Concessions to Islam. Send them to: Concessions.

20. Contribute stories of citizen warrior heroes to Citizen Warriors. Send them to: Heroes.

21. Tell others about this list. Share the domain name, WhatYouCanDoAboutIslam.com.

22. Help and support the Mapping Sharia Project.

23. Try some glamourbombing.

24. Submit story ideas to reporters and news outlets.

25. Set your watch alarm for 10:03 AM.

26. Help support Citizen Warrior.

27. Support the Honor Killing Awareness Campaign.

28. “Advertise” the URL, haltterrorism.com.

29. Learn how to recognize suspicious activities and report them to authorities.

30. Help your fellow counterjihadists at Salon.com.

31. Flag a terrorist video on YouTube to help shut it down. Or participate in the YouTube Jihadi video Smackdown.

32. Promote the resources on this list by making comments on blogs, web sites, Facebook pages, Yahoo Answers, etc, and sharing the web address: WhatYouCanDoAboutIslam.com.

33. Share the sites, Reverse Jihad and An Inquiry Into Islam, with others.

Don’t try to do all of these. You’ve got to be smart about this, and that includes keeping your motivation level high, getting enough sleep, and having a life. Feeling overwhelmed by things that must be done is not good for your motivation and it can impair your ability to persist.

So choose one or two of these things that most interest you, and get to work on it. You can always come back to this list later if you want to do more.

Also, I urge you to share this list with people who want to do something but don’t know what. Let’s defeat Islam’s relentless encroachment with our effective actions.

When you find new things that are not on this list, would you please take a moment and share it with us in the comments? Or email them to us and we’ll post them for you (anonymously if you like).