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RE: [hreg] BioDiesel and other fuels...what are you using?

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  • Mike Ewert
    Until pure electric gets better, hybrid does seem to me to be the best option. See http://www.fueleconomy.gov ... From: Amanda Tullos
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 6, 2004
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      Until pure electric gets better, hybrid does seem to me to be the best
      option.
      See http://www.fueleconomy.gov


      -----Original Message-----
      From: Amanda Tullos [mailto:atullos@...]
      Sent: Friday, June 04, 2004 5:33 PM
      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [hreg] BioDiesel and other fuels...what are you using?


      You might check into this place. I haven't talked with them; but I figure
      Texas City isn't too far to go. Also, I think you can store Biodiesel on
      your property (lasts up to 6 months) without need for a license.

      Green Fuels, Inc.
      (409) 948-1704
      410 21st Street, South
      Texas City, TX 77590
      Public/limited times, call ahead for arrangements

      I ended up getting a hybrid, so I never finished researching the biosdiesel
      option. I do get a $2,000 tax deduction this year for owning a hybrid, which
      I am very happy about!

      Amanda Tullos
      atullos@... <mailto:atullos@...>



      -----Original Message-----
      From: Karl M. Bernard [mailto:karl-bernard@...]
      Sent: Friday, June 04, 2004 10:42 AM
      To: HREG
      Subject: [hreg] BioDiesel and other fuels...what are you using?


      I've been doing some looking around at various practical ways to power cars
      in the Houston Metro area and was wondering what people think about these
      options. I would love to do mass transit, but there are currently no buses
      or rail to the Pearland area (although one of the proposals for SH 288
      expansion includes the possibility).

      1) BioDiesel - looks interesting, appears to be easy to use with standard
      diesel equipment, but is hard to find locally. Can be homebrewed, but
      requires some very caustic chemicals.
      2) CNG - it seems a lot of industry-types have put a lot of effort into
      pushing this fuel. It is supposed to burn cleaner than gasoline, but I have
      issue with it that it is still a petroleum fuel. I would think more highly
      of it (and perhaps give it more consideration) if it were paired with other
      technologies such as hybrid systems.
      3) Hybrid (Gasoline/Electric) - I like this idea for mainstream automobiles
      and think there should be more aggressive government (tax) incentives at all
      levels (local through federal). I see this as a good way to leverage a lot
      of existing technologies.
      4) Straight Electric - this seems like a great idea, but the issue is
      overcoming the distance hurdle and making them as amenable as internal
      combustion powered cars. Then there's the availability and cost issue. I'd
      love to have an electric for going to work, but it would need to travel at
      least 50 miles a day, have all the safety features of my current car (ABS,
      airbags, etc), and have a functional A/C.
      5) Fuel Cell - cool sounding technology, but unless there's some way to get
      hydrogen with next to zero energy input, we might as well use the hydrogen
      cracking energy to power electric devices... I also don't like the
      government putting so many eggs in the hydrogen basket, while there are
      viable short-term alternatives to reduce consumption (hybrid, etc).

      What have you used? What do you like? I'm driving my 1994 Civic and getting
      30+ mpg, but would like my next car to do better - hopefully by a lot. But I
      also want it to meet all my demands for safety and hopefully comfort as
      well. Perhaps I want too much...



      In general, I think there aren't enough incentives for the average user to
      economize, and there are too many incentives to guzzle like crazy. This is
      such a load of garbage...

      -------excerpts from SUV Nirvana (from CBSNews.com)-------
      http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/28/60minutes/main620223.shtml
      ----
      "Everybody who buys an SUV gets a tax break?
      ----
      "If they can say to the IRS that they are using that vehicle 50 percent of
      the time for work purposes," Robinson confirms.
      ---
      The tax break applies to vehicles over 6,000 pounds, which in the past meant
      things like delivery trucks. But today, it includes luxury mega-SUVs such as
      the Toyota Land Cruiser and Ford Excursion. What began as a $25,000 tax
      break grew to $100,000 when Congress passed the president's economic
      stimulus package last spring.
      Web sites that give tax advice are running headlines like this: "Why it may
      pay for your next business car to be a heavy SUV." And it's no surprise that
      auto dealers are also alerting customers to the new loophole.
      -----------------------------------------

      SUV tax cut
      Monday, May 19, 2003
      http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/122382_suv19.html

      Karl Bernard




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