Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Why can't automobile makers figure out how to make Natural Gas an option for people buying new cars and trucks? We see a few vehicles sporting natural gas stickers on them but it is converted in an after-market effort by the owners.
It was apparent that Hybrid vehicles have taken over in SFO. Even taxi cabs were hybrids for the most part. The big question is just how economical are hybrid vehicles when it comes time to replace the batteries and what do we do with the expended batteries? T. Boone Pickens got it right a couple of years back with the Pickens Plan. The only part that is problematic is the wind generation part of the plan. The GRID is often times too far from the sources of wind. Natural gas prices have gone down dramatically with the use of "fraking" to release the gas from solid rock formations.
There are a lot of homes currently heated with Natural Gas and the issue is to figure out how to take it from low home pressures up to the pressures needed to fill a fuel tank on a car or truck in a cheap and safe manner. For the present time Natural Gas looks to be one of the best sources of energy for the USA.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 1:09 PM