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  •  Fast Company Article Nov 2007 (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    This includes quite a few of the quotes.

    http://www.fastcompany.com/...

    Not sure why you'd attempt to debunk this technology.  Diesel, his primary engine alternative, is noted for fuel efficiency. Dave Matthews Band used veggie oil based fuels for its tour bus last year.  Honda used resin from pine trees for his two stroke engine post war when gas was non existent.  Lots of ways to beat the oil addiction, and I hope this guy develops it before the oil companies get to him.  

    •  I will admit that this raised my skeptical radar (8+ / 0-)

      As much as we want it to be true, some of his claims do seem to be a iffy, but they may be close and he is just putting out best cas numbers to help his business.  However this comment:

      I hope this guy develops it before the oil companies get to him.

      reminds me of those folks who swear a guy made a carborator that got 200 mpg but the oil companies bought him off/had him wacked.

      "For me, walking into a nice Jewish deli IS a religious experience." -my mom

      by ETinKC on Tue Oct 30, 2007 at 01:57:13 PM PDT

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      •  fair enough (0+ / 0-)

        But I do recall quite a large amount of enthusiasm on this site for the idea that a large piece of the motivation for the Iraq war was to get American and British oil companies a piece of the (previously nationalized) Iraqi oil pie.

        I'm not lumping you into this group because I don't know.  (hell, I don't even know where I fall.)  I'm just pointing out that if one can believe a war was started for the sake of oil profits, it's not too difficult to imagine offing a guy for the same reason.

    •  Because (3+ / 0-)
      We know we can run cars on veggie oil, or even pure hydrogen.

      But -- 20 engineers from GM descending on his motel parking lot? 600 horsepower? Diesel powered jet turbines? Come on.

      Which isn't to say that Detroit doesn't need to get the dumb out of its collective head.

    •  Debunking (1+ / 0-)
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      First, you can't debunk technology. That makes no sense. But, you can debunk incorrect claims about technology.

      Quick question: where does it say that the Hummer gets 60 MPG? It doesn't say any such thing. The article quotes the inventor saying that the Hummer WILL get 60 MPG.

      In other words, this Hummer hasn't demonstrated anything at all. Until this Hummer gets 60MPG on regular fuel (not SNEAKING IN HYDROGEN as a supplemental fuel) then skepticism is completely justified.

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