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COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS – TIME TO CONVERT!


I read business news basically nonstop.  And compressed natural gas or CNG as its referred to is constantly in the news.  Mostly because it’s one of the USA’s largest energy finds the last few years.  Yet we don’t use it for hardly anything when compared to our other energy options.  With the advances in energy producing from “Fracking” there is an incredible amount of supply.  And yet low demand.  Notice that there isn’t even an automotive category on the use graph.

I am surprised and highly aggravated about what I’ve found.  If you find this at all interesting then check out the link to the Wiki at the bottom of this.  Notice the US isn’t even in the top 10 countries with CNG vehicles?  But a couple of the big oil countries are.  And how about China already half way up the list?

Natural gas powers more than 12 million vehicles on the road today. Unfortunately, only 112,000 of these are being used in the U.S. The average growth rate in the U.S. shows a 3.7% increase per year since 2000, as contrasted with a booming global growth rate of 30.6% per year.

Would you pay $2,500 to lower your automotive gas prices immediately to $1.10 – $2.10 a gallon?

Of course not everything is rosy with this scenario.  You may have to drive miles out of your way to fill your tank.  Unless you pay another $2,000 – $4,000 then you could gas your car in your garage for the same $1.10 – $2.10 a gallon.  That’s pretty awesome. In-fact your home fill rate is typically the cheapest price CNG because the utilities home natural gas rate averages about $1.10 per gasoline gallon equivalent, or (gge) as its called, nationwide.  Natural Gas is a gas at room temperature, not a liquid like gasoline is.  So they refer to the price of natural gas for vehicles in (gge).  Check out the link at the bottom to see how close you are to a CNG fueling station.

I haven’t mentioned that your car is going to last longer because your running 120 octane fuel. And you’re putting out about 30% fewer emissions?  And the power supplied is as good if not better.

More than likely you’re going to lose most of your trunk space because that’s where you’re going to have your new fuel tank installed.  Because your going to want to keep your regular tank so you can run gasoline OR CNG whenever you choose.  That’s the thing that sells me on this, if I can’t find a CNG filling station before I run out that’s ok, keep a couple gallons of regular fuel in my tank and the system will automatically switch over.

This seems to be pretty much a no brainer.  I’ve looked into getting “off the grid” with solar panels.  Those run from $12 – $25K To set up a proper system to power a normal house at its normal usage.  What’s that going to save you/me?  About $200-$400 per month on our power bill right?

Install a wind turbine at your house?  Nope, aint gonna happen.  Way too many issues with that, and the output is sadly nowhere near what a home needs.  Not to mention were at the mercy of the wind with that one.

The parts to convert your vehicle are surprisingly few.  The most expensive part is the tank.  The conversion kit will run you $500 – $800 for the changeover parts, and from $400 – $1,200 for the tank. The reason for the different tank prices is you can get them in many sizes which provide differing (gge).  The tanks are made of many different materials from very heavy steel, which is cheap, to carbon fiber wrapped plastic which is very light and expensive.

It takes a mechanic roughly a day to install this for you.  So pay a mechanic $65/hr to do this, and you have another $550 expense.  But then that’s it, your filling up for $1.10 – $2.10 gge!

So here’s the aggravating part.  It costs $6,000 – $12,000 to have a professional shop convert your vehicle!  Why is that when I just explained how much the real costs are?  Well the EPA has some very strict requirements on people converting vehicles to any other fuel.  The EPA requires that every shop that does conversions get a permit/certification that costs $10,000 per engine type per year!  So if I want to open a shop to do Toyota models from 1995 – 2005 there are 10 engine types, so $100,000 to the EPA!  Thus its very hard to have a “legit” shop offering this service.  And if you do their price to offer this service will have to incorporate the EPA’s fee.  Thus the prices you will get quoted at a “legit shop” are cost prohibitive to having it done.

In most of the other countries around the world the cost is between $700 – $1,200 for the entire conversion.  That is why they are converting at such a faster rate.

The US has offered, and spent, how many Billions in incentives for other alternative energy types that don’t work that well?  Don’t get me wrong I love, love, love Hydrogen power.  I really like photo-voltaics, and wind is pretty cool.  But CNG is now, and it works!  Its effort and cost to entry for the common person is easy and low.   I’m not saying the Gov hasn’t put money behind CNG, but nothing like the effort for the other techs.  And the EPA situation is one that seems rather arbitrary and against everything they supposedly stand for.  30% lower emissions and a fuel that we don’t import from a foreign source?  Hmmm… I really am not a conspiracy guy, but even I can’t help but see this one.

The Wiki on CNG, good reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compressed_natural_gas

Excellent Site with info:  
http://www.cngnow.com/

Shows You CNG Gas Stations:
http://www.cngprices.com/station_map.php

Short Term Energy Charts:                            
http://205.254.135.7/forecasts/steo/realprices/


WE ARE THE GOD MAKERS

WE ARE THE GOD MAKERS

“God created man in His image and then man returned the favor.” – George Bernard Shaw 

By: Steven Sills II

We think of our senses being: Sight, Taste, Touch, Smell, and Hearing. These are physical. But there are several more ways we perceive.  Concerning the psychological, we have our conscious, i.e. the ability to know right from wrong.  As well as realization, and inspiration.  But the most significant sense is our “Heart” which deals with the spiritual.  Our spirit is in all reality our most important sensory organ.  It is more powerful than the other senses and often manipulates them.

We are three part beings composed of a Body, Soul = (Mind, Will and Emotions), and Spirit.  Each has it’s own power and area of influence.  As you move from Body à Soul à Spirit, you are moving up a parabolic power curve.  Each is exponentially more powerful than the part before it.

We live in a physical, psychological and spiritual reality.  Thus there are three realities at work within/upon us at all times.  The physical reality has its physical laws and rules that govern it.  We use our physical senses to navigate it.  We are so used to this basic level of existence that I need not explain it.  You already understand it.

We also exist in a psychological reality, one that is in our mind.  We have a certain perception that is our perception.  A fabrication of the data we have taken in or perhaps has been put in.  The psychological is outside the physical and is not bound by the physical laws or rules.  We can fly in our dreams.  We can sense things with our minds that are physically impossible in the normal world.  I have smelled and tasted of the psychological.  If you think about it you have as well.  But there are psychological rules and laws.  We cannot fathom the concept of something with no beginning or end because the psychological is bound in the linear.

The spiritual reality is by far the greatest.  As I said our “Heart” is the most significant sensory organ.  But we don’t use it well, often or correctly.  This is because of the fallen state of our body and the corruption of our minds.  Our bodies are weak, and our minds are warped.  So therefore our perceptions are not correct.  We cannot make true calculations, judgments or decisions more often than not because we are dealing with untrustworthy, i.e. faulty equipment.  Which gives us faulty data.  This is a whole topic to itself.  But know this, our hearts are not bound by the rules and laws of the psychological or physical.  We can perceive with our hearts that something is eternal even though our minds cannot fathom eternity.  You also know this to be true.  See the power curve?

There is a new “Reality” arriving in our lives right now.  Its currently being termed “Augments Reality”.  It’s starting out as adding additional things to our sight by the use of images on a see through display.  Where we can see the real I’m going to call that “base line” reality.  You should know this already.  Check out the great Apps for this on your phones.  Or watch a couple YouTube videos.  Initially this is a clunky process where we have to look through a screen we hold in our hands.  Next it’s a screen we wear over our eyes, next it’s built into our eyes, next its programmed into our DNA.  It’s a fact that our current physical perception is one based on protein chemistry.  Roughly twenty  two amino acids for this perception which is blue printed in a four base pair blue print.  Our perception of both the physical and psychological reality is based in these physical limitations.  Thus it is not farfetched to believe that we are quickly coming to the day of “hard programmed” augmentation.

We stand at such an amazing time in history.  To say amazing doesn’t even begin to put it in the proper perspective.  It took 13 years and $3 Billion to sequence the first human genome.  That was less than 10 years ago.  Today they are nearing the $1000 mark to have it done.  Soon it will be the cost of a blood test.  See the link at the bottom for info on this.  The nifty thing is everything we perceive with our physical senses is bound to that code.

A new sensory organ is being built to pick up a currently unperceivable wavelength carrying with it information we couldn’t perceive before.

I digress for a second… Did you know we cannot see green stars?  I want you to figure out why we can’t see green stars.  I’m not going to explain it here.  Google will do you a great service, or check out the link I gave you at the bottom of this.  Know that green sits in the middle of our visible spectrum yet we can’t see green stars. Ponder that.  My point is that we perceive with your senses a tiny fraction of the available data in the universe.   Ok I digress for one more second… look up at the night sky and realize that you see only a tiny fraction of the stars that are staring back down at you!  Our eyes only work inside of a narrow spectrum and there are millions shining down on us in spectrums our eyes cannot see!  Now think about how this applies to our hearing, to our touching.  We are trapped in such a narrow physical range.  And we want to use our weak physical senses to give us proof of the psychological and spiritual world?  I laugh at myself knowing I do that.  I truly love this!

Ok so back to my point: A new sensory organ is being built.  This new sensory organ I will refer to as “P6” (this is just an arbitrary name), because it will be our 6th physical receptor made of the same twenty two amino acids, and four corresponding base pairs.  Realize this is not some farfetched science.  There are many sensory organs in the physical world that we do not have.  Birds have barometric sensors, as well as electromagnetic compasses.  See the link at the bottom if you’re interested in this.  As well as how bats see sound with their sensors.  There are tons of sensors we humans don’t have.

The difference with the receptor we are building is where the data it perceives comes from.  That data is generated by humans initially.  At first we control the data.  Thus we can add to “base line” reality anything we desire from physical reality.  For example the sight of colors can have corresponding feelings, seeing red could make you feel physically warm.  The blowing wind could be colored in order for us to see it coming.  Or any combination the mind can imagine, the sight of an object could yield a taste etc.  That is complex and in the distant future.  The initial and most straight forward application of “P6” will be to see things and people that are not part of “base line” reality.

It will be difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish between base line and augmented reality.  Especially when the augmented reality acts inside the confines of “normal” reality by obeying the physical and psychological rules and laws.  We will not know who, or what, is and isn’t real as long as it behaves within the rules and laws.  But augmented reality people will be able to fly, appear, disappear, talk to us in our minds etc.  This will be especially significant when the data being supplied is from an Artificial Intelligence and not a human directly.  If the AI becomes sentient i.e. self-aware, it will also become in effect “spiritual” because it will have the capacity to speak and interact with us of its own volition.

Can you not see we are on the brink of a new spirituality?  The problem is that we know that we have a very poor concept of reality already.  Our sensors are faulty.  What happens when we get another sensor? I ask you this, what difference is there between “P6” and our “heart”?  Do we already have “P6” and were building a 2nd one?…  I think yes.

Explanation for why we don’t see green stars: 
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2008/07/29/why-are-there-no-green-stars/

Cost to sequence a human genome:
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-03/how-it-works-first-disposable-usb-powered-genome-sequencer

Birds Magnetic Compass:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/science/study-sheds-light-on-how-pigeons-navigate-by-magnetic-field.html

Bat Sonar:
http://www.islamicity.com/Science/quranandscience/creation/GeneratedFilesnoframe/TheSonarSystemofBats.htm