Well, I’m not here to start a fight. I never said that US car manufacturers embraced wood gas. I have a collection of photos that I have on a flash drive somewhere around here and if I can locate it I’ll post some more photos. Here’s a couple I found this morning.
I had to pull a photo because I’m new here but, I’ve got a couple of pictures of converted taxis and one city bus that I can’t remember which city it ran in but it was in the US.
My point is the control factor. The US Army played with wood gas in or around 1937. So, the government was well aware of gasoline alternatives but didn’t promote it. Why? Ration cards when you could go clean out a fence row for fuel.
Then the gas lines in the 70’s when the peanut farmer in chief was in the White House. You’d think with gas lines that circled city blocks he’d have stumped for wood gas but nary a word. Why?
Since then what have we seen? Ethyl alcohol from corn to mix with gas, electric cars, hydrogen fuel cells etc., why was Uncle Sam and industry obviously opposed to wood gas? It’s control Tom. If they can’t figure out a way to tax or regulate it (control) they aren’t interested, why? Everything they promote either doesn’t work worth a damn, is cost prohibitive or depends upon government approved industries to keep it operational.
It’s the same with welfare, food stamps, the FDA, Social Security, student loans or anything else you care to look at. They are all ways to take control away from us. Maybe the better way to describe it is this way, they want us dependent on government or government approved industries. A self reliant population would thumb their noses at Washington, can’t have that.
To your point, just about every civilized nation on Earth promoted wood gas during WWII except the US. Granted we had a healthy oil and gas industry but we still had to ration. And not all the countries that promoted wood gas were under a naval blockade. From the days of the New Deal under FDR the population was steered away from self reliance toward dependence upon Big Brother. The trend continues to this very day.
There’s no such thing as news anymore (maybe a little on Fox). It’s all perception management. They want to control what we think. If you can stand to do it ask some teenagers what they learn in high school about the civil war, the Kennedy assassination or FDR. If you really want a good dose ask some young folks in college the same things. How did the white people, who built civilization, become the planet’s villains? I don’t say that as some kind of racist, I really don’t give a hoot what color a person is so long as they’re a decent human being. But, I’ll be damned if I apologize or feel guilty because I’m white. See how well thought control works when you want to target a specific group?
If you’ve ever asked yourself how things got to be this way the next logical question has got to be “why” they got this way? It’s all about control Tom. I don’t know how you see things but, this wood gas is a way for me to reclaim some of my independence. The more of it the better.
I didn’t mean to raise your hackles and I now officially climb down off the stump. Sowing hate and discontent is not why I’m here.