On June 9, 2011 MIT released its long awaited study on the future of natural gas in the US. Chapter 5 of the attached report relates to methanol and the recommendation is:
"The U.S. government should implement an open fuel standard that requires automobile manufacturers to provide tri-flex-fuel operation in light-duty vehicles."
Here are some highlights from the report:
- With deployment of new plants, using existing technology, methanol could be produced from U.S. natural gas at a cost less than U.S. gasoline price in 2010 of around $2.30/gallon (excluding the tax).
- The spread between gasoline price and methanol cost is around $1/gge
- The production cost of natural gas conversion to diesel fuel is projected to be around 30% higher than methanol on an energy-equivalent basis.
- Methanol could be used in tri-flexible-fuel, light-duty (and heavy-duty) vehicles in a manner similar to present ethanol-gasoline flex fuel vehicles, with modest incremental vehicle cost. These tri-flex-fuel vehicles could be operated on a wide range of mixtures of methanol, ethanol and gasoline.
- Adding methanol capability to a factory 85% ethanol blend (E85) vehicle, to create tri-flex fuel capability, would require an air/fuel mixture control to accommodate an expanded fuel/air range with addition of an alcohol sensor and would result in an extra cost of $100 to $200, most likely at the lower end of that range with sufficient production.
- The toxicity of methanol is similar to gasoline.
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- With the energy loss during conversion of natural gas to methanol taken into account, the well-to-wheels CO2 emissions from using natural gas derived methanol is slightly lower than gasoline.
- Methanol is soluble in water and is biodegradable.
Leaders of All major US Jewish organizations endorse Open Fuel Standards bill
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
This Week in Politics
Dear Majority Leader Reid:
Dear Minority Leader McConnell:
Our continued dependence on oil produced through drilling in nations whose interests are inimical to those of the United States and our allies opens our nation to added political and international danger at a time of turmoil and uncertainty, with enormous negative consequences for our economy, foreign policy and national security. It is for that reason that we strongly support changes in U.S. energy policy that would reduce our dependence on oil, in particular foreign oil imported from hostile nations - and particularly urge that any Senate energy bill include the Open Fuel Standard, which has been introduced in the Senate as S.835 with bipartisan support, and which is included in a modified (and less satisfactory) form in the House climate bill (H.R.2454).
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Why we must regain our petroleum dominance.
[ March 12, 2012 ]
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ZUBRIN: Keystone XL rejection weakens America and strengthens her enemies
[ Feb 28, 2012 ]
The United States is by far the world's leading oil importer. Thus, it follows that when the price of oil goes up, our economy is severely taxed and, therefore, it goes down. Indeed, every oil price increase for the past four decades, including those in 1973, 1979, 1991, 2001 and 2008, has been followed shortly afterward by a sharp rise in American unemployment.
How to Reduce Oil Prices
Approve the Keystone pipeline, and mandate flex-fuel vehicles.
[ January 16, 2012 ]
The United States is by far the world's leading oil importer. Thus, when the price of oil goes up, our economy is severely taxed. At the beginning of 2011, many economists were talking about an emerging U.S. economic recovery. Yet by spring, as oil prices climbed above $100 per barrel, it became apparent to all who were paying attention that no escape from recession was in sight.
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