The Book That Oil Companies Don’t Want You To Know About

May 2, 2007 at 1:25 pm 4 comments

America, if you are tired of high prices for fuel, food, and just about everything else, boy do I have the book for you. David Blume’s “Alcohol Can Be A Gas” is nothing less than the playbook for saving America. You heard me right. This is it – the plan to free ourselves from our present oil challenges while raising the standards of living for citizens at the same time. Right out of the gate, the fight is on, too. There is no shortage of misinformed people writing articles damning biofuels, spreading myths, and trying to position Ethanol as a losing energy investment, and that’s the beauty of “Alcohol Can Be A Gas”. The book points the way with facts, figures, and real life examples of post-petroleum businesses that can be had in the alcohol fuel revolution. The realization that a small scale producer is now a viable economic possibility and that after peak oil, alcohol will be as good or better than money based on oil.

That’s why oil companies don’t want you to know about Blume’s work. ‘Alcohol Can Be A Gas’ reveals of so many energy industry secrets, I’m surprised David Blume hasn’t been hauled off to a secret prison in Poland by oil company mercenaries. For over twenty five years, Blume has meticulously gathered information that will make any reader realize just how much Americans have been duped into supporting a food and energy system dependent on fossil fuel inputs, namely oil (though things are starting to look more promising). The author weaves the entire history of alcohol fuel like a thrilling novel, detailing how alcohol has been used as a renewable fuel from before Henry Ford to present day.

Blume’s detailed plan contained in the book gives Americans an equal opportunity to fix the country by ourselves. The book details everything needed to enhance local living, free ourselves from oil, create jobs, ensure food security, make money, help slow global warming, and redirect funds from oil wars.

Skeptical? I was. As a member of Portland Oregon’s Peak Oil Task Force, I know enough about Peak Oil to understand “Alcohol Can Be A Gas” is a top solution for truly solving many of our country’s challenges. Blume shares innovative solutions with readers, backing up his writing with research that instills inspirational pragmatic optimism for the future. Does Blume’s plan solve all of our energy problems? Not without big efforts from many people. But in a sea of energy despair, corrupt politicians, and oil dependency, “Alcohol Can Be A Gas” offers an excellent plan to follow.

As an alcohol fuel expert, ecologist, permaculturist, and farmer, Blume writes: “We can have a large cooperative cellulose distillery in each county, producing ethanol and biomass electricity to keep our essential services running. We can have small integrated farms that produce fuel, food, and building materials. We can eat well on locally produced food and locally processed products. We can even cogenerate electricity and hot water at our homes using our cars running on alcohol, if we are clever enough.”

Want some sample eye openers? Here are a few you’ll learn in “Alcohol Can Be A Gas”:

– Oil companies make over $25,000 in profit from a single barrel of oil (They pay about $66 per barrel as of today’s writing)
The gasoline you pay for is never the same mixture two days in a row – it’s just the oil company’s mix of toxic chemicals left over from refining oil
– There is enough land in the US to grow enough alcohol feedstocks for our energy needs
As many as 26 million jobs could be created – ensuring employment for America

This book has it all: Astonishing secrets that have been hidden from the public, a real plan for energy independence, methods for empowering local communities, and much more. Blume counters multiple myths spread through the media about ethanol, and shows us why ethanol does NOT require more energy to create than is derived from the fuel (positive EROEI). Blume educates his readers and proves alcohol fuel is a clean, plentiful, and renewable energy source, dismissing reports from the media that propagate misinformation. He explains ways to diversify fuel crops that can quickly be grown in America. He also backs up his information with meticulous notes and references, daring anyone in the energy or agricultural business to challenge him. (I hope he gets to debate some of the “experts” the mainstream media always cites, namely David Pimentel.)

What David Blume does not advocate is that we can continue our present energy use, which has led to a culture of consumption and waste. What is clear is that the structure of society is changing as energy depletes, and none of us can predict with 100% accuracy what the crystal ball holds as peak oil continues to make our economic and ecological problems worse. As America wakes up to peak oil, there will be many shocked people, unaware of just how large the issue of energy depletion is. That is why before Americans reach for their pitchforks and torches, a copy of “Alcohol Can Be A Gas” should be in their hands.

You can order your own copy of “Alcohol Can Be A Gas” here.

What people that count are saying about “Alcohol Can Be A Gas”:

“Brilliant! This book should be on the reading list of every American!!”
Thom Hartmann, New York Times best-selling author, and nationally syndicated host of The Thom Hartmann Program on Air America.

“Humanity has used up roughly half of the world’s oil and topsoil. Just in time, David Blume has given us Alcohol Can Be A Gas! It’s a practical road map for supplying all of our energy needs without drilling, strip-mining, and/or depleting the soil. In fact, following Blume’s model, soil fertility would actually increase worldwide; energy production would be not only sustainable, but democratic—and highly profitable on the small scale. This is a brilliant visionary work. And, with Mr. Blume’s witty personality, reading it is certainly a gas.”
Larry Korn, Soil Scientist, Translator, and Editor of The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming.

“Dave Blume has written the definitive opus on alcohol as a fuel. From the 30,000-foot view to the most minute technical detail, Alcohol Can be a Gas! makes a strong case for the practical, ecological, political, and economic sense in converting to ethanol. It’s heartening to see the world’s original “alcohol pioneer” stay abreast of the times with a book that has the promise to knock some sense into our insidious fossil-fueled economy. This book is much needed in this era of Peak Oil and fast-accelerating climate change.”
John Schaeffer, President and Founder of Real Goods, and Executive Director of the Institute for Solar Living.

As intersections of the food-energy-climate matrix form in Iowa cornfields, Amazonian rain forests and Canadian gene splicing labs, and end-game battles for their control pit theocratic flat-worlders against biologists, climatologists, and tree-huggers over the very survival of life on Earth, David Blume emerges like a wizard on a misty pinnacle, back-lit by the full moon, revealing a gemstone in his extended palm.
Albert Bates, author, The Post Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times (New Society, 2006)


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  • 1. JOSEPH CONRAD  |  May 11, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Consider these facts:
    1. Biofuel sufficient to meet the US annual need of +/- 80Mbd would require over 10M cultivated acres — 2.5Xs the # on the planet presently.
    2. Agribusiness (ADM, Cargill, etc.) are getting millions of $$ in Taxpayer-funded government subsidies to produce and assure corporate control of the market for Biofuel. ADM (Arthur Daniels Midland) already controls over 25% of current potential Biofuel production.
    3. Production of the best feedstocks (corn, soy, sugarcane and palm oil) for the amount of Biofuel (thanol and biodiesel) would result in the rainforests of Brazil and palm forests of Malasia DISAPPEARING in less than 10yrs.!
    4. GMO feedstocks don’t perform any better than ‘regular seed’ plants. Yet Agribusiness and chemical companies ahave spent over $625M since 2000 to find the ‘magic seeds’ without success. Meanwhile, over 50% of ALL US CROP SEED IS GMO!! And even the Euro Union and Africans don’t want them!!
    5. US In dustry is predicated on Fossil Fuel. GM and Ford will NEVER make truly fuel efficient cars because its not in their interest to do so. The poor cars they make now keep the Us Oil Companies pumping and our Military, pillaging the Middle East and Africa for their Oil creating ‘failed nations’ in its wake!
    6. The LUST of the Wealthy of the US to MAINTAIN their wealth depends on keeping our Economy and Government ‘hooked’ on Oil and the populace POOR AND POWERLESS trying to make a living with Oil at $5.00+ a gal. and all the higher-paying, family sustaining jobs OUTSOURCED.
    7. Americans let Bush in NOT ONCE BUT TWICE!! He and his cabalists (Cheney, etc.) are ALL Oilmen! US citizens LOST their Democracy in 2000 and 2004. Now they will loss ALL their hard earned cash.
    8. Alcohol can be Gas is a nice thought but will it replace the 5 Mil TONS of dirty polluting COAL we use to generate electrical energy??? Nope…

    The first moist rational step is to ensure the US Oil Companies and the Bush Administration do not ROB Iraq and Destroy Iran for their Oil!!

    j. cONRAD

  • 2. Steve of Anaerobic Digestion  |  June 2, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Yes. The sheer size of the land areas which would be put over to biodiesel production is alaming, and I agree that we need to take careful thought about this, before going down the biofuel route.

    Don’t forget that another way to produce sustainable renewable energy is by Anaerobic Digestion of organic waste materials and there are lots of these wastes, plus they are mostly at the moment being sent to landfill.

    Use Anaerobic Digestion in your waste disposal techniques and you also reduce volume/mass going to landfills.

    Not only that. Anaerobic Digestion removes the readily degradable portion of the organic matter in municipal wastes, so that even if these materials were then sent to landfill the landfills would be much better neighbours to live near, and far less potentially damaging to the environment.

    Biodiesel, and also wind turbines, are great for renewable power and I am all for them with some reservations.

    But, I hope you don’t mind me talking about what I think should be the next “big thing” after Wind Turbines, and used alongside a certain amount of bio-crop produced biodiesel. Of course, methanol and then biodiesel can also be produced from the Anaerobic Digestion process as well.

    Interested? Visit our site about Anaerobic Digestion which is all about creating renewable energy from waste materials, here.

    Our Anaerobic Digestion web site is all about renewable energy from waste materials here.

  • 3. Bill Stafford  |  May 13, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I have no cause to promote and no website to send readers to. I am amaazed that no-one challenged the title of this page. Can you really believe oil compqnies reap $25,000 profit per barrel of oil?

    I learned in high school that a barrel is a unit of measure equal to forty-two (42) gallons. When it is reported that a well yields 1000 barrels per day, that means they pump 42,000 gallons in a typical day. A super tanker rated at one million barrels capacity can transport 42 million gallons per trip.

    In order for an oil company to manage a $25,000 profit on 42 gallons of oil, what do they have to charge per gallon? Let’s say oil cost the company $100/barrel, another $10/barrel for shipping, $15/barrel to refine it into gasoline, and $5.00/barrel for distribution. My trusty H-P calculator says the cost is now $130/barrel, or $3.09/gallon just to get it to the pump. If we sell that gas for $3.59, we have a profit of .50 times 42 yields $24 per barrel in profit. To reach $25,000 per barrel we are going to have to raise our prices just a tiny bit. We have to sell our gas for $25,130 divided by 42. This time, the H-P says our price per gallon will have to be $598.33. This of course is assuming we used the entire 42 gallons of crude oil to make gasoline, which is physically inpossible to do. Diesel fuel, kerosene, motor oil, and grease are just a few of the by-products derived from the refining of crude oil. No petroleum product comes close to $598.33 per gallon.

    There is absolutely no way to justify such a claim. It is simply a bare-faced lie intended to turn the consuming public against the oil companies.

    May, 2008 crude prices are $124/barrel, basically $3/gallon. At a retail price of $3.70 gas is horribly expensive but the oil companies are doing an admirable job of holding the line on retail pricing. They cannot control what OPEC nations charge.

    Oil company profits are at all time highs simply because their narrow profit margin is being made on top of much higher wholesale costs. I do not fault the oil companies, they are still providing a quality product for our consumption.

    On the other hand, the Federal and State governments add a per-gallon gasoline tax that is included in the retail price. On top of that, the companies pay a Corporate income tax based on their profits, and then ignorant, greedy politicians spout off about hitting the oil companies with a “windfall profits tax.”

    Combined, the taxes collected by the Government equal or exceed the company profits. Companies earn their share, what makes the Government’s share equitable?

  • 4. David Blume  |  May 13, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    The information about the value of products from a barrel of oil comes from a Dow Chemical magazine from 1982 called Dow Insight. Half of a barrel of oil is waste products and that is what we know as gasoline. The other half gets made into very expensive industrial chemicals like pesticides ($100/lb) and many other chemicals that are worth much more. Things like nylon stockings etc represent other sorts of things that are made by oil/chemical companies and then sold at wild markups. So Dow’s article included these sorts of things. The actual value today would be much higher. The price of gas outside of the US is frequently going for $10 a gallon now but in the US oil companies know that they risk the backlash they faced under Carter for gouging and being hit with a Windfall Profit Tax. Those taxes are often justified when OPEC raises the price of oil, but US companies that have gorged on US tax credits like the Oil Depletion Allowance and dozens of others for 100 years, raise their prices to what OPEC quotes. Their costs have not gone up on the pumping of oil from their wellls in this country, from oil we OWN but license its production to an uncontrolled monopoly. So is it so surprising that when oil companies make record profits above and beyond OPEC’s benchmark that our own government should protect us from unchecked corporate power? Its what government is supposed to do. The best answer though is for consumers to stop giving the transnational capitalists their capital and patronize American companies making alcohol locally and selling it locally. The ADM comment above is made without context. ADM used to be 98% of the alcohol market and now are less than 25%. More than half of the alcohol made in the US is made by farmer owned cooperatives.


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