On Oct. 10, ecological biologist David Blume appeared as a guest on the Coast to Coast AM radio show to speak on the wonders of using alcohol as a fuel to replace gasoline. During his two hour long interview with host George Norry, Blume reports that by simply switching from gasoline to alcohol as an energy source, it would instantly halve the cost of automobile fuel to the American consumer, and create an industry that would bring 26 million permanent jobs to the economy.
George Norry: Worldwide? Are they relying on ethanol?
David Blume: There’s this little country down in Latin American called Brazil. It’s almost as big as the United States… just enormous. And, they don’t import any oil there… they don’t need to. Because, they make alcohol, and 95% of all new cars made in Brazil are made to run on both alcohol and gas, and pretty close to all the cars in Brazil are able to run on both.
And the reason is, typically in most years alcohol is half the price of most gasolines. People want to use whatever is cheaper, either alcohol or gasoline. But there’s a huge effect, and we need to pay attention to this in our country. There is over a million union sugar cane workers in Brazil that produce the sugar cane for fuel. It’s the most stable agricultural employment in that country, and in the United States, if we replaced all of our gasoline with alcohol, which we can do, we would recover 26 million jobs, many more than were lost during the Bush economic debacle. – Coast to Coast AM, Oct. 10
Oil, and its use as the primary energy throughout the world, is the lifeblood of nearly every industry. It is the lone resource that dictates the global reserve currency (dollar), and is the main catalyst for U.S. and foreign intervention in the Middle East over the past two decades. To replace oil, and the control over oil, with a cleaner and more viable energy source, would not only create jobs worldwide in nearly every country in the world, but would assuredly end the number and magnitude of wars that superpowers undertake to protect the flow and sale of petroleum.
In 1826, the first combustion engine was created which ran on alcohol. As these engines became standard in automobile and farm machinery later in the century, they were built to run on both alcohol, and newly discovered fuel derivatives made from petroleum. It was only later, when the monopolies created for oil coerced politicians into subsidizing and backing petroleum, that alcohol lost its place in pantheon of fuels for manufacturing, electricity,and the growing automobile industry.
Today’s green movement towards alternative and cleaner burning energy has been more of a political ruse and scam than a concerted effort to divest the economy off of oil and gasoline. Through the guise of global warming, and the attempts to tax people and industry using carbon credits, the primary research into green energy has been minimal, and has lacked political will from elected officials who are still backed by money from the petroleum industry.
As median gasoline prices reach all time highs in states like California, and throughout the continental U.S., and as unemployment numbers continue to remain above 15% in the U-6 reports, America desperately needs a new frontier of industry to create jobs, and lower energy costs. Alcohol has not only proven to do this in the past globally, and in the present in countries like Brazil, but the fact is that every single person in the world can easily create alcohol fuel from nature using the right equipment, and access to any plant that contains carbohydrates. This makes alcohol fuel the epitome of self-sufficiency.
David Blume’s work in the study and creation of alcohol as a fuel has the backing of several universities, and practical evidence through its implementation in a major South American country. The ability to create a renewable resource, powered only through photosynthesis and the sun (solar power) to fuel the world and global economy, is one of the best options for those in the green energy movement, and also in providing a new sustainable industry that can create more than 26 million jobs in the U.S. alone.