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Monday, April 18, 2011

Speaking of wood-burning El Caminos...

...I've been wondering for a while if people that hate fossil fuels really think through the consequences of purposely raising the price of oil.

While this truly boss ride was built in Finland (HT: Instapundit)and presumably was built just for the heck of it, it illustrates a good point. When government policies raise the price of oil too high, what do the intellectualistas think poor people are going to do? Spend money they don't have to buy hybrid cars? Invest the home-equity loans they can't get to completely re-build their houses' heating systems?

Why no, no they are not. Where I live in Eastern Pennsylvania, people are going to drive old trucks longer, and are going to count on their wood-burning stoves to provide more of their heat in the winter.

How's that going to help our air quality? I'm just asking?

5 comments:

DeMorro said...

Actually, this vehicle was built by a Finnish politician who believes his country (one of the largest oil producers in Europe) has the resources to power vehicles on fuels other than oil.

There's a whole society of Finnish wood-burning vehicles, and it's a pretty clever combination of American muscle and modern fuels.

Agim Zabeli said...

I agree it's clever - indeed it's way-cool - and I realize I'm using the photo and title for my own, only tangentially related, point. I couldn't resist. The picture conjures up the image of Jed Clampett and the Beverly Hillbillies.

DeMorro said...

And your point stands; as gas prices get higher, people need to get creative about how they get around. If more people had the knowledge and wherewithal to perform these kinds of conversions, perhaps $4-a-gallon gas might not hurt so much.

Agim Zabeli said...

Sure, and if they could pay two bucks a gallon for gas instead of four, they could put their creativity, knowledge, and wherewithal to better use.

Glenn Knight said...

Years ago I read a book set in China in the 1940s - Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo by Bob Considine. Once the Doolittle raiders had bombed Tokyo, they landed - those who could - in China. The Chinese drove coal-burning buses. Not, I believe, steamers, but buses with a converter that broke the coal down and burned the gasses. And coal's really cheap ...