Why are we still using fuel made of petroleum?

Don’t people know how old this technology is? A hundred years ago, cars, airplanes, trains, and ships were on petroleum based fuel just like we are today. Essentially, the technology is the same. We were able to put a man on the moon less than 70 years after the first flight, but we are still completely dependent on oil. Why is that?

10 Responses to “Why are we still using fuel made of petroleum?”

  1. Dana1981, Master of Science Says:

    Because it’s cheap and we’ve got all the infrastructure in place for it. However, some good electric vehicles are on the horizon.

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  2. donfletcheryh Says:

    The age of the technology is not relevant to its use.
    If it were 1000 years old it would not matter a bit.

    All that really matters is the harm or good it is doing. And age of the technology says nothing to that matter.

  3. Agua-Luna.com -I LIVE OFF GRID- Says:

    let me start off by saying Hydrogen is a great option for the concept of free energy. I built my first hydrogen cell about 5 years ago. Have converted over 50 vehicles in the last 10 years (gydrogen and EV) and now currently run 2 trucks (and another EV), my home hot water heater, home stove and home generator on hydrogen for free with caught rain water and the help of a $10 solar panel. I offer a step by step DIY guide to walk anyone interested threw the process. You can find it at www agua-luna com or you can email me.

    There are basically 3 safe ways to make and use it… chemically, electrically and molecularly, the first 2 being easier so I’ll only discuss them here. The fallowing steps were taking directly out of a DIY guide I offer to those who would like to run their vehicles or home on hydrogen safely. The entire guide is available at www agua-luna com

    On demand h2 generators are a bit different from the Hollywood versions like seen Chain Reaction with Keanu Reeves, that tend to explode violently every time a film is being made. However when used in an on-demand system there is no storage of hydrogen and oxygen in its gas form, only liquid (water) and is only transformed into gas “on-demand” in small cylinder size amounts. It’s actually safer then gasoline as it doesn’t evaporate, creating explosive fumes in the tank like gas. the following were actually taken out of my $5 guide available at www agua-luna com


    1. You’ll need a 6inch x 1ft schedule 40 pvc pipe. With pvc cement glue a cap on the bottom and use a screw on cap for the top. Drill a small hole (1/4inch or so) in the side close to the top, screwing in a small copper shut off valve. Place a few feet of stranded (food grade is good) flex hose to the valve and into the air intake of your engine (carburetor or fuel injections).
    2. Now crunch up a couple aluminum cans (beer cans, soda cans etc) and drop them into the pvc pipe, along with a couple cups of lye (Red Devil drain opener has lye in it, some Clorox and Drano’s do to).
    3. Then simply add water, screw on the top and wait a few minutes.

    What happens in simplicity is that aluminum and lye don’t really get along so they battle, and as always the innocent civilians (water H2O) that the most casualties, by giving up its hydrogen and oxygen. This then builds up in the void of the pipe and is ready to be vented into your engine, by opening the valve. You may need to start your engine on gas then switch it off after the hydrogen starts burning.

    Electrical is a bit easier then Chemically.

    1. Simply take a small solar panel 1.5 amps is what I use ($9 at harborfreight.com), connect the 2 wires from the panel +- to 2 conductors (carbon cores of batteries work well, just be careful removing it from the jacket), but any conductive material will work ie. Copper, aluminum, steel, etc.
    2. Drop the wires into a water tank (I use 55gal drums), make sure they don’t touch each other.
    3. Drill a small hole (1/4inch or so) in the side close to the top, screwing in a small copper shut off valve. Place a few feet of stranded (food grade is good) flex hose to the valve and into the air intake of your engine (carburetor or fuel injections).
    4. Then simply add water, screw on the top cap and wait.
    After a few hours tiny bubbles will form and rise off one conductor (that’s hydrogen) and even smaller bubbles that just looks like foam will rise off the other (oxygen). I don’t remember which likes the positive and which likes the neg hydrogen or the oxygen.

    The third method is more complicated and is what I use for my vehicles. It’s just a modified Joe’s Cell, there’s a step by step DIY guide available to walk you threw the process here www agua-luna com
    It also covers the other 2 methods described in more detail.

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  4. dirtyhippie666 Says:

    because were complaining about how weak it is( we really need 4×4 to go buy grocery 8P
    or theres a setback ie: expensive dangerous pollution

  5. FrankieColetta Says:

    1.Because Camaro’s don’t run on water and Nobody’s invented a good enough battery yet.

    2.They went to the moon on Nitromethane. IE:Rocket Fuel.

    3.If Harley Davidson built a quiet battery powered Chopper they would go out of business.

    4.I used an electric lawn mower once and after the frustration of barely cutting through moderate length grass and then running over the 110 volt cord, I finished the job with a gas mower.

    5. The technology may be old but it is the best as far as power, distance and convenience. I suppose that’s the same reason toilets and the wheel haven’t changed since they were invented.
    Though intrigued, I’m not so sure we’ve heard of the best replacement for petroleum based fuel just yet. Meaning the current one’s like Corn, Electric etc. etc. etc.

  6. The Voice of Reason Says:

    The answer to your question is that it is still the best fuel we have. All of the alternatives are simply more expensive and/or not readily available.

    And just to correct the effort, the fuel we used to put a man on the moon was hydrogen, it was probably produced from natural gas and water.

  7. bearcat Says:

    No doubt!! We should use solar, wind and water as much as possible. You cant tell me we cant come up with reliable recharageable cars and motorcylces that are juice up by solar panels and wind turbines. People are spoiled and too lazy to set up the new infrastructure to do this

  8. Tuba in the Rose Parade Says:

    I highly recommend this movie. You’ll be shocked, but the answer is in here.

  9. JOHNNIE B Says:

    Why not as the plants are recycling the fossil fuels for us. It is similar to the CO2 conversion to oxygen . U could compare it to the water recycle. It is far superior to any other fuel.

  10. Sudhir Nainawati Says:

    Thanks a lot for rising a good issue.
    Friend, still yet we have to invent in the field of alternate fuel.
    B’coz petroleum fuel is cheap & technology for its burning is quite simple.
    In otherway alternate fuels are expensive.
    Except it Operating/Maintenance cost is also high.
    Thats why still yet we are using Petroleum Fuels.