How & Why Big Oil Conquered The World Part 1 & Part 2

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How & Why Big Oil Conquered The World
by Corbett | Oct 6, 2017

Oil. The 19th century was transformed by it. The 20th century was shaped by it. And the 21st century is moving beyond it. But who gave birth to the oil industry? What have they done with the immense wealth and power that it has granted them? And what are they planning to do with that power in a post-carbon world? This is the remarkable true story of the oiligarchs and the world they have created.

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I am halfway through a fascinating documentary all about the rise of the oil barons.  It is a cut-throat business, where any means necessary is used to keep hold of any created monopoly.  Into this mix of competing oil oligarchs you have the likes of the Rockefellers (and our own monarchy were in on it).  What caught my eye was the use of ethanol as a fuel way back in the early 20th century in the US in particular .  It was available at the pump, an alternative choice to the standard gasoline.  It is still used to power cars in places such as Brazil.

What is ethanol?

"Ethanol is naturally produced by the fermentation process of sugars by yeasts or via petrochemical processes such as ethylene hydration."

It is alcohol, in other words, and, apparently, most modern cars will run fine using it even now.

Henry Ford made his cars so that they could run on either of the fuels at the pump at the time.  He was sure ethanol was the fuel of the future, as it could be made from so many different forms of organic matter, freely availably in some cases, as waste in some instances.  A still is all you need to begin production, a pretty simply still at that.

Of course, alcohol is taxed to the high heavens now, as well as the manufacturing side of things being heavily regulated, but, it is a viable means of making fuel nonetheless. 

So, should petrol dry up for some reason, and you have survived some nuclear armageddon, it might well be possible to get a vehicle up and running again by this method, should suitable organic matter be close to hand or be grown.