Obama Wants To Convert All Cars To Compressed Natural Gas


PRAGUE (AP) — A powerful explosion damaged an office building in the center of the Czech capital, Prague, Monday, injuring up to 40 people. Authorities believe some people are buried in the rubble.

It is not certain what caused the blast in Divadelni Street, but it was likely a natural gas explosion, police spokesman Tomas Hulan said.

News from The Associated Press

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CNG powered Honda Civic

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Peshawar: Three injured in cylinder explosion | Pakistan – geo.tv

I was listening to NPR yesterday. EPA has just drastically reduced their “greenhouse gas” numbers for natural gas.  When the White House is altering scientific data, there is always a political objective. In this case they want to make it look like Methane does not “hurt the climate.”

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25 Responses to Obama Wants To Convert All Cars To Compressed Natural Gas

  1. ozspeaksup says:

    I cant help but smile when you run stories like this.
    the building explosion was probably old pipes lack of maintenance etc.
    as for cars buses and trucks etc using LPG as fuel,
    well America is sooo far behind the ballgame on this I am frankly amazed.
    Aus has been running gas or gas/petrol cars for some 30+ years and the safety seems to be just as good as normal petrol diesel vehicles. akmost ALL Buses and a lot of trucks/esp delivery vans, use it.
    we have 10 yr safety checks for the tanks, most simply replace em anyway.
    the fuels half the price and while you get a bit less m,ileage its still cheaper.
    yeah it stinks exhaust wise,. cant have everything:-)
    a good portion of Aus also uses LPG to cook heat our water and provide heating when and where we have no available mains supplies. accidents are rare and again mostly maintenance related ie pipes need to be replaced if rubber for camping stoves etc.
    the cyclinders survive bushfires that melt the homes.they stood outside of.

    • LPG (given our being sooo far behind in it) is for post-Apocalyptic America, when the DHS is replaced by Mad Max and we are all building our own cars, if we can afford them. The key idea here is transformation, especially the pros and cons of it. Obama doesn’t want to convert all cars, he wants to transform everything he can (basically, for revenge), whether for good or bad, whether it is necessary or not. His mindset is that of an African tribal chief practicing cargo-cult science, to “bring the tribe into the modern world” as he sees it (or pretends to see it)–he is really just playing on the backwards fears of his tribe, and pursuing the backwards ways of the Outback (for example); unfortunately for him and us, his tribe is only a fraction of the American people. He is simply a tyrant to the rest. He has no character; he is a blind ideologue, not a law professor, nor a senator, nor a president.

    • DSC says:

      You should goggle the difference between compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid propane gas (LPG).

    • Justa Joe says:

      FYI; in the USA many of our city buses run on LPG. We also use LPG on our non-electric forklifts. However, I’ll stick with good Ol’ gasoline for my personal vehicles. Thank you very much.

    • LPG and CNG have nothing to do with each other. The pressure in a CNG tank is 100X the pressure in an LPG tank.

    • Fred from Canuckistan . . . says:

      It is so quaint in Oz, like a trip down memory lane.

  2. RexAlan says:

    I agree ozspeaksup, I used to be a courier in Sydney and a huge proportion of light commercial vehicles run on LPG plus almost all the taxis in Sydney. All city petrol/gas stations have at least one LPG pump.

  3. jeffk says:

    LNG and LPG can be used to power hydrogen fuel cells, for electricity off grid or in urban gas grid areas. It’s better than megawatt power plant electricity, which use enormous amounts of groundwater for cooling turbine generators, require ugly and expensive overhead powerlines, and often more maintenance for pruning trees or after storms when trees fall on the lines. And of course power plants emit pollution.
    Hydrogen fuel cells emit no pollutants other than water vapor. They’re also being looked at for cars, but LNG may be better. See http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_Cells

  4. Paul in Sweden says:

    Gator… “CNG… LPG… hydrogen… helium… what’s the difference?” helium is inert and has no explosive potential.

    CNG & LPG are both explosive. CNG being stored at such high pressure may allow it to more rapidly dissipate into the air where it can then explode but even without a massive explosion there is the intense localized fire. I have been up close and personal with gas explosions. The devastation is gut wrenching.
    I want windmills, PV panels and hydrogen fuel cells…but today they do not work, they are impractical/not cost effective. We need the market to drive our energy choices and not bureaucrats.

    • gator69 says:

      Did you miss the exploding blimp footage. 😉

      • Paul in Sweden says:

        Oh the humanity… Yes, I did see the video of the ridged hydrogen filled Hindenburg. However when we are speaking volatility, hydrogen is not to helium as CNG is to LNG.

        BTW: Recently I saw a very interesting documentary about the Hindenburg disaster. I would not be surprised if one of the fine people that frequent Steve’s Blog furnished it to me. -Paul

        What Destroyed the Hindenburg (16 Dec. 2012)

      • gator69 says:



        And all this time I thought the Hindenburg burst into flames, because it was full of CO2…

  5. Robertv says:

    And they have problems with pressure cookers in the wrong hands? Strange world we live in.

  6. Robertv says:

    But it will make police work much easier. One bullet can stop a car ,forever.

  7. Poltroon says:

    I don’t think I have seen a larger collection of uninformed inappropriate and impertinent responses to an article as the ones posted about this one. The article itself is in the same category so I guess the quality of the responses is to be expected. BTW Senate Majority leader Reid tried to introduce legislation to initiate the infrastructure to provide natural gas filling stations but it got no where.
    If you would like to be informed on this subject go to wattenburg.us. Be sure to check out his creds so you know who he is.

  8. oeman50 says:

    A friend of mine had a demonstration car that ran on CNG. She opened the hood and I saw how the gas was manifolded into the cylinders and the trunk where the CNG tank was stored. I also saw a small pressure guage that went up to 5000 psi! It was on 4,000 psi at the time. I told her that if she ever suspected a leak, she should get away from the car immediately. Not only is it explosively flammable, a leak at that pressure can cut you in two.

  9. hell_is_like_newark says:
  10. phodges says:

    HME is marketing a CNG fire apparatus….

  11. Ben says:

    All other factors being equal, (same year/make/model) which fuel system is cheaper to insure, CNG or gasoline?

  12. bkivey says:

    “The car was totally damaged.” Must be a translation error.

    Why do you listen to NPR?

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