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"GasHole" is a new documentary film about the history of Oil prices and the future of alternative fuels. The film takes a wide, yet detailed examination of our dependence on foreign supplies of Oil. What are the causes that led from America turning from a leading exporter of oil to the world's largest importer? What are the economic and sociological forces that have contributed to that change and impede its solution? The film examines many different potential solutions to our oil dependence. Starting with claims of buried technology that dramatically improves gas mileage, to navigating bureaucratic governmental roadblocks, to evaluating different alternative fuels that are technologically available now, to questioning the American Consumer's reluctance to embrace alternatives. If you buy gasoline, you should see this movie! Written by
Reviews interesting hidden patent stories from the past
The reviewer claiming "urban legend" about the stories in the film cannot back up that accuastion.
I have actually located a listing for the "Fuel Economy of the Gasoline Engine" book mentioned in the film and it is "missing" from my local university's science library, just as they mentioned it is from the library of congress. There is plenty of reason to believe what is stated in this film. Actual patents are shown; articles are shown detailing these events.
It is not the case that the "patents" for more economical engines would make more money than continuing to get us all paying a tithe at the thanks constantly. It is very believable to me by looking at the behavior of oil companies the past 50 years, beginning with Standard Oil's monopoly behavior that it got a slap on the wrist for which resulted in ending the era of the street cars in the 1900s, that oil companies have definitely conspired to prevent better gas mileage. It is clear to me from watching gas mileage improve in the late 1970s with Carter's administration and then to watch a competition between car manufacturers until it started going backward in the early 1980s with Reagan, that there was a deliberate effort made to slow technology down.
I avoid "tin foil hat" shows and websites but I've watched THIS particular issue my whole life and this film helps fill in a few more blanks about why this has been happening. They don't make any claims and just show what they can document.
The stories of H.E. Crozier (Modesto, CA), David Blackmore of Shell (author of "Fuel Economy of the Gasoline Engine"), Tom Ogle (El Paso, TX - documented by the El Paso Times, El Paso Journal, and Argosy magzine in 1977).
I agree with the cynical reviewer in his stating that a gas-efficient carburetor such as getting 200 mpg isn't the ideal solution at this point given climate change issues; the real solution is to get away entirely from petroleum fuels entirely. But this behavior of oil companies squelching energy technologies such as the simple change to better gas efficiency, along with the pushing away from the GM EV1 electric car in the 1990s.
I have read and seen oil CEOs state flat out (without realizing the implications) that the oil companies "help" auto manufacture with design consultations for their engines. There is a good bit of logic and evidence for this shameful state of affairs regarding corrupt oil industry players slowing down progress in technology -- even to the point of letting our planet's environment be at risk. Greed apparently is more important to them than doing their part to help the earth against climate change. The oil companies spend only a tiny fraction on new technologies and still remain all in on investment in polluting carbon burning petroleum technologies.
The points made in this film are therefore quite believable and carefully documented, without displaying more than they were able to find. I would have scored it higher if they would have gone further in their investigations.
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