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  1. IHT Farooqui profile image61
    IHT Farooquiposted 14 years ago

    Dear Friends,

    Every where in tis world pollution is killing us. THousands of vehicles are rolling out from assembly lines daily adding hazardous in the environment. I know this is a hot topic for the engineers but can you suggest some thing how to improve fuel quality and lower down the hazardous factors

    1. thecounterpunch profile image59
      thecounterpunchposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid … 1703421398

      There will be "ecological" cars in the future only if it brings money to the same pockets as today. Environment protection should go with free energy they just don't want to.

      1. Mark Knowles profile image59
        Mark Knowlesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I have a friend who works in the Jaguar design department - They have had a lean burn engine on their design books since the 1960's, but decided not to implement it until the price of oil reached the point when it was needed. We have apparently not reached that point yet.

        And I mentioned earlier that the environmental damage of building a new car is far worse than the car produces in it's lifetime.

    2. profile image52
      johnmccollimposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      More Americans should drive hybrid vehicles to help save the environment and the USA's dependency on foreign oil.(why help fund the terrorist nations?). Do your part and check out hybrid cars or at least buy energy saving light bulbs.

      1. Misha profile image64
        Mishaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I think it would be wise to let people decide for themselves what they "should" and what they "should not" do smile

      2. fxchief profile image57
        fxchiefposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Yes everyone keep buying the jap made hybrids so I can drive my American made corvette and dodge with 8 cylinder engines. This has been proven to not be economical (buying a hybrid - which on average is $9000 more) and you will never see the savings over the life of the vehicle. My Corvette gets 19-28 MPG. Better than most cars.

        Its the same with ethanol. It is a scam!!! If they converted all of the corn in the world into ethanol it would only be 10-12% of the gasoline consumption and it takes 1400 gallons of water to produce one gallon of ethanol plus the time to grow it, fertilizer, farmers etc. Ethanol does not produce the same amount of energy that gasoline does so it requires more to produce the same amount of HP. Cars that use ethanol that are not flex fuel ready will experience corrosion in their fuel lines. The list goes on.

        To me, this is a total scam and the ethanol producers and the farmers know this.

        1. kerryg profile image82
          kerrygposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Corn prices have been so low for so long farmers are jumping at the chance to get more money, and who can blame them? I agree it's a scam, though, and doing no favors to the environment, either in terms of emissions themselves or other issues. Out in Western Nebraska, farmers have been plowing up pasture land that is really too arid and erosion-prone to support corn, and they say the Ogalalla Aquifer is dropping even faster because of the extra irrigation needs. Which is not at all good.

          I'm interested in ethanol from switchgrass, because that's at least drought-resistant, native, and perennial, but unless I'm mistaken (which is possible, because it's been awhile since I've done any reading on it) it still takes more energy to produce than it actually provides. Stupid.

  2. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 14 years ago

    Stop driving.

  3. Zsuzsy Bee profile image86
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 14 years ago

    I couldn't resist commenting Mark. I'm still sitting here snickering about your insightful and totally helpful solution. Good one. Greating from far off Canada.
    regards Zsuzsy

    (IHT Farooqui   I'm not trying to minimize the severeness of the problems in our worlds environment.)
    again regards Zs

  4. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 14 years ago


    I have purposely moved to a place where I don't need a car. Doesn't stop me wanting one, but I haven't driven for ages.
    It's a simple solution. I don't think the answer is in making more fuel efficient cars - regardless of the bull crap bandied around by the gov and petrochemical/automotive industries, there is more pollution made in building a car than ever the car will produce in it's life time. They are just using it as an excuse to sell you a new car.

  5. Zsuzsy Bee profile image86
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 14 years ago

    Mark I sure agree with you! The building that housed my tailor shop burned down a couple of years ago. My car was behind the store. The heat from the fire was so intense, the insides became so brittle and ... everything just "powderified" (if there is such a word) with other words the car was kaput. I haven't replaced it either and highly doubt I ever will. It's a little hard when living in the country but it's do-able.
    Great Holidays to you and yours
    regards Zsuzsy

  6. shailini profile image57
    shailiniposted 14 years ago

    I go wallking to places or else I use my environment-friendly vehicle - bicycle.. True.

    1. IHT Farooqui profile image61
      IHT Farooquiposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      You looks beutiful i think that a great idea.

  7. Kenny Wordsmith profile image74
    Kenny Wordsmithposted 14 years ago

    In five years we shall see more vehicles running on alternate sources of energy, without smoke or noise. The price of fuel will rise and rise, and become really forbidding. Till then we have to be as green as we can be. Work from home, ride bicycles, walk...

  8. funride profile image72
    funrideposted 14 years ago

    Everytime I can I use bicycle or walking, when I can´t I use my friendly hibrid car - Honda Civic IMA (both electric and gasoline powered). It only spend 4 to 5 lt per km!

    Because of this I get the idea for another hub! eheheheh

    1. funride profile image72
      funrideposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      And there he is http://hubpages.com/hub/MY-HYBRID-CAR

      He´s almost part of the family! big_smile

  9. spiche profile image61
    spicheposted 14 years ago

    There are no perfect green car but, now everybody can do something to reduce Car Pollution.
    Help your car Fuel Efficiency.


    1. Misha profile image64
      Mishaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      You are still promoting this water scam big_smile Shame on you!

  10. pjdscott profile image72
    pjdscottposted 14 years ago

    Unless oil levels get dangerously low, I don't think you can impose on people to buy environmentally-friendly cars. It's our choice that we bought a Toyota Prius a couple of years ago, but I don't expect everyone else to do so, neither do I evangelise about its fantastic economy. It makes a huge difference to economy if your tyres are correctly inflated and I do try and check them once a month. The cold weather hammers the economy, but that's the same for every car.

    Summer mpg for a long run = 61-63 mpg. Winter mpg for a long run = 53-56 mpg.

    Summer mpg for a short run = 56-58 mpg. Winter mpg for a short run = 48-51 mpg.

    Our all-time record was 63.8mpg on continuous motorway driving in the summer.

    I'll finish evangelising now! Thanks for posting such an interesting topic.

    1. Mark Bennett profile image60
      Mark Bennettposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Seems to me we would be a lot more energy-efficient if everyone moved away from the parts of the world where it snows in winter ...

  11. Misha profile image64
    Mishaposted 14 years ago


    It's all very impressive in terms of fuel economy, and hybrid cars do consume less gas - when used properly, as you rightly mentioned.

    It is not that easy with pollution, though. Environmental costs of a car are not limited to exhaust gases it emits during its life. There are huge environmental costs associated with production and disposal of cars. Some people think those costs are much higher than exhaust pollution. And hybrid cars do not shine here due to their massive batteries....

  12. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 14 years ago

    I'm with Misha - The environmental damage caused in the production of a new car far outweighs the damage it will cause in it's life time - You have just been suckered into buying a new car.

    If you really wanted to make a difference you should have run your old car for another 20 years.

  13. Stacie Naczelnik profile image70
    Stacie Naczelnikposted 14 years ago

    I usually walk or take a public bus.  The car is only used for weekend grocery shopping trips or out of the way places, like grandma's house or the dentist.

    One of our senators has proposed that car owners are charged more or less depending on their car emissions.  It will be tough to pass, but I'm on board.


  14. profile image52
    Carter Reamesposted 14 years ago

    We short sighted to try to deal with car pollution in a vacuum. The US needs a truly integrated energy policy but I'm not sure we will ever see it out of our politicians until catastrophe sticks.

    We need to see 75 percent of our electric power generated by clean, new generation nuclear power for clean electric car driving.

    Also a $2 per gallon fuel tax for funding incentives for a hydrogen fuel distribution infrastructure system, and to reduce hydrocarbon fuel consumption.

  15. bloggerjb profile image64
    bloggerjbposted 14 years ago

    I usually take public transportation.  Keep an eye out for ZAP cars though.  They are all electric, and have signed deals with some major companies to do product distribution such as Coca Cola.

  16. RoRClubSAVE profile image60
    RoRClubSAVEposted 14 years ago

    Ms Stacie posted :

    One of our senators has proposed that car owners are charged more or less depending on their car emissions.  It will be tough to pass, but I'm on board.

    Hank was wondering how they would charge for the emissions?  The E.P.A. Est. Rating or

    emissions at a testing site in your state.   I am sure that I have reduce my emissions by over 30% to maybe 50% and won't want to be charged for the E.P.A. Est. Ratings.

    1. Stacie Naczelnik profile image70
      Stacie Naczelnikposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      We have to go through emissions testing before we can license our vehicles - the tests are on 1 -3 year rotations.  That's here in Washington state.

  17. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 14 years ago

    None of these taxes will work. the people with money will just pay them, the people with no money will avoid them . All that will happen is the government has another revenue stream which it will find something to spend on. Like bigger tanks smile

    The whole electric car idea is a joke - they just want you to buy a new car and disregard the fact that producing a new car generates more pollution than the car will ever do in it's life time. And most of our electricity is produced by burning hydrocarbons. Even in th UAE, they are looking at building coal fired generating plants.

    The only real answer is a move away from personal transportation, a shift to public transport and investment in sustainable power such as wind/wave/solar/hydroelectric. This will never happen. Too much money to be made - your government doesn't care one whit about pollution and has no interest in preventing it. Mine doesn't either. If they did, they would stop pointing the finger at China as being the problem and then allowing the corporations to shift their manufacturing facilities to China and import every thing from there. No interest in stopping pollution. None.

    Plus the pollution made by cars is peanuts to aeroplanes. Yet Heathrow has just had an enormous new terminal added to increase the amount of air traffic. Money, money, money.

  18. Misha profile image64
    Mishaposted 14 years ago


    Teleportation IS the answer! wink

  19. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 14 years ago

    I know - I am still waiting for it. LOL

    The vote seems to be in favor, so I'm not sure what the hold up is smile

  20. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 14 years ago

    And then of course you have people like this who couldn't care less and just want cheap gas for their dodge 8 cylinder.

  21. Misha profile image64
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    And sell snake and snail oil on their hubs, too big_smile

    1. fxchief profile image57
      fxchiefposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I see you just follow Mark around and say the most ignorant thing you can before actually reading someone else's hub.

      What exactly is your point? My hubs are there to help others, have you actually read into them?

      If you make bonehead remarks - We'll, that means your a BoneHead!!!

    2. topstuff profile image60
      topstuffposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      You never buy

  22. Misha profile image64
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    Sure I am a bonehead big_smile

    But bonehead with masters degree and about 10 years experience in car engines design tongue

    Water that you sell IS snake oil, no matter how you call me wink

    PS However I DO agree that hybrids are not the way to go...

  23. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 14 years ago

    I am quoting myself here:

    "The day you can run your car on water is the day you discover that all the water is owned by the government and the corporations and costs $100 a gallon."

  24. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 14 years ago
  25. topstuff profile image60
    topstuffposted 14 years ago

    Those vehicles will not move on these present roads,perhaps there will be some other roads on their place.

  26. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 14 years ago
  27. funride profile image72
    funrideposted 14 years ago

    Unfortunately hydrogen isn`t very easy to produce yet, I suppose that`s why will probably have to wait a little longer roll. But who knows, maybe it`s still possible that we will drive them on our present roads big_smile.

  28. guidebaba profile image56
    guidebabaposted 14 years ago

    What about CNG . CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) Dramitacilly lowered down the Pollution Level of New Delhi in India. CNG is a Great Source of Pollution-Free Fuel.

  29. First_home_buyer profile image53
    First_home_buyerposted 14 years ago

    Bicycles are a nice alternative. I'd love to be able to buy a 100% electric car along with a windmill that generates electricity. That way no more gasoline usage. 100% powered by converting the wind into electricity and using the electricity to power the car. Unfortunately, this is beyond my budget right now...

  30. Superiorhealth profile image59
    Superiorhealthposted 14 years ago

    I guess no one here has seen the Toyota Prius that runs on gas and electric with a switch over while driving! You can get up to 60+ mpg by alternating back and forth from gas to electric! Now all we need is for ALL the manufacturers to do the same and perfect it!!! Onward and upward!

    Tom yikes

    1. IHT Farooqui profile image61
      IHT Farooquiposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      yup, the car called dual fuel type Hybrid.

  31. gogetter profile image59
    gogetterposted 14 years ago

    The motor industry is taking the environment and the cost of gas into consideration.  Telsa is now producing an solar car that looks like a car rather than a "Mr Gadget" type car.  It's a double edged sword really we need to manuafacture new and better cars and hence buy them to decrease pollution in the future at some point your a going to have to buy a new car!


    BTW  I thought Google had stop using the water-for-fuel scam ads - they are still appearing!


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