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European Truck Drivers on STRIKE!!

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posted on Jun, 9 2008 @ 08:00 PM
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Not tens nor hundreds.. But thousands of truck drivers, across different countries, join and revolt against the high outrageous gas prices... The truck drivers are complaining now.. Wow, wait till the gas price nearly doubles, that will hurt the transportation industries. Gosh, and you hope to see the semi truck driving companies switch to hybrids. Shame on them. More and more similar strikes like this will happen more often, as gas continues to go up.. This is a small margin of how economies are going to fall, from truck drivers failing to deliver goods to small or large businesses. Just because the gas prices are too high, for truckers to afford a decent living.

news.yahoo.com...




posted on Jun, 9 2008 @ 08:06 PM
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We've had one of the large US transportation Co.'s; Jevic, shut down without advance notice in May. There were lot's of stranded truck drivers across the country very angry because the Company shut down the fuel cards on the drivers before letting the drivers know what was going on. My husband is a local driver for another company and he heard lots of complaints that day on the radio.

Here is a link to their site Jevic

A_L



posted on Jun, 9 2008 @ 08:09 PM
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Good! Only when people can't buy bread and milk and start marching in the streets will countries begin setting up theiir own biodiesel factories en masse.



posted on Jun, 9 2008 @ 08:10 PM
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There has even been protests in the UK by truckers and other road users.

We're not as militant and hot-headed as our Mediterranean counterparts, so it has to bad when the British turn out to protest!



Vans, coaches and taxis will join a convoy of Scottish hauliers making its way from North Lanarkshire to Holyrood in a protest over the cost of fuel.

Up to 100,000 lorries are due to stage the "go-slow" protest on the M8, which will start at Strathclyde Country Park.

Protestors will hand a letter to Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson asking him to urge the UK Government to reduce the duty on fuel.

It follows similar protests in Wales and London last month.





BBC-Scotland
BBC-Wales
BBC-England




[edit on 9/6/08 by stumason]



posted on Jun, 9 2008 @ 08:21 PM
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Sooner or later the tech for on demand HHO will hit the market as snap on kits to normal internal combustion engines, and then this whole thing will wash away with the water that will fuel us. Or maybe it will take a bit longer, but the people of the world will realise that electric cars can be made with less than 20 parts in their engine+transmission systems, last much longer and are much more efficient, smooth running and quiet than these gasoline dinosaurs we drive. And Nature literally overcompensates with energy, we can make it out of sunlight, store it in batteries, we can burn water, we can cover our cities in solar panels and basically set people free from energy monopolies (of which biofuels could be another one, which is why I don't like them).

It's time to break out of artificial energy scarcity and retool for an economy of true prosperity, free from oligarchy. I for one how decided never to buy a new fossil fuel car, so either the auto industry serves my intentions or I will be buying second hand cars and maintaining them myself at 0 profit for the industry. The decision is theirs. I want either a hydrogen viehicle which comes with its own fuel generation kit or a full electric which I can run off solar panels and charge at home. I need at least 200km autonomy, and ideally 500. I am sure the technology exists to make this happen now, and I'm always shocked at how the autoindustry dresses outdated technology with sexy design and insists on making hybrids and ecotech viehicles dog ugly. Time to get with the times, because if the hydrogen things pan out I'll buy an old(ish) SUV and run it on water



posted on Jun, 9 2008 @ 08:26 PM
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General Motors, same kind of deal. SUV's and Trucks will soon be out of the picture probably almost everywhere unless a solution arises. Like alternative fuels. Vehicles that use biofuels will also be a downturn to the economy too. There won't be too many of them around in the future. Just because well, the cost of corn is going to boost up in price as well which will also bump up the biofuel cost. I will either go with either electrical or water powered vehicles.

www.gm-trucks.com...



posted on Jun, 9 2008 @ 08:34 PM
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Originally posted by Zepherian
Time to get with the times, because if the hydrogen things pan out I'll buy an old(ish) SUV and run it on water


I exactly told my parents just that of when I get a car. Switch out the gas engine and bring in the water engine. Then I could get the kind of car that I always wanted, without the worry of paying for gas. But rather getting water from a public pool for free.

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posted on Jun, 9 2008 @ 08:38 PM
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With a very slight conversion, you can run a diesel engined vehicle off vegetable oil. A converted car would be primarily Veg Oil but will have a diesel start up to warm the Veg oil so it's viscosity is lowered enough to allow the diesel engine to run.

Or, if you don't fancy converting the engine, you could mix the Veg oil with 1/8th part kerosene. That would lower the viscosity enough to run the vehicle without having to employ a diesel powered warmer-upper thingamy.

EDIT: The first cars were designed with veg oil in mind as at the dawn of the 20th century natural oil was a very rare commodity.


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posted on Jun, 9 2008 @ 08:48 PM
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Very interesting stumason. Veggie oil... It would also less likely freeze up in the very cold weather. Than finding out that your water tank is a giant solid block of ice or solid block of fuel during the winter time. Then you gotta find a way to melt it to get your car running. That's the disadvantage of having a water car. Not only that but water expands when it freezes. Hoping that your water tank won't rupture or anything like that!


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posted on Jun, 9 2008 @ 09:00 PM
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I suspect it's possible to swap out the gas tank for a water tank and have an electrolosis unit generate HHO and either swap out the gas (liquid) injection system to a gaseous (HHO) injection system or pump it in through the air admission system. So you probably would just need to rework the existing engine and not buy a new one. Several companies claim it's a very cheap conversion to run a gas hydrogen hybrid, so it shouldn't be very expensive to get rid of the gas altogether.

Some people have said that hydrogen burns too hot to be used in an internal combustion engine, but I suspect that's disinfo, because in that case you would naturally just use less of it.

Once there's a strong enough grass root movement for this alternative tech oil will vanish, as they've managed to sit on this tech before the internet but I think it's very close to reaching critical mass and the cat will be out of the bag. I am very hopefull for the outcome of this energy crysis. Once hydrogen hybrids and electrics start reaching the roads oil will become very cheap, but people should still dump it like a bad date, because there is literally no upside to it. If this is done quick it might even outpace government taxation and reduce government income, which in these times of bad governance would help keep the worlds problems from getting worse.

Every cloud has a silver lining.



posted on Jun, 9 2008 @ 09:02 PM
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Just insulate and electrically heat the tank, it's a bit more expensive but perfectly doable. Or put some antifreeze in it. Keeping water from freezing is not a massive technical milestone



posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 08:13 AM
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Here in Portugal the truck strike is cutting the entry of fuel, there are alot of gas stations getting empty and everybody is rushing to the still full stations to get gas. Also this is also starting to happen in Madrid.

The Lisbon airport is also getting low on fuel, planes are fueling in Oporto airport now.



posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 12:43 PM
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Originally posted by jpm1602
Good! Only when people can't buy bread and milk and start marching in the streets will countries begin setting up theiir own biodiesel factories en masse.


great, let's burn the remaining food! who needs to eat anyway?

may i point you to the following thread

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 09:01 PM
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What? Why are they going on strike now? Gas prices have always been high in Europe though! Why do it now? It is not making much sense!



posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 09:26 PM
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Simplistic Zepherian!
Only thing is it's hard getting everybody to do it. Or they are being lazy, surely the car companies would have to come up with something that could over come the elements of nature. Safety would be my number 1 thing to look at in a car. I would re-inforce my car all around with thick rubber for protection. The second thing that I would look for in a car, would be efficiency.


tpeele sadly the time has come. Oil companies are raking in billions from us, saying that they are running out of oil, but that is all just an excuse to raise gas prices even higher. They'll someday have to ration gas because we rely on gas for heating transportation and many other things. They want us to fear that there will not be enough oil for anybody fairly soon, so what do they do. They'll hike up the price of gas even higher, because supply would be limited and demand will still be as high as ever. It'll also get more people to do something about it and switch to another alternative fuel.

I also think the fuel protests around those areas will likely spark other fuel protests. Because, people who don't have the courage to start up protests, could now join the other people who are protesting while they still can. They are on the same boat like every other person.

The bubble can only get bigger and eventually will burst.







[edit on 11-6-2008 by Shrukin89]



posted on Jun, 16 2008 @ 03:18 AM
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