From this article we learned that natural gas can not only be liquefied (LNG), it can also be converted from a gas to a liquid (GTL). According to the article, “The technology essentially breaks down natural gas and converts it into a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide before using chemical reactions to make diesel and jet fuel. No new cars, engines, or filling stations are required.”
We will be most interested to see what effect such a fuel would have on the transportation industry.
When we first read this article, we thought this must be some new technology. However, the article noted: “The technology was developed in the 1920s and commercialized in Nazi Germany, which did not have local sources of oil. About 95 percent of the Luftwaffe’s aviation fuel during the Battle of Britain was produced using the Fischer-Tropsch process, named for the chemists who created it.” The full article can be accessed at: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-05-02/why-natural-gas-powered-vehicles-are-catching-on#p2.
Unfortunately, we did not greet all the news we have received of late with the same enthusiasm we had for the story on the use of natural gas to power vehicles. For example, even though we knew it was coming, we were still unprepared for the announcement that CCS had accepted money for sports uniforms as a result of their having changed the school’s nickname.
When the proposal of money for new uniforms if the name was changed first came to light back in the winter, we were asked if such a payment would be considered a bribe or a payoff. We had no answer then and we have no answer now. However, we do think it is quite possible that having the school accept the money could change one’s thinking that by changing the name “the school did the right thing for the right reason” to “the school did the right thing for the wrong reason.” And it certainly does give one the opportunity to wonder what else at the school might be “for sale,” something we would really not particularly like to ponder.
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