Alcohol Can Be A Gas!: Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century (Paperback)

Today: $31.09
Free Shipping*

Club O Gold Members Earn

$1.55 | 5% Rewards*




5% Rewards

Earn even faster

Free Shipping

Never pay extra*

Exclusive Rewards

Save big-- up to 40%

Exclusive Offers

Straight to your inbox

5% Dining Rewards

Get paid to go out tonight

ITEM# 10939271
  • Delivery Estimate

    Select a Product Option to view shipping

      **Delivery date is approximate and not guaranteed. Estimates include processing and shipping times, and are only available in US (excluding APO/FPO and PO Box addresses). Final shipping costs are available at checkout.

    • Notifications

    Love this item?

    Save it to a list so you can find it anytime!


    something went wrong.

    Please refresh the page and try again.


    ITEM#: 10939271

    David Blume started his ecological training young.He and his father Jerry grew almost all the food their family ate, organically—on a city lot in San Francisco in the mid-60s! Dave taught his first ecology class in 1970. After majoring in Ecological Biology and Biosystematics at San Francisco State University, he worked on experimental projects, first for NASA, and then as a member of the Mother Earth News Eco Village alternative building and alternative energy teams.When the energy crisis of 1978–79 struck, Dave started the American Homegrown Fuel Co., an educational organization that taught upwards of 7000 people how to produce and use low-cost alcohol fuel at home or on the farm.KQED, San Francisco’s Public Broadcasting System station, asked Dave to put his alcohol workshop on television, and together they spent two years making the ten-part series, Alcohol as Fuel. To accompany the series, Dave wrote the comprehensive manual on the subject, the original Alcohol Can Be A Gas! Shortly after the first show aired, in 1983, oil companies threatened to pull out their funding if the series was continued. KQED halted the distribution of the series and book (see this current book’s Introduction for the whole story.) In 1984, Dave founded Planetary Movers, an award-winning social experiment and commercial venture, well known for productive activism (e.g., on behalf of Nicaragua’s Sandinistas), as well as for pioneering practices of progressive employment, green marketing, and the sharing of a percentage of profits for peace and the environment.In 1994, he started Our Farm. This communitysupported agriculture (CSA) farm was also a teaching farm, based on sustainable practices, that hosted over 200 interns and apprentices from all over the world, and held regular tours for thousands of people. Our Farm grew as much as 100,000 pounds of food per acre, without a tractor, using only hand tools, on a terraced, 35-degree slope.The International Institute for Ecological Agriculture (IIEA), founded by Dave in 1993, is dedicated to healing the planet while providing for the human community with research, education, and the implementation of socially just, ecologically sound, resource-conserving forms of agriculture—the basis of all sustainable societies.The IIEA teaches permaculture, an ethical system of ecological land design, which incorporates the disciplines of agriculture, hydrology, energy, architecture, economics, social science, animal husbandry, forestry, and others.Dave and his IIEA associates are establishing a biofuels station in Santa Cruz, California, that will offer alcohol fuel in a driver-owned cooperative, as detailed in this book. Dave is currently Executive Director of the IIEA.He has consulted for a wide array of clients, including governments, farmers, and companies interested in turning waste into valuable and profitable products. Recent work includes a feasibility study for a macadamia growers’ cooperative in Mexico, and a water harvesting/reforestation project in Antigua, West Indies. He is working with a farming college connected to the government of Ghana to develop alternative fuels, to train agricultural extension agents in organic farming, and to design an ecological strategy to stop the Sahara Desert from advancing. He also recently inspired the city of Urbana, Illinois, to hold a conference between builders, lenders, developers, municipalities, building inspectors, architects, and engineers, to coordinate the mainstreaming of natural building technologies. He has helped the Ford Motor Company demonstrate alcohol-fuel-powered vehicles at a series of U.S. events.“Farmer Dave” is often called upon to testify before agencies on issues related to the land and democracy. He is a frequent speaker at ecological, sustainability, Peak Oil, and agricultural conferences in the Americas, and has appeared in interviews over 1000 times in print, radio, and television.Dave firmly be
    The most complete manual on alcohol fuel production and use ever written. Not just a very detailed how-to manual but a thorough treatment of all the issues raging in the public debate over ethanol. Historical, political, ecological, agricultural, and ecological implications of replacing petroleum with farm produced alcohol fuel. The technical sections have been drawn from hands on grassroots expeience by the author and others in production of fuel from a wide variety of crops and waste products, conversion of literally every sort of engine in existence to utilize ethanol instead of gas or diesel. Also covers cogeneration of electricity and heat with alcohol as well as cooking, cooling and lighting with alternative fuel. Shows the economics of small scale alcohol production and instructs the reader how to legally produce their own moonshine while harvesting tax credit usually given to petroleum companies that mix alcohol with their fuel.The book contains 473 endnotes, a 6000 entry index, and extensive glossary. FROM THE BACK COVER This book is a complete toolkit for farmers, contractors, alternative energy users, mechanics, people concerned with climate change or Peak Oil and anone who thinks they are paying to much for fuel.How to make alcohol for about 47 cents per gallon How to organize a profitable, driver-controlled neighborhood alcohol fuel station Ways to convert your gas engine to 100% alcohol for as little as $50 How to beat oil companies by operating your own small alcohol fuel company.How to get the 61 cents per gallon federal ethanol tax credit refunded to you as cash.How to correctly fill out the permit that legally allows you to make 200 proof moonshine fuel.Would you be surprised to know: Detroit has made flexible fueled alcohol cars for sale in the US since 1994 You can fill up on alcohol at more than 1200 stations in the US.Your gasoline car can already use at least 50% ethanol without modification.Brazil runs 50% of its cars on straight ethanol.Ethanol is liquid solar energy and we can reverse global warming by switching to alcohol fuel.Alcohol is 105 octane, as good as the best racing or aviation fuels.Alcohol Can Be A Gas! gives every reader the power to take back control of energy from oil companies. This book is packed with actual experiences, proven data, practical designs, and great stories. It also provides the nitty gritty details neede to fuel a revolution of small businesses prepared to exploit the market opportunities around ecological auto fuel production.


    ISBN 9780979043772
    Genre TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture
    Format Paperback
    Pages 596
    Publisher Date 2007-11-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Intl Inst for Ecological Agric
    Copyright Year 2007
    Height 10.75 in
    Wdth 8.25 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 3.2 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Blume, David
    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
    Country of Origin United States

    Product Reviews

    5 Stars
    4 Stars
    3 Stars
    2 Stars
    1 Stars
    • Most Recent

    • Alcohol Can Be A Gas!
      Verified Purchase

      Should be on every American's reading list! This is a compendium on a realistic alternative fuel and how we can turn all our major national problems around in a couple of years. No Kidding!

      Read More

    Questions & Answers

    Yay! Be the first to ask a question about this product.

    Shopping Tips & Inspiration

    Shipping & Returns

    Contact Information

    This item will be delivered to you via USPS Trackable Media Mail or UPS Mail Innovations and will take from 2 days to 3 weeks from the time the item leaves our warehouse. *

    This product is not yet released, and is expected to ship on Jan. 1, 2007.

    This date is subject to change. In order to assure you receive's low price on this item, your credit card will be charged upon order placement. The item will ship immediately upon release.

    Standard Return Policy:

    Items must be returned in new or unused condition and contain all original materials included with the shipment. More Details

    FINAL SALE EXCLUSION: Items marked as FINAL SALE are not returnable unless the problem you experience is the result of our error.

    For your protection, all orders are screened for security purposes. If your order is selected for review, our Loss Prevention Team may contact you by phone or email. There may be a two business day delay to process your order.

    ** Most Oversize orders are delivered within 1-4 weeks. Some orders may take 6 weeks to be delivered.