This is the story of how alcohol was the first fuel that ran automobiles in the USA. Rockefeller paid Congress to outlaw not the drinking of alcohol but the production of alcohol. It was called Prohibition.
Prohibition of alcohol made it essential for cars to run on gasoline, which, prior to that, had been a waste product of the chemical industry, as it was too volatile to be useful for anything else and was being poured into rivers at night to get rid of it.
The first Model T Fords had a choke which you rotated. This changed over the air intake from alcohol to gasoline which needs more air.
Alcohol today would cost $1 a gallon to produce on the average American or European farm, using wheat or apples. That would compete quite well with gasoline which today costs $3-4 in the US or $8-9 in Europe. The monopolists are overpricing themselves, this simple sum would appear to suggest.
The ideal people to try this idea out might be the same who are planting many different apple tree varieties in the Shropshire Hills in England, near my home this month, pictured above. It’s not illegal. Why not knock up a few pots of applejack for summer consumption – by your cars, that is? It would make a nice tempting smell round the country lanes to boot! An apple a day keeps the fuel bills at bay, could be the slogan. Heating could be next, and not a war needed anywhere, except with the local council maybe who might find some daft reason to stop such a simple example of private enterprise from improving the environment!
COMMENTS VIA EMAIL –
to a need to consult with Shropshire Council, who as our host authority
deal with all our contractual matters. The Council’s Legal Services
Department has said that
“In view of the current outstanding enforcement issues relating to the site
and the potential for further litigation being commenced by the Council it
is considered inappropriate for the Council or any of its affiliates to
embark upon a course of conduct that could potentially conflict with or be
construed as compromising the Council’s subsequent ability to take further
enforcement action that it considers appropriate. On that basis the
request is declined.”
We are shocked by this refusal. As are a number of people we have spoken to about it.
This kind of exclusion from the AONB and the council is unacceptable behaviour as Karuna is an official national recognised, sustainable, business operation.
It demonstrates that there is lack of understanding for the community, business or the environment.
It is very sad.
For me, having moved to the area with a desire to improve all the above and made a reasonable amount of success of it,(Increase in Bio diversity, tourism/local food and tree production/Educational resource/community support/wildlife/ it goes on).
I find this closed mindedness…. very depressing.
In any case the excuse for the refusal is ridiculous as absolutely any other persons that happen to be listed could at any time come to have legal issues with the council.
I consider this a serious matter, an act of prejudice, we feel we are being penalised for our eco-beliefs and way of life.”