What to do about high gas prices?
As we've all noticed, gas prices have been rising. Though my gas prices aren't high (I carpool), I'm a certifiable cheapskate, so I went about exploring alternatives. The easiest thing to me, it seemed, would be to convert my vehicle to CNG (compressed natural gas), available at the Flying J a mile away from me for 68 cents per gallon equivalent.
After doing some research and wandering around in labyrinthine regulations, I came to the conclusion that it would be unfeasible. Though there are easy-to-install aftermarket CNG kits out there, state and federal regulations crimp any hope of large-scale alternative fuel adoption. For cars that are OBD-II (1996 and newer), you're required to have the conversion done at a certified shop using a CARB (California Air Board) and EPA-certified kit. Because of the way the regulations work, the kits are only allowed to placed on certain engine families within certain model years. This, of course, is incredibly limiting. Utah offers a tax credit (up to $3,000), but unless you can acquire a vehicle with a CARB-certified-kit-compatible engine, you're essentially out of luck. To my way of thinking, if my vehicle can pass the standard Utah safety and emissions test, then I should be able to put whatever I'd like in there for fuel.
In other news, Maxine Waters proposed socializing the oil companies. Link here:
Frankly, it's one of the dumber things I've heard the lady say.
So, what are the rest of you doing about increased gas prices?