... I remember ole’ Boone fearing $5/mbtu not too long ago. Prices have fallen like a lead balloon since. They were $12/mbtu+ just a few years ago. $3/mbtu has all but destroyed his nutty windmill ideas. Now there’s more Natural Gas than we know what to do with!... Can’t some of our creative Beeks figure out a good way to convert cars to NG? ...
In the United States alone there are more proven AND recoverable oil reserves under the ground today than has been produced, consumed, or burned by the entire Earth starting when the first oil well was drilled in 1859 and continuing to the present.
Why would anyone like TB Pickens invest good money in a way that turns good money into bad money or even into no money. :? OL T. Boon Pickens is a business man, a Congressman he ain’t. A businessman makes money, a Congressman throws money away.
Running a car on Natural Gas is easy as Pi (or is it pie?). It has been done for years and years and years. There's only one problem, and that problem is that you don't get a lot of motive force from NG, LNG, LP gas or Hydrogen gas. In this respect Compressed NG or LP etc is a lot like the low BTUs in Ethanol that you and I have both described in unflattering terms elsewhere on this forum. And did I mention that the mileage you get from NG sucks?
There is however one advantage to NG and that advantage is reduced emissions and reduced engine wear, but modern gasoline engines have reduced these advantages. Also Natural Gas or other compressed gas vehicles still need to carry and burn gasoline to crank (start) and nun on to reach a temp at which NG of LP will burn in a manner that will keep the engine running. So right now in your part of the world a 30 minute one way commute may stretch into a two hour or longer Marathon after the warm up period is taken into consideration. Less during summer (maybe).