by Erik Deckers
American Reporter Humor Writer
November 13, 2009
WHAT THE BLEEP IS WRONG WITH MEEP?
BRADENTON, Fla., Nov. 9. 2009 -- When you think about all the issues President Barack Obama has piled on his plate, it's enough to give you the willies.
He's got the huge fight for health reform looming in the U.S. Senate, when tens of millions of dollars will be deployed by insurers in a last-minute, all-out fight to reclaim their right not to insure people and not to pay them when they do.
He's got Hurricane Ida, a healthy disaster-in-the-making that is going to smack the Gulf Coast like a Mike Tyson uppercut on Tuesday and Wednesday. The memory of Hurricane Katrina will make the pressure to respond effectively even higher than it is.
He's got the imminent decision to deploy or not to deploy more troops in Afghanistan. That's one that is critical not only for him and for America, but for world history as it unfolds over the next century.
He's got an economy that is still dangling by a thin thread over the abyss. High unemployment, frozen lending, a new sub-prime catastrophe in commercial real estate, growing competition from Asian economies led by China, and a widespread feeling of dread about the Christmas season and beyond.
It's a great time for the anti-American Republicans to chop his legs out from underneath him, and they'll do everything they can to accomplish that. They don't care if Mr. Obama's failures are America's failures, or whether we'll all be hurt a lot worse than he is.
And then he's got folks like me who genuinely love and admire the man but who have to wonder just how much he can do. He's not Superman; he's Barack Hussein Obama. Other than JFK, FDR, Bill Clinton, Woodrow Wilson, Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson, he's the brightest President we've ever had. All his brains can't solve all his problems, though.
As an American, I ask myself what I can do to help. How can I ease his enormous burden, help him accomplish his historic and far-reaching goals, and help my country become the fairer, better, freer and more affluent place it ought to be?
I have staked out my little plot of land in the field of alternative energy. I know that if Americans can overcome their doubts and skepticism about hydrogen and oxyhydrogen, or HHO, we can put several million people back to work making and installing the simple gas-saving kits like one I have on my car. We can do that and accomplish another miracle by putting a substantial chunk of people's gas money back in their pockets while making a real advance in our efforts to heal and refresh the waters, lands and skies of America and the world.
Doing that means we'll probably have to engage the very well-armed forces of the world's petroleum industry. ExxonMobil has been advertising an onboard hydrogen generator that would reduce fuel costs by 80 percent in any vehicle as one of its scientific achievements. So far, though, they have been slow to respond to invitations to unveil it at the Nov. 21-22 HHO Games & Exposition in Florida, which are sponsored by The American Reporter on a shoestring budget on the under-funded college campuses that welcome us.
While engineer-inventor Nazeer Bhore told us the Exxon device was 10 years in development, hydrogen was first used to power a vehicle (which leapt a few dozen feet each time the fuel was ignited) in 1805. Today's kits sell for $300-$600 and usually save 30 to 50 percent on gasoline. Hundreds of companies make them, and thousands more earn a living installing them on everything from bicycles to tandem semis that gain power and save fuel roaring down the Interstate."
Beyond the ExxonMobil device, both friends and strangers in the small HHO industry have told me about their work in the garages and Quonset huts and work benches they have occupied for endless hours as they move the technology forward. In the latest iteration, a British inventor who cleaned up the emissions of London's 2,000 hacks has now found a way to produce copious amounts of hydrogen without an electrolyte, which is the barrier set by British air quality standards that he has been obsessed in finding a way to overcome.
Out in Seattle, a consortium of small HHO developers has turned its powers of invention to titanium, finding those plates when coated with something called mixed metal oxides are able to produce far more hydrogen in far smaller amounts of space. Others have discovered how to produce up to 100 liters a minute in a vehicle and a power supply to handle all the electrical needs to do that. Others have used ceramic technology to generate electricity from heat produced by the tailpipe and the wind passing beneath a car or truck. Truck magazines have told about several different kits that are saving over-the-road truckers $15,000 for every extra mile per gallon they get with hydrogen.
HHO is kind of amazing. On the HHO Games Website a Taiwanese company called Chome Energy shows HHO-fueled stoves, incredible welding equipment, HHO steam boilers and an amazing six-inch-wide column of white hot HHO flame used to burn toxic medical wastes. Two feet of thin tin stovepipe is the barrel for that five-foot flame and as it roars out the barrel the man in the video lays his hand on it and keeps it there - no radiant heat is emanating from it! The developer's U.S. spokesman, Peter Crunk, says they could send that same 10,000-degree flame through a rubber hose with the same result. It makes me shiver to think about it.
Here's how you can tell how good it is: the Attorney General of Texas, whom I knew as a kid, is trying to put one of the recent pioneers in the field, Ozzie Freedom, in jail for writing a book about it. Really. And when the FTC took an HHO developer to court in New Jersey, the Federal judge who heard the evidence threw out their case after the government's expert witness turned out to be completely ignorant of the topic.
It's our way out of a hundred dilemmas, and been in use in one form or another since 1800 after Italian scientist Alessandro Volta discovered electrolysis (running a current through oppositely-charged rods in water) and almost immediately refined on April 30, 1800, by English philosopher Thomas Carlyle and his beloved friend, the great British chemist William Nicholson, who announced "the electrical decomposition of water" into hydrogen and oxygen - also known as HHO, Brown's Gas, oxyhydrogen, blue water gas, and charged water - and stimulated two long, slow centuries of discovery and invention.
Standard Oil and gasoline stopped most of that work in its tracks, but at the beginning of World War I industry was using dozens of different materials to generate up to 10,000 liters of hydrogen per hour, some of it for surveillance balloons used by the French, Germans and English on the battlefields of Europe.
At a recent alternative energy show in Orlando, Peter Crunk ran a 100 feet of thin plastic tubing from the little hydrogen generator on his Suburban out to a 24-inch rubber balloon in a vacant lot. We yelled out to a golfer so far away he couldn't really hear us when we told him to plug his ears. The guy looked at the innocent-looking erect balloon with a puzzled look on his face. When it went off, he started jumping up and down.
Hydrogen burns at 3,200 feet per second, four times as fast as gasoline (which is why it increases horsepower and leaves no emissions when it supplements gasoline), so he told us if we waited to plug our ears until he lit the match, the speed of the flame would reach the balloon before we could get our hands over our ears. A hundred feet away, as the onboard generator spit out a couple of liters of hydrogen gas a minute, Crunk lit his end of the 1/4-inch hose. Instantaneously, the concussion of a sonic boom blasted harmlessly into the air, heard more than two miles away. The amazed golfer stared at us. I was proud to be the only one there who knew the speed of hydrogen is sometimes measured by the speed of sound.
Now American firms like Infinite Earth in Orlando, Fla., are demonstrating the same HHO flames used to reduce rubber tires to hydrogen and valuable carbon powder, while Startech Unlimited in Connecticut creates ceramic materials and several other valuable and usually costly products with the slag of incinerated toxic waste. Others are hard at work finding ways to heat and cool homes at a fraction of the current cost with HHO fuel.
So, Mr. President, my beloved friend, there is the equivalent of another Internet waiting to be born. With it will come vast new employment, thousands of decentralized new cottage industries, and oceans of money ordinary people can actually spend or save. That's the dessert that awaits you when you can turn your mind to it, and like Bill Clinton, usher in a new era of prosperity unlike any we have ever seen before.
It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
Bradenton Herald: http://www.bradenton.com/news/special_reports/story/1852390.html Tampa Tribune: http://southshore2.tbo.com/content/2009/nov/17/hho-games-bradenton-nov-21-22/ The Bradenton Times: http://www.thebradentontimes.com/news/2009/11/16/business_financial/hydrogen_system_pegged_as_gas_saver/