A book in progress
This web site presents information and updates about a book that explores the fascinating history of ethyl alcohol as a fuel. The book is to be published next year.
History project video
Ethanol history posterThis free poster about the history of ethanol as a fuel presents ideas from some of the pioneers in the field. Downloadable as a pdf here.
Freedom fuels film"The oil industry was born with the silver spoon of subsidy between its little teeth. It was not born in the spirit of free competition that they like to tell you about all the time. Energy is really political, and it was always political from the very beginning..."
History is civilization's memory; without it, we only repeat the past. But with the sense of vision that history provides, we are not necessarily doomed to running out the clock on the human prospect.
The history of renewable energy in general, and ethanol fuel in particular, has too often been overlooked or distorted for reasons that were never entirely supportable. These include, for example, the way traditional energy industries once dominated the field, or the way historians gravitate to "success" stories. But what if those traditional industries are no long paragons of success? What happens when great social and technological changes are in the wind?
That's when we turn to serious history. As Thucydides said, we need history as a guide to the future, and as a possession for all time -- especially in trying to understand controversial questions like ethanol for fuel.
This web site presents educational information on the history of ethanol and its competitors, especially Ethyl leaded gasoline, but also gasoline additives like BETX and MMT.