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  • Tesla Motors Vs. Clean Energy Fuels [View article]
    I love your articles and I'm glad you are willing to continue and debate the koolaid drinkers. Here are a few facts that I can personally attest to. First- there is a rubber o-ring located in the fuel nozel coupling that can, over time, leak. My cng truck is fourteen years old and does not leak. I know quite a few people who have these cng vehicles and none of them have had problems with leakage. It's not a problem. Secondly- any business that has fleet vehicles are already switching. A good friend of mine is an air conditioning service man and his company is replacing their gasoline service trucks with cng ones. They don't even consider gasoline service trucks for replacements anymore. There are many well documented examples of fleets switching to cng UPS being one. However I use my friends company as an example of how the little guy is switching over to cng and getting big savings. There are no Tesla service trucks that I know of. Again, it's simple economics which seems to be beyond the scope of the koolaid drinkers minds. Thirdly-prices to retro-fit gasoline vehicles are coming down dramatically. That space is starting to fill up with enough competition to bring down the cost to switch. I know of a number of small business' in my area that are doing this work. I actually know a few people who run 75% cng to 25% diesel mixture in thier big diesel pick ups. That conversion is simple because you can plumb the cng directly into the air intake with very little mechanical know how. The folks that are doing this are reporting huge horse power gains and incredible fuel mileage. How many people are building their own batteries for their ev's right? All of us dumbass hillbillies can work on the internal combustion motor. I can personally pull one apart and put in back together with my eyes closed. The cng components are just plumbing and storage both of which are fairly easy for us evil manual laborers who actually like to save money where we can. Keep those articles coming. The ev people are just too depressing to listen to. We don't need any more distractions. Let the ev people develop their vehicles. Let them drive them. More power to them. Most of us need answers NOW! I am driving the answer TODAY! I'm hauling sacks of concrete with my cng powered pick up. My friend is going on service calls with his cng powered service truck. Every person that works for the local bottling company is driving a cng powered vehicle. Every employee of the local nat gas company (ong) will be driving out to their jobs in cng powered vehicles. My brother will be driving his cng powered chevy 3/4 pickup to Arkansas to pick a load of rough cut cedar. My neighbor will be driving her dual fuel ford pickup 70 miles to and from work today. My insurance agent will be driving his 1/2 ton 2013 cng powered chevy truck all around eastern oklahoma for work today. Another neighbor will be driving his cng powered ford pickup to teach auto body classes at the local vo tech. Another friend will be driving his cng powered chevy truck to his sand plant on the arkansas river. I don't know how to talk to ev people. Nat gas is a transportation fuel reality for me and many others in my area. It's growing every day. I don't know one human being in my area that owns an ev. I don't know how else to explain it. As the fill stations come on line and the vehicles become available, or the at home fill station becomes available this damn arguement is over and you will have won. I think you should get the first seeking alpha arguement winners trophy. I'll even chip in on it.
    Apr 26 12:25 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors Vs. Clean Energy Fuels [View article]
    great article michael. I love your "distraction" arguement. I saw a new chevy four door four wheel drive pickup sporting the blue cng triangle today. The guy driving looked like the happiest guy in America. I bet he never heard of that musk guy.
    Apr 25 09:39 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Environmental Decision: Natural Gas Transportation Or Keystone-XL? [View article]
    Yes I am. I put over ten gallons of fuel in my truck this morning for a little over nine dollars. This truck will haul several thousand pounds of corner posts for me today. Some of us actually have to do real world work, not pushing papers around a desk. That is how the world actually operates. It takes energy and lots of it. I am absolutely eccstatic that I can do my work now for about a third the cost. If you don't like the fact that I can operate so much cheaper now that I'm using nat gas then we just don't have anything else to talk about. Please, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, take your little glorified golf cart and go have some tea and crumpets. The rest of us have work to do. does that sound like a good idea to you? 3.48 a gallon versus .90 cents a gallon equivalent. Come on man. Do you really think I'm going to give up those kind of savings? I've lost what little respect I had for ev people.
    Apr 21 04:25 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Environmental Decision: Natural Gas Transportation Or Keystone-XL? [View article]
    Excellent article and comments Michael. I really appreciate your research and your candor on nat. gas as transportation fuel. Your detractors(and mine) are true believers who, for whatever reason, can't see the big picture, yet. They don't seem to understand that for many millions of us our vehicles are used to do work. We have no use for a glorified golf cart. They also don't seem to understand that we niether expect nor want a complete nat. gas conversion of all vehicles. We simply want the choice. The choice to use a domestically produced cleaner fuel that can do the work we must do to make our livings. I don't disparage someone for using a solar charged ev for a commute. That's great. Good for them. They get a smiley face and a star by thier names. Bring it to my house and they will see how absolutely worthless it is in doing the things I must do. Ev's for short commutes. CNG for fleets and light duty work trucks and LNG for the big boys to haul the freight. Everybody else can continue to pay out the nose for gasoline and diesel. You would think that at some point the reality of how the world we live in actually functions would bring Nat. gas people and Ev people together in a common cause. the problem certainly isn't with the nat gas people. Keep those articles coming. Myself and many others greatly appreciate them.
    Apr 21 11:59 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Environmental Decision: Natural Gas Transportation Or Keystone-XL? [View article]
    For almost three years now I've been driving a 3/4 ton ford pick up that runs exclusively on CNG. I have never given more than 1.35 a gallon equivalent. I am currently paying .90 cents a gallon equivalent. Ethanol mandates are helping drive feed prices up that I buy to feed my cattle so you get to pay higher prices for gasoline and beef. I don't know how to say this nicely so I'll just say it- ethanol is a damn joke. Natural gas is an excellent fuel but please don't believe me. I'll put my cng powered pick up against your gas burner any day of the damn week. We can pull any trailer, boat, camper, etc. of your choosing and I will do it for far less money. Oh, and I could care less about the keystone xl project. How long will this stupidity continue? Answer- it ended for me almost three years ago. How long will it last for you? I can't say.
    Apr 15 08:23 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Westport Innovations: Ford Trucks Mean A Lot To This Natural Gas Engine Stock [View article]
    I own some wesport equities. I think they have a nice window of oppurtunity here because they are ahead, technologically speaking, of most nat. gas engine makers. While I think the others will catch up, at this point I believe all the auto makers will be looking to them for thier first and possibly second generation nat. gas engines. I'm looking for that 500 dollar fuel at home device to hit the market to drive the production of nat. gas cars and light duty trucks. The stars are going to have to align right for wesport to really take off but the fact that nat. gas as transportation fuel is gaining a foot hold with absolutely no help from our fantastic and long sighted federal government is proof that things are moving. I hope I see an integrated approach to our transportation fuel needs in the next five years. Competition is a good thing. Pick your fuel- nat. gas, electric, gas, diesel, fuel cell, etc. Things are going to get interesting.
    Dec 12 01:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Natural Gas Production Decline May Have Started In September [View article]
    The future is now for me and many of my neighbors. I've been using cng as a transportation fuel for two years. I've actually seen the growth with my own eyes. My portfolio has producers of nat gas as well as forward looking companies building out the infrastructure and the technology to use nat gas as transportation fuel. I don't dissagree with anything you wrote I just wish more people could see what i see everyday. In particular I wish they could see my fuel bill. I have never paid more than 1.40 per gallon for cng. If given the choice between cheap cng and expensive gasoline who in their right mind would choose gasoline. Winter weather will bring prices of nat gas up which is good thing for my portfolio but it doesn't do anything for my deep and hopeful wish for this country to be energy independent. I think using nat gas as transportation fuel is one of the main factors in achieving this. Renewables is the future. Nat gas for most of our energy needs is now. I'm for using it in any capacity but I do think exporting it is maybe the dumbest thing we as a people could do. I'm hopeful we realize the oppurtunity we have. People like me are lucky in that we have the oppurtunity to try it and see for ourselves. My hope is that the rest of you get the same oppurtunity. The future is right now for me. Maybe it won't be too terribly long for you. I'm a believer even though the numbers don't show it yet. What is investing if it isn't a belief in the future? Again, your article and comment are right. I don't dissagree at all. How long they remain to be right is another matter. Good luck in your investing.
    Dec 5 09:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Natural Gas Production Decline May Have Started In September [View article]
    Weather is one thing. Using nat gas as transportation fuel is another. Things are really moving in that direction here in Oklahoma. I see more and more cng powered vehicles at the cng pump I use. Demand is rising. The future looks good for nat gas.
    Dec 4 12:11 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Have We Seen The Bottom In Clean Energy Fuel Corp? [View article]
    I bought my truck from a used car dealer who specializes in cng cars and pickups. My truck was a city of dallas code enforcement truck in a previous life. There are a few things that people aren't talking about pertaining to cng vehicles that I have discovered by owning one. First, there is NO power difference between a gasoline engine and a cng engine of the same size. I race a stock car at a local dirt track and build my own engines so I know a lot about the engines. Cng is a high octane fuel so you can run a lot more compression so concievably you could get more horse power out of a cng engine than a gasoline engine. My truck has a 5.4 litre v8 and I can tell you it has no problem pulling my stock trailer with 5 thousand pounds of calves in it. Cng burns extremely clean. I changed the oil in my truck after the first 3000 miles I used it and the oil looked brand new. I went to changing it every 5000 miles and it still looks really good. There is no carbon build up in these motors so they stay extremely clean throughout the life of the engine which, to my understanding talking to the mechanics who work on them for a living, lasts much longer than gasoline engines. I actually bought a set of votec heads off of one of these mechanics that had just come off a chevy nat gas work truck. The guy had just taken them off because of a valve spring failure which bent a valve and they were slapping a new set on. I couldn't believe how clean they were. The outside of the heads showed the normal dirt and grime. This was an older truck so the valve covers were leaking a little and the outside of the head was dirty. The inside however was like brand new. I thought this was very impressive. A friend of mine bought a dual fuel truck from the forestry service. It runs on cng until that runs out then it switches to gasoline. He says you can tell no difference between the two. As a matter of fact if you aren't paying attention you never know when it switches. Everything I've learned about nat. gas vehicles makes me believe they are superior to gasoline motors.
    Nov 27 09:43 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Have We Seen The Bottom In Clean Energy Fuel Corp? [View article]
    I hate to keep harping on this but I own a Ford f250 that will only accept cng as a fuel source. I have owned this vehicle for two years now. It has a 250 mile range. It cost' me between .07 and .08 cents a mile to drive this truck which pulls my stock trailer, hay trailer, etc. It is very powerful and runs like a dream. This is reality. All arguements aside, myself and many of my neighbors have made the switch to cng. We have seen many new cng fill stations built in my state. I can drive anywhere in my state and find a fill station. Nat gas is here now. Where it's available people are using it. You can choose for yourself. I filled up this weekend for 1.40 a gallon equivalent. How much did you pay? Nat gas as transportation fuel is here now and growing. Some people wish to not believe this. Just come ride with me some day and you to can live in reality. CLNE is part of a growing nat gas reality. Keep watching. You will see.
    Nov 26 09:17 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Cramer's Mad Money - The Trouble With Natural Gas (11/19/12) [View article]
    Over two years now using cheap nat gas (cng) as fuel in my ford pickup. 1.40 per gallon equivalent is what I'm paying right now. I love it. All Oklahoma needs is more factory installed cng vehicles available for purchase. Honda has some setting on the car lots but I haven't seen any new pickups. There is demand right now. Just waiting on the supply.
    Nov 20 11:59 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazing News On The Nat Gas Transportation Front [View article]
    yeah, Oklahoma. We finally seem to be doing something right in Oklahoma.
    Nov 15 10:05 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Clean Energy Still Bleeding Too Much Gas [View article]
    I just filled up my ford f250 with cng for 14.68. That's today november 14 2012. It wasn't empty but I was going by the pump so I filled her up. That's a little more than ten gallons. Again, that was today November 14 2012 at one oclock on November 14 2012. Did I mention that I filled my 3/4 ton pickup with cng today for under 15 dollars on november 14 2012. Some of us need a truck to do work, pull trailers and such. Please don't be a moron and believe this is happening sometime in future. I filled my truck up today on november 14 2012 with nat gas. Oh, and there are quite a few of us that have these where I live and I'm meeting more people everyday that are pulling their heads out of their asses and saving money on fuel. Electric cars are fine for people who do not require vehicles to do work. Tesla motors is a fine company. nat gas technology is here and very workable. Don't be a fool and think both can't thrive. They can and will. The infrastructure is being built. This thing isn't going to happen in the future: it is happening right now on November 14 2012. I can't wait to see how things have progressed by november 14 2013. Oh, and you can buy a brand spaking new honda cng car in Tusla oklahoma right off the lot at this very moment in space time which would be Nov. 14 2012. Oh and there are currently ten cng fill stations in said Tulsa Oklahoma on Nov. 14 2012.
    Nov 14 03:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazing News On The Nat Gas Transportation Front [View article]
    Ok, here is the break down on how much it cost me per mile to drive my 3/4 ford dedicated cng pickup as oppossed to my 3/4 chevy gasoline pickup. Both trucks get about the same fuel mileage. The ford gets about between 13 and fourteen miles per gallon. The chevy will do about 15 miles per gallon. I've paid as little as .78 cents per gallon and as much as 1.40 a gallon for cng. I've paid between 3.00 and 4.00 per gallon for gasoline. Obviously I don't drive the gasoline truck much because it's too damn expensive so I can't remember exactly the cost of the gasoline for the last two years but that's a close estimate. So, let's go with 1.09 on average for cng. The Ford truck gets 13 miles per gallon. You divide 1.09 by 13 and you get a whopping .08 cents per mile. Plus cng burns very clean so you don't have to change the oil nearly as often and it still looks very clean when you do but I won't figure that in. That's .08 cents a mile. Now for the gasoline truck. You divide 3.50 by 15 and you get .23 cents per mile. That's .08 cents per mile versus .23 cents per mile. That's almost 1/3 the cost. I drive the ford almost exclusively but the chevy has sentimental value so it gets to stay, sort of like keeping some of those old eight track cassettes around just to show kids how we used to listen to music.
    Nov 14 03:17 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazing News On The Nat Gas Transportation Front [View article]
    Great article. This is good news for nat gas as transportation fuel believers. Of course, I have been using cng in my ford f250 for two years now. I've never paid over 1.40 per gallon equivalent. That's right, I've been using cng for two years in my 3/4 ton truck. I have saved a ton of money. I have watched as more and more people have converted to cng. We may be the only people in america laughing and smiling as we fill our vehicles. It's like a party at the cng pump. To all you nay-sayers keep saying nay. We'll keep smiling.
    Nov 14 10:42 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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