MOONSHINE

Almost every country can become energy independent. Anywhere that has sunlight and land can produce alcohol from plants. Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world imports no oil, since half its cars run on alcohol fuel made from sugarcane, grown on 1% of its land.

David Blume

 

Land of Rum, Sails, and Sugar Cane

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Mount Gay Rum factory in Barbados, not their actual distillery, but the blending facility.  There is something about industrial booze production that makes my heart sing.

Usually, my father in law requests a bottle, but he’s not allowed to drink anymore due to a problem with his pancreas.  I can’t drink rum either so there is something in common, but I still love the history.

Bootlegging in Breton

When he was a young lad growing up in Cape Breton, his uncle used to get him to help to make moonshine from Molasses and sugar, Caribean style.  At the end of the day, I imagine that the fire water they came up with was pretty harsh.

Apparently before Lord Gay made it to Barbados, the English had the same problems with the fire water.  By hook and by crook, he was successfully managed to create a smoother rum than the local swill and rose in popularity.

The rest is Mount Gay history.

Oddly, we weren’t allowed to take any shots of the actual bottling inside of the production building, but there wasn’t really a lot going on anyways.  The rich history of the company in the Caribean was what I was interested in.

Pirates of The Carribean

The distillers also have ties to a sailing tradition as well which I find fascinating.  You tie all the strands together and here you have an answer to a huge energy problem in the whole Carribean.

As we were finished the tour I was sitting in the car ride back to the cruise boat thinking about the rum I couldn’t have.  Out of curiosity, I asked the driver if they had any alcohol-driven cars around the island.

The answer was no.

So, with the main export being sugar, and the biggest distributor of rum in the vicinity, why are they are still powering the cars with petroleum that comes from the Middleast?

How does that make any sense?

The Weed Economy

The driver did add that there was a certain abundant weed that grows locally that was being considered as a fuel source.  And no, I’m not referring to reefer or ganja, it’s really just a weed that grows in the fence lines in Barbados all over the place.

I was glad to hear this considering the abundance of cars on such a small number of islands.  On most islands, it would be completely accessible with bicycles, but I didn’t see very many of those around.

Strange.

The Powers That Be

The more I trace back the laws of our land to their origins I see a group, probably multiple groups that have a long history of holding control, sustaining dominance over others, particularly through policial means.

Alternative means of energy have been around for hundreds of years, probably thousands, and yet I still see the great majority of cars on the road using petroleum fuel.

Why is this so?

If gasoline was the most efficient fuel that would be the case closed, but if you look at alternatives, then there is no comparison.  Why are AREN’T cars being driven using alcohol which is completely sustainable fuel?

Especially in the Caribean.

The War on Alchohol

Some would answer, well they tried that with corn and it essentially diverts food toward fuel and that’s not sustainable.

Nope.

The future is clean burning fuels, let’s put the combustion engine to rest and move on to electric cars, blah, blah, blah.

Nope.  This utterly misses the point.

In fact, why in the heck would it be a great idea to create an entirely new infrastructure around a new product, when a slight shift is necessary in order to create abundance?

Distortions of The State

All the mechanics wouldn’t need to change their tool sets overnight because now they are working on powertrains that they cannot fix.  A shift in infrastructure like the one Elon Musk is proposing would make many shops fixing combustion engines obsolete, and the average person is not going to be able to tinker with their cars like they used to.

The Real Tesla

This wouldn’t mean that cars of this type would disappear overnight, however, it would remove fixing cars out of the hands of the majority, and into the more technologically advanced companies like Tesla Motors.

Being a fan of Nikola Tesla, it does bother me to see this company come up when I do a quick search for the real goods, but this is a digression.

With a small conversion, almost 100 percent of combustion engines can run on alcohol even a toothless hillbilly can distil in his back yard.  Here’s a suggestion:  lift the stupid draconian laws over alcohol and put the war on fuel to bed for good.

Why don’t things change for the better?

Simply Propaganda.

I am not against innovation or electric cars.

It’s awesome if a lone wolf or a ragtag group of geeks invents a new power source for the car, I just get pissed off when I see an EASY solution to a major problem, and yet the politicians address it with nothing but dead end subsidies.

Oh well.

The Inconvenient Lie

Politicians will not save the world, it’s against their nature, despite what the talking heads on the idiot box tells you.

I can confirm that politicians are attracted to power, and the state apparatus augments this power in the most perverse ways possible.  What society needs is a “prohibition” on politics, not on the imagination and creativity of the individual.

That would be REAL change.

The Temperance Movement

We have been taught that alcohol is destructive, if you are allowed to freely distil it on your own land, the next step will be a whole lot of drunkenness. While an abundance of alcohol suitable for human consumption does occasionally draw out the worst in some, the same people would probably find some other way to be an idiot without booze.

Why else is there still an iron fist control over the use and manufacture of the substance that has so many uses?

Anything with a high enough sugar content can be fermented and then distilled into a substance that can be used as fuel.  This fuel can be used by any farmer to create a valuable product with leftover or excess vegetables.

In some cases, the spent mash left over from the distillation process is a great feed for animals.  In essence, the process does not divert precious food from people.  On the other hand, if understood correctly, a farmer would have many new sources of revenue to explore and lower costs of fuel.

May you rest in peace, Mr. Rockefeller!

Not.

 

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