Now look what you made me do!
(Josh W., ACBAG reader)
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 2:01 PM
Subject: Engines and such?
I am very upset with you.
So this morning I decided to take a leap of faith and fill my 98 VW golf with E-85.
After driving 150 miles, I still can't tell the difference and I spent $10 less to fill my tank.
I may consider modifying it but it's actually still kind of hard to find Ethanol in WI.
At this rate, I might actually get better mileage on E-85 than gasoline.
Now I'm going to have to stop buying traditional gasoline and spend the money I've saved on copies of your book for everyone I know.
*Shakes fist* BLUME, you magnificent bastard! I read your BOOK! *Shakes fist*
Now look what you made me do,
Your book has given my life purpose
(Michael R., ACBAG reader)
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 2:01 PM
Subject: Season's Greetings from David Blume and IIEA
I know we havn't spoke in a while. I have been very busy getting ready for deployment. I am a construction electrician, leaving in the morning to go to California to train for 3 months. Then its off to the war in Afghanistan for 8 months.
I wanted to tell you before I went that your book has given my life purpose. I have a project to come back to. I have plans to create a School of Applied Knowledge when I get back, of which your work will be a part. I want to give people a cheaper education then what college costs (if they are working for themselves, the degree will not matter). I want to debunk all the lies that tell people they supposedly cannot do important projects like fuel on their own at home. And other things that people all need and struggle to afford.
Hope for helping others in the future is what gives me reason to continue through what my men and I will go through now. I hope to talk again upon my return.
Cattails for my hometown city sewer system
(Leigh B., Lake Mills, Iowa)
Sent: December 29, 2009 4:01:14 PM PST
Just a quick question from one of your FARMY members.
I think it is quite possible the company I work for may lay off some workers this spring and I may be going back to school. Are there certain courses that will be beneficial in my pursuing a future in alcohol production? Any thoughts from you on this would sure be appreciated.
I currently live in Lake Mills, Iowa (corn country), but I would like to start a small plant in my old home town in Minnesota (pop. 150). They are considering going to a city sewer system, and I would like to show them how to use cattails in the process. Years ago, city residents killed the idea, but now more people are in favor of a city sewer, as raising water tables are interfering with private sewers.
I am rereading your (very big) book, and have probably watched the video 10 times. So when someone tells me anything wrong about alcohol, I am ready with the info you have provided. In the near future, I am definitely going to be one of your biggest and best advocates. Sad to say that two years ago, I was buying into some of the alcohol myths. Now today I am gathering the pieces to build my first still.
The company I work for throws away a lot of scrap pie dough every week. As soon as my still is complete, I am going to approach my supervisor to let me have the scrap. It is mostly flour and butter or shortening. Starch to ferment and oil to run a little oil burner like your dough-nuts of past.
Thank you so much for inspiring and informing me.
Alleviating African poverty with permaculture
(Noah T., Ghana)
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 10:35 AM
Subject: Season's Greetings from David Blume and IIEA
Since I studied from you, I have designed the “Organic Permaculture Farming Design Technology” (OPFDT), the new approach to African farming in the 21st century, to mitigate climate change and global warming, create employment and economic development, inspire best practices and excellence and alleviate poor African families from poverty in Ghana’s rural communities.
We continue to remain partners in the care of the earth and development of people.
Best Wishes to you and your family,
Communities versus Lone Rangers
(Deston L., Facebook fan)
Sent: December 14, 2009 10:49:22 PM PST
Subject: Law of the West
I'd like to share a little anecdote and thank you.
A year ago I was doing a permaculture series for Clark County Washington, a WSU Extension. The course was about 60 hours of the 72 hour PDC, and his particular day was fairly early in the course, which was held on alternate Fridays for 2.5 months.
I had asked people to read your article at (http://www.alcoholcanbeagas.com/node/1344), and we discussed it during a seminar. The class was mostly county employees and Extension professionals. The Master Gardeners Program Director asked how you could remove even 5 lbs. per square foot a year and build soil at the same time.
I said I didn't know. I determined to find the answer, and, shortly after the course, found it right there in the article—and I slapped my forehead, as my 2nd year plant biology studies had covered that—the weight was fixed carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
I have a good friend, a forester, who says the law of the west was never the Lone Ranger, but the communities. His understanding is that somehow our communities have eroded and too few people know how to be a good neighbour. He says the law of the west is to be, and have, go-to people.
Your work has been go-to for me, and I’m thankful for what I've learned from you, and been inspired to explore, even though we've never met. I hope to someday have that pleasure.
May you have a warm and community centred holiday season!
Just wanted to tell you thanks
(Jim C., Facebook fan)
Sent: December 17, 2009 3:27:47 PM PST
Subject: Jim C. wrote on your Wall...
"Hi David i'm a big fan. I read your book and watched your video. I have most of my alcohol still constructed. Just wanted to tell you thanks!!!!!!!!! Jim C."
I was inspired!
(Tom F., ACBAG reader)
Sent: December 8, 2009 11:41:29 AM PST
First I've got to tell you, I loved your book and dvd, "Alcohol Can Be A Gas". Very well done. It's got to be very frustrating to be at it so long, and people are only now really starting to see it. I am a webmaster, and working on a number of projects. It's just getting started, but I have great plans for it.
I know you are busy, so I'll get right to the point. I am hoping to be able to help you, in promoting what you do. Not just you, but ANYBODY in America, who is 'working' on renewable or sustainable projects, in any area. Like, agriculture/permaculture/gardening, energy, home construction, etc. Could be a small project in someones backyard, or your drivers co-op. Things that are working, and will work for someone else.
Quite frankly, I was INSPIRED, by YOU. In your book you talked about taking you model for 'local energy producing' to every county! Not you personally, but through showing an example of how it can be done. In one of Geoff Lawton's youtube videos, he talked about projects they do all over the world. They pick a place, get all the funding in place for 3 years, hire and train some of the locals to do it all. By the end of 3 years, it's self-supporting, and the trained local staff take over. WHY NOT TAKE THOSE TWO MODELS AND DO IT HERE IN THE USA???
I personally, plan on moving forward on this. My wife and I are planning on moving to northeastern Washington next year. Starting a homestead, based on permaculture. One of the goals is to be energy self-sufficient. I will be trying to gather together a group of locals to do a local energy co-op project. Then take that experience and package it. Hope you can see yourself in some of this. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions.
David, I would very much like to help you, and your efforts. I hope you can see opportunities in us working together.
My 22YO daughter seeks a green career
(Brian H., California)
Sent: November 3, 2009 3:55:33 PM PST
Subject: Hi Dave: I have a Career Counseling Question
I first heard you on Coast to Coast and that caused me to investigate the ethanol issue. I've listened to ten or more of the MP3 shows posted on your web site. Your message is very consistent (digital distributor) and revolutionary.
More than the technology itself, your revelations about the economic benefits should have rung a bell with someone in government considering we can cure many problems by re-engineering our fuel model. I would like to hear more about the idea of growing seaweed on nets in the ocean and fermenting that into fuel. I guess oil tankers could be redeployed as alcohol shuttles. Great ideas.
I write you today because my 22-year-old daughter would like to pursue these great green opportunities. That is to say professions that are green in environmental principle with the pay grade of both the high-tech and energy industries. We see these "green fields" so to speak as the next boom industry where those who have a deep understanding of your permaculture concepts and a complementary academic foundation will see profits where others see waste.
I'll be listening to the rest of your audio files. I find a new nugget in each one; like that Jack Daly story - wow. They actually tried to erase him? I also thought it interesting that Ford's Headquarters has a Model T in the lobby where they mislabeled dashboard controls to deny their alcoholic past. You know, you could make a course out of those. By the way, I have your book and DVD. This should be required reading in school.
Brazil embraced ethanol in 3 years ... Why can't we?
(Norm R., California)
Sent: Monday, September 28, 2009 9:09 PM
Subject: RE: IIEA World FIrst LIVE Web Stream Media Event
I was working in Brazil in the early 70’s when it took them only 3 years to go from 100 percent gasoline fueled automobiles to 90 percent ethanol. We in America, after 35 years, are still doing research to see if ethanol will work! Then we haul corn all the way from Nebraska to Santa Maria, California to produce a lower quality ethanol. All this to give naysayers ammunition about ethanol not being cost effective! Go figure!
Hey best of success in all your endeavors!
Things are coming along now ...
("Purple Crow," Vancouver, B.C.)
Sent: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 9:28:54 PM PDT
Subject: Getting started and moving right along.