By on April 29, 2011

This video says it all.

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15 Comments on “Rising Gas Prices Fuel Scams...”

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    Unfortunately the kind of dude who buys into that kind of stuff isn’t going to care about reports like this. It’s automotive homeopathy. They want to believe in it, facts be damned.

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    Youtube is littered with ads for magnetic fuel savers, air stirrers and secret ingredients that will boost your mileage 25% or more. The comments left by viewers broadly fall into three categories: that it’s a scam, that these devices really do work, and that the oil companies/government/car companies are conspiring to keep these devices secret.

    Logic and rational thought are not the strong points of conspiracy theorists. Present them with evidence that the devices cannot work and they respond with almost cult like passion that you’re just testing it wrong, or that you’re actually part of the conspiracy to discredit these devices.

    Whenever one of these scammers gets shut down the conspiracy theorist just uses that as evidence that A) the device worked and B) the government didn’t want anyone to use it.

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    “This video says it all.”

    Actually I don’t think the video says much at all. Apart from missing a large chunk of audio at the end, the story is very lightweight indeed. The ‘expert’ didn’t seem very articulate or well informed either.

    The author of this website goes into much more depth as to why these devices are generally a sham.

    This is an important topic of interest to many which is why I am a bit disheartened to see that you didn’t discuss it any further. If you’re not going to add any editorial to it, why bother posting the video at all? surely the comments section of youtube or wherever it was this video came from would have already discussed it. “This video says it all.” is a pretty lame editorial.

    Sure throw interesting topics to us for discussion, but don’t get us to write the site for you!

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    I’m still amazed that there are STILL people who think that a Pogue carburetor – or any carburetor at all – will deliver 100 miles per gallon (2.35 l/100km) in a V8 engine of the 1960s; something that computer-controlled fuel injection hasn’t been able to do.

    Oh, yeah, I forgot that the oil companies and automakers collude to prevent such technology from coming to market, and the “thought police” kidnap and brainwash every mechanically-inclined Bubba who tries to duplicate such a fuel delivery system for his personal vehicle.

    Anyone see my tinfoil hat?

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      Don’t forget that this ruthlessly efficient conspiracy has crushed all opposition in industry, government, science, and the media – and yet has not managed to stamp out people who post 1/8th page classifieds in the back of Popular Mechanics.

      Kind of like the guys I saw selling 9/11 ‘truth’ DVDs at the Union Square subway station in Manhattan. They were going on and on about how this conspiracy flawlessly executed an insanely complex plan, and subsequently paid off or threatened every engineer, soldier, cop, doctor, and journalist, as well as every foreign power, ally and foe alike… But still didn’t manage to get Joe Crazydude hanging out next to to the Brookllyn-bound L.

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    It all is pretty innocent compared to politics, ya know… At least here folks bother to fabricate some stuff, while in politics they sell hot air only.

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    This reminds me of the audiophile “tweekers” who are quite prepared to part with outrageous sums of money to improve the performance of their audio equipment. One example being a specially conditioned ‘brick’ placed on your amplifier to improve the soundstage, tighten up the bass and create more ‘air’ in the woodwinds! People foolish enough to fall for this stuff desrve what they get (because they really know better anyway).

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    Every manufacturer in the country knows to put ‘mileage may vary’ on the sticker. Mileage not only varies from car to car, it varies from person to person and route to route driven. Somtimes I can get 29 mpg with my car and sometimes I can get only 27. Why? Because I cannot possibly drive the car the same way twice, sometimes I have to pass more, sometimes stop more, sometimes the wind is at my back etc. etc. etc. This is where people get decieved by the phoney devices, they see what they want to see in the improvement and when there isn’t any then it’s just a hoax. Sort of like when people read their horoscopes, when its true WOW IT’S TRUE and when its not, you dismiss it.

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    The biggest problem to increased gas mileage is that the car companies in general are largely uninterested in it because the American public has been force fed outrageous ideas for decades. The market for fuel efficiency has always been high but when fuel is cheap why bother? Americans in general had to this ludicrous idea that it would remain cheap eternally and that fuel economy (because of the relatively closed oligarchy) was really only a nice benefit.

    So as Europe has cars that perform in the 40s and 70s we get cars that due less than half that. This sort of thing enrages me because we should be driving diesel hybrids right now as intermediates to full EVs and hydrogen cars. Expanding our system to support it instead of letting corporations dictate our future.

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    Everbody is looking for the magical solution. There is none. Up here it 1.38 a litre….over $5USD a gallon.

    My solution? Check tire preasure on a regular basis. Change the air, and fuel filter as needed.Tune ups. Above all…drive less.

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    I’m old enough to remember when these scams made their first go around back in the 1970’s. My favorite one was the “secret Nazi synth fuel” conspiracy. During WWII the Nazi’s developed a secret process for producing synthetic fuel. After the war, American oil companies sent agents to war ravaged Europe to hunt down the Nazi synth fuel scientists. Every since then, the secret process has been locked away in the vault of large American oil company. So, you see, the reason why Nazi Germany had to be destroyed wasn’t because of genocide or world domination, nope, it was to stop the synth fuel secret from getting out. If only Hitler had won, today we would have unlimited synth fuel that cost only pennies a gallon.

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      Good story, but not true. There were all kinds of scientist rounded up under “operation paperclip”. my friend’s father was a synth fuel expert. He wasn’t hunted down by oil companies. He ended up working for the Bureau of Mines. They built coal liquification plants all over the U.S. Then, oil was found in Texas, and it was cheaper to turn that into fuel than coal. Coal liquification is no secret. Look up Fischer-Tropsch Process …

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        There aint any shortage of coal turning it into diesel /gas should be easy why isnt this being done now

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        I see. So what you’re saying is that, YOU’RE PART OF THE CONSPIRACY! I should have known….being the administrator of auto enthusiast web site. HOW MUCH IS EXXON PAYING YOU??

        But you can’t fool me. No, sir. Marlon Brando explained it all.

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    The biggest scam here is the Lady telling people that turning the AC on full-blast ‘burns allot of gas’ – yeah maybe a penny a mile, I’d rather stay cool, thanks.

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