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In September of 1981, a world conference on alternative fuels enti tled qMethane - Fuel for the Futureq was held at Delta I s River Inn in Vancouver, British Columbia. Approximately 500 registrants from over a dozen countries attended the two day meeting. There were 20 invited papers which form the basis of this volume. The conference itself was inspired by the qenergy crisisq. This crisis was not seen in terms of any real shortage of oil in the -near term, although an end to conventional oil could be seen on the horizon. Rather, it was perceived as an artificial crisis, precipitated by OPEC, but one which required urgent and effective solutions. Not everyone will agree that urgent action is required to meet the qenergy crisisq. Indeed, as this volume goes to press, the media are advising that a global glut of oil exists and that price reductions will inevitably ensue. The OPEC production rate has slipped from 31 million barrels a day shortly before the 1973 oil embargo, to a current rate of less than 20 million barrels a day. The non-Communist world now depends upon OPEC for less than half of its oil requirements versus 70 per cent only a decade ago.... cylinders on the Ford transit type vehicle with two 40-liter capacity cylinders, our gas industry service vehicles can travel for at least two days without refueling. Now, I am fully conscious that what we can do in Wellington is probably different from what can be done in Auckland. ... of the fan belt, the level of water in the radiator, or the level of oil in the engine sump as well as the condition of the battery.

Author: Enoch Durbin
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06

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