I've been yattering for years, to anyone who'd listen to me, that the easiest way to get America off petroleum (and therefore out from under the thumbs of the Arab oil-sheiks) is to shift over to fuel-ethanol. After all this time, it looks as if a lot of people are taking up the same idea. Yes, all three of the big US car companies are now selling cars that can run on "E85" -- 85% ethanol to 15% gasoline -- at least. It's also very easy to convert an existing engine to run on ethanol: 1) set the compression at 9-to-1; 2) increase the bore of the carburetor intake-valve, or decrease the bore of the fuel-injection nozzles, by 30%; 3) replace the engine-seals with "exotic fuel seals", available from Warshawski's; 4) in cold country, add a pre-heater to the fuel line before it reaches the engine. That's it! No, I haven't yet had the $$ to convert my own car, which is a classic 1979 Thunderbird. But hey, buy more of my albums and books and I just might get rich enough to do it. Enjoy!