Comment 581

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 10, 2006 at 11:33:02

Hi reidvinette,

It's always important to remember that percentage changes are always subject to the fact that the base changes before the next iteration.

As for your post about water power, I've replied elsewhere, but here's another summary:

This is almost certainly a hoax. Stanley Meyer, the inventor behind the water fuel cell, was convicted of "gross and eggregious fraud" in swindling his investors.

Water certainly does contain hydrogen, and hydrogen certainly does contain energy, but converting energy from one form to another always carries a net energ loss.

A water powered car would have to use electrolysis to separate the hydrogen and oxygen, and electrolysis is very energy intensive. Quasi-scientific descriptions about inducing vibrations simply begs the question: what energy will you use to produce the vibration?

Finally, big corporations would be delighted to get their hands on a cheap, abundant energy source. That's why we use petroleum so widely in the first place.

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