Originally Posted by zarg7883
Diesel goes bad even quicker.
Originally Posted by mtallent
My tractor and generator run just fine on 13 year old diesel fuel, it will last much longer than gasoline. It is very similar to No. 2 heating oil.
The main key to preserving fuel is keeping moisture out of it. Sealed tanks will allow fuel to last longer than fuel in car tanks and portable cans. The main issue with diesel is mold and loss of compression when to much water gets into the fuel. Regualt gas is worse only because if it gets to far gone, it won't fire at all or can produce engine damage from misfires.
Further, a diesel vehicle would be more likely to be able to be run after fuel supplies run out since you could potentially make fresh biodiesel for them. The only downside is, it would be unlikely to contain glycol or other additives that would keep the engine from gunking up on the stuff. It means more regular maintence would be needed.
Honestly, the bigger issue would be what to do about other fluids, such as brake and transmission fluids which are affected far more bymoisture during disuse and would be much harder to manufacture.
Originally Posted by replayrob
As a matter of fact- if the nano-machines were abundant enough to absorb all electricity world wide- wouldn't they also destroy the earth's magnetic field which would lead to the atmosphere being stripped away and 24/7 lethal solar radiation bombardment- like on Mars?
The earth's magnetic field is not electrical. It's created through the natural attraction small objects have to large objects of significant mass, amplified by the rotation of the earth. In other words, gravity is essentially a mechanical force.Edited by NetworkTV - 4/10/13 at 8:30am