Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

June 14, 2008

Reuters Falls for Water-Powered Car Hoax

Filed under: culture, media, science — Tags: , , — codesmithy @ 9:07 pm

I used to think reporters were college educated. The critical by-product of that education was a supposed ability to examine the world critically. A recognition of the fact that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. A sensibility that if someone does something completely unheard of, it is worth consulting some experts in the field to see what they have to say about it.

These expectations are lowered when it comes to local broadcasts. I can understand that there might be a lack of talent in certain sections of the country where there are, nevertheless, television stations. That does not stop me from criticizing those stations, but I can understand the lack of rigor to a certain degree. However, when those same tendencies are demonstrable in a wire service, it surely demonstrates the intellectual depravity that exists in institutions that purport to be authoritative news sources.

Without further ado, here is yet another water-powered car hoax reported unquestioned by Michelle Carlile-Alkhouri for Reuters. One can compare and contrast the reporting here to reporting displayed in “Energy Ignorance: Making Saltwater Burn.” There are additional claims of different water-powered vehicles in the comments. If Michelle Carlile-Alkhouri had even a passing understanding of thermodynamics, she would recognize the fundamental issue to making a water-powered car work: where is the lower energy product? For conventional vehicles it is apparent with products like carbon dioxide. If the process is chemical as Kiyoshi Hirasawa, CEO of Genepax, claims then there needs to be a lower energy product somewhere. It can’t be the water, because that is also an input. Hydrogen and oxygen are higher energy products, so they aren’t it. My guess is that it is the “generator” which one will find connected to a battery. The lower energy product will be inside the battery. That is your energy source, not the Rube Goldberg contraption they set up to delude and mystify.

But, it is worth noting this is how the news reports the unequivocally, provably false. What hope is there for issues that aren’t so cut and dry?

Michelle Carlile-Alkhouri and other people responsible for this “report” let this propaganda go unchallenged. This would be an embarrassment if printed in a middle school newspaper, let alone a wire-service story that is capable of being repeated in numerous outlets. To the extent that the media turns an uncritical eye to these charlatans is a disservice to us all and displays the degree to which those who claim to inform us will sell out their patrons and hovel them in ignorance in service to personal profit.


  1. Amen.

    Comment by diarrheaBot — June 15, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

  2. well said

    Comment by nkj2k8 — June 16, 2008 @ 1:40 am

  3. I second your opinion.

    Our wouldn’t be affected by the oil price hike right now if water can be used as a substitute.

    Comment by Ingemar Stefansson — June 16, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

  4. Hilarious.

    Comment by Daryl Heywood — June 16, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

  5. Oh you’re right it doesn’t work. That’s why the military has water/gas hybrids being produced as we speak.

    Comment by E — June 16, 2008 @ 7:31 pm

  6. Turns out their website just went online a month ago, and gives no contact information other than an email address.

    Comment by William — June 16, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

  7. You said a mouth full!!!!

    Comment by industryfinest — June 17, 2008 @ 2:52 am

  8. Hi E,

    Could you provide a link to a story with information about the military’s water/gas hybrids? I’m curious where the credulous get their information now that the Weekly World News is out of business.

    Thanks for the info William, here is the whois information for those interested.

    The domain name was registered 5-08-08. Does that make this more or less likely to be a hoax “E”?

    Comment by codesmithy — June 17, 2008 @ 6:40 am

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