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Imagine if every car and light duty truck in the United States had a BLADE on it. What would the overall Effect be? We call it the BLADE EFFECT, and we’ve put some numbers together to help you understand it. The results are dramatic.

Learn about the BLADE Effect in the following categories:


 

If every car in the United States had a BLADE on it...

  • The US would reduce its annual fuel consumption by 9 billion gallons.

That amount is equivalent to:

  • 30 gallons for every man, woman and child in the country.
  • 82 gallons for every household in the country.

If you were to fill rail tanker cars with 9 billion gallons of gasoline:

  • You would need 391,304 rail cars.
  • When connected together, the length of the train would be 4,446 miles long.
  • That means, the train would stretch from:
    • Miami, Florida to London, England.
    • or, from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, CA... and then back again to D.C. .




If you were to fill a pipeline, similar to the Alaskan Pipeline, with 9 billion gallons of gasoline:

  • The pipeline would be 17,408 miles long.
  • That means, the pipeline would stretch from Los Angeles, California, to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia... and then back again to Los Angeles.


If every car in the United State had a BLADE on it…

  • The U.S. would reduce its annual production of cancer-causing particulate material by approximately 619 million pounds.
Area: If you were to spread out 619 million pounds of particulate material so that it was one inch deep, it would:


  • Cover an area of 3.5 square miles.
Translated: An American football field, including its end zones, covers and area of 1.32 acres. That means, the amount of PM captured by BLADE would completely cover 1,697 football fields in a solid inch of toxic, black, cancer causing particulate.
 
Volume: If you were to fill 40' cargo containers with 619 million pounds of PM, It would:

  • Fill 3,593 40' containers.

To illustrate the significance of this number, the picture below is of a ship which is carrying approximately 1790 containers. That means, BLADE would remove enough particulate material from the atmosphere to eliminate a volume of PM equivalent to 2 of these container ships—full of cancer causing particulates —every year!

Question: Where does all of that PM go now?

Answer: Into the atmosphere; it precipitates into our lakes, streams, oceans and waterways; it settles onto our homes and crops, and it find its way into our lungs, bloods steams and other vital organs... like our hearts, livers and brains.

 


If every car in the United State had a BLADE on it…

  • The U.S. would reduce its annual vehicle production of carbon dioxide by over 180 billion pounds.

That's a big number; but what does it mean?

It means that using BLADE would reduce the nation’s total production of C02 [to which the gasoline vehicle transportation sector contributes 18%] by over 2%.

That’s a huge number! Think about it! We’re never going to get rid of all CO2 production… it’s natural, life essential stuff. We all exhale it. So the question is this: How much of our industrial CO2 production can we practicably decrease without materially altering our economy and our lifestyles?

So now think about it again. By simply adopting the wide spread use of a single piece of inexpensive technology, we can reduce the nation’s total industrial production of CO2 by 2%—and that’s without changing anyone’s behavior, or asking anyone to change their lifestyle! That’s HUGE!

When you define value as the amount of CO2 reduction divided by the dollar cost to affect that reduction, we know of NO other technology that even comes close.




If every car in the United States had a BLADE on it…
  • The US would reduce its annual fuel consumption by 9 billion gallons.

To illustrate the significance of this number, let's put it in the context of two well known—and highly controversial—national assets: The Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

The United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve: is the largest emergency supply of petroleum in the world, with a current capac-ity to hold up to 727 million barrels.


If all of the petroleum in the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve were converted into gasoline, it would yield approximately 9,303,786,784 gallons. Put into context, this means:

 

The amount of gasoline that would be saved annually if every car in the US had a BLADE on it would be 96.73% of the amount of gasoline contained in the nation’s strategic emergency reserve

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR): ANWR is a wildlife refuge in Northern Alaska consisting of approximately 19 million acres. ANWR is an oil rich area, with a mean estimate of 10.4 billion barrels of medium grade crude.

If the entirety of ANWR's oil reserves were tapped and processed into gasoline, it would yield approximately 150,150,000,000 gallons.

Drilling ANWR is a highly controversial political issue. Opponents of drilling in ANWR argue that "Even if we decided to go ahead and drill ANWR, it would take 10-years to start yielding oil.”

If every car in the US had a BLADE on it, the amount of gasoline saved during that 10-year period would equal 62% of the entire estimated yield that ANWR would produce over its life when fully exploited!

 


If every car in the United States had a BLADE on it…


The US would reduce its annual fuel consumption by 9 billion gallons.

9 billion gallons equals:

  • 81% of the oil that the United States currently imports annually Saudi Arabia—the most powerful member of OPEC.
  • The US currently imports approximately 571 million barrels of Saudi Crude .

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9 billion gallons equals:
  • 157% more oil than the United States currently imports from Venezuela.
  • The US currently imports 384 million barrels of Venezuelan Crude
 

 


If every car in the United States had a BLADE on it…

  • The dollars saved on fuel alone would amount to $27 billion dollars—roughly $90 for every man, woman and child in the country.
  • That means American consumers would save $27 billion dollars per year on money that they would otherwise spend on gasoline (a savings equivalent to approximately $243 for every household in America, or roughly 8% of the nation’s 2007 budget deficit) .
  • At only $100 per barrel oil, America’s trade deficit would be reduced by approximately $45 billion annually (an amount equivalent to 6% of the nation’s 2007 trade deficit, a deficit which impacts our nation’s interest rates, its capital markets and the value of the U.S. dollar) .
  • ChartConsidering that the US currently runs large budgetary deficits, any saving that it does not take advantage of, incurs its current cost of debt (rate of the US 10 year bond (4.19%). That means that the United States pays $1.9 billion per year in interest expense to fund an expense that returns nothing, and that it currently has the ability to eliminate.

 

 


If every car in the United States had a BLADE on it…

  • The U.S. would reduce its annual production of cancer-causing particulate material by approximately 619 million pounds.
  • The American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine reports that reducing 1 microgram of PM per cubic meter of air decreases death rates from respiratory and cardio-vascular diseases by 3%.
  • A recent study by California State University, Fullerton found that PM emissions from gasoline engines cause more fatalities than all motor vehicle fatalities ”. The same report also noted that the health care cost of air pollution in these areas averages $1,425 per person!
  • Human HealthBLADE employs Sabertec’s IDPF particulate technology, which is effective at capturing emissions of PM 2.5 up to 70 percent . If you apply IDPF’s efficiency at capturing particulates to numbers presented by California State University—Fullerton, this would amount to a cost savings of $997.5 per person. If you applied that savings to the nation’s total population, BLADE would save over $299 billion per year in health care costs that now exist due to the health consequences particulate material emissions.
  • The California State University, Fullerton study continues to conclude that “if pollution levels were to improve to federal standards, residents of the two air basins would suffer 3,860 fewer premature deaths, 3,780 fewer nonfatal heart attacks and would miss 470,000 fewer days of work annually. School children would miss more than 1.2 million fewer days of school, a savings of $112 million in caregiver costs. There also would be more than 2 million fewer cases of upper respiratory problems .” Apply those figures to the nation as a whole and the numbers are staggering.