The United States must turn to alternative energy sources and begin implimenting them in every sector. Hybrid cars and electric cars are helping us to reduce our dependency on oil. Many people see that these cars cost more and feel they cannot afford them or do not want to pay extra. However, in time the money saved on gas reduces the total cost of the vehicle. The government could give [more] tax incentatives to people to purchase hydrid and electric cars.
Furthermore, people must be educated on why we should reduce our dependency on oil. The recent oil spill has presented an opportunity for such in school and for adults through seminars, television and radio broadcasts and the Internet.
Oil is used in ways other than as fuel for our vehicles, and we should consider this in trying to lessen our dependence on it. Oil is used in plastics and many other man-made synthetic products. The link below is an interactive website where you can learn more about where oil turns up in our daily lives. Oil is used in a remarkable number of things, from vitamins and cleaning products to make-up and fertilizers. The second link below gives information on uses of oil and has suggestions for ways to “Kick the Habit.”
There is a way to turn our energy crisis around and it is Hydrogen. No one is picking this up. You can run the trains, planes, buses and cars we have today on limitless, clean fuel. I am not pulling your leg.
I urge you to check out http://www.hydrogenassociation.org/ and http://www.clean-air.org/
I have read several books on the subject and two stand out:
I cannot say enough good things about Roy McAlister of the American Hydrogen Association. He is one of the leading visionary/experts on hydrogen. He was one of the top scientists that helped NASA develop fuel cells for space flight. His book “The Coming Hydrogen Civilization” is a bible (I have read it three times) for where we should be headed. According to Roy In the virtual blink of an eye we could have every internal combustion engine on the planet running on hydrogen. The conversion is no more complicated than the conversion from gasoline to natural gas. Storage is an issue but that is being worked out. Instead of building new battery powered cars (where does the electricity come from???) (what is the effect of all these batteries on the environment???) convert the current fleet to hydrogen. Build the conversion equipment in Michigan. While they are busy doing that they can also set up and start production of fuel cell vehicles.
Roy has a different call on how to store the energy produced by wind, tidal, solar, etc. Run the electricity through a fuel cell and convert it to hydrogen. Transport the hydrogen through existing pipe lines to where you need the power then run the hydrogen back through a fuel cell to produce the electricity. Saves a LOT on line loss.
The negative buzz about hydrogen taking to much energy to produce is one of many myths that Roy bursts in the book. The technology is there – not in ten or twenty years but now. It just needs to be implemented! Michael Moore should interview Roy and get his story out.
Also Jeremy Rifkin’s book “The Hydrogen Economy” is an excellent source of technology and sociology. Past civilizations have faced the same energy crisis – and they lost the battle. We don’t have to. In Jeremy’s book he speaks about the passing away of large central power plants favoring a more “democratic” form of power production. “Distributed-generation associations (DGAs)” would decentralize power production bringing unlimited power to every corner of the planet.
If the government would devote a fraction of the money it squanders on Blood For Oil wars the technology could start being implemented over night.
This is the most pressing subject I know of and it is getting no attention or it is getting false and/or negative spin.
A positive note is that T. Boone Pickens is throwing his considerable financial weight behind this: http://www.pickensplan.com/theplan/
My personal passion is improving the pitiful state of construction and saving vast amounts of energy through more energy efficient, sustainable construction.
Drive less. 70% of US oil consumption is in the transportation sector, and the US burns 44% of all the gasoline in the world.
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