Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Do We Really Need To Conserve Gas?

President Bush urged Americans on Monday to conserve gas when possible because the damage to the nation’s refining industry from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Additionally, Bush announced he would suspend some anti-pollution laws adding, “We need alternative sources of energy. And that’s why I believe so strongly in nuclear power.”

Perhaps Bush doesn’t know this, but nuclear energy requires massive amounts of fossil fuels to create energy. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Meanwhile, Bush has been happy to fly around in Air Force One for his many photo-ops, which requires over $6,000 of jet full to use…every hour.

Despite the record gas prices that Americans are seeing, there is no shortage of energy to fuel our automobiles. There is no need to conserve energy resources. What we need to be doing is exactly what President Bush has said: find alternative fuel sources.

The recent energy bill has given massive subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, most particularly coal. Despite that coal is a horribly filthy fuel source, and is extremely dangerous and difficult to mine, some energy companies are looking into refining coal into gasoline to use as a fuel source for automobiles. The reasoning is that the United States has a vast reserve of coal, but our oil reserves are nearly exhausted.

But all fossil fuels have draw backs. None of them are renewable sources of energy. All of them leave behind pollution and carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming, and an increase in the strength of the hurricanes. And because the United States does not have a good mass transit and public transportation system, US citizens are practically forced to massively consume vast amounts of energy supplies that is not sustainable, and are coming harder and harder to come by.

But there is a viable alternative.

Imagine if there was an energy source whose reserves was so vast that that it is virtually free. Imagine if that energy source would give your car more horsepower and leave 100% clean emissions that actually benefited us. Imagine an energy source that could give us gas mileage that was so superior, that you could drive from Los Angeles to New York City on just 22 gallons of it.

That energy source is here, and the technology exists, and has been around for decades. That energy source is among the most abundant sources of energy on earth. That energy source is none other than water. Yes, water.

During the first Gulf War an inventor, Stan Myers, invented a water fuel cell that could run on any automobile. He converted a dune buggy that ran on tap water. Unfortunately, his invention ended with his sudden death, as an unknown assailant shot and killed him, and destroyed much of his research.

However, Myers patented much of his inventions, and others have expanded upon it. One of those who have is a UK non-profit organization called Earth 2012 which are developing a water fuel cell technology to license to the major automobile industry. Projections have varied, but Earth 2012 has said that the technology may be complete as early as 2007. However, if you’re mechanically inclined, or know someone who is, there is no need to wait, as you can try it out yourself. You can download detailed blueprints for converting your own junker to run on nothing but water.

2 Comments:

Anonymous charmaine said...

Great post, Alva. The story of Stan Myers has reminded me of a television movie I saw some years ago. I believe it was called The Water Engine. If you haven't seen it, try to find it.

Getting off the carbons is a must. The longer we wait, the more difficult it will be to make that change. Of course, what we're really waiting for is the oil industry to figure out a way to become the new energy giants. They have to find a way to own the sun.

10:53 AM  
Blogger john lichtenstein said...

Earth 2012 has closed its water car project.

Also Stan Meyers died of a brain aneurysm. He was not shot.

3:00 PM  

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