Can You Embrace
Hydrogen Technology Today?
Gas prices are
over four dollars a gallon in most places, and seem destined to go much
higher. Environmentalists are worried about drilling for oil in
sensitive areas and/or offshore. The twin dilemmas of Global Warming and
terrorism confront us daily with concerns for our future. All of these
issues combine to give us cause to pause, and look for alternatives to
Yet, which way
should we go on the “Alternative Fuels Highway”? Some people push for
ethanol, as it can be done by a simple change to the internal combustion
engine. But, ethanol needs corn or sugar cane to truly be productive.
The problem there is that it takes food away from the general public.
electric cars? Yes,
they have the virtue of zero-emissions, but they still have to be
charged. So, where does that power come from? Well, some would say you
just plug into any outlet, and you are set. Still, there is the little
matter of where that power comes from. Most power plants these days are
coal, oil, or some other fossil fuel. So, even an electric car can
contribute the problems of Global Warming, dependency on foreign oil,
and so forth.
This is where
hydrogen fuel comes into play. Now, some people would argue against it.
The technology is not ready; the infrastructure is not in place etc.
Well, the technology is here! If you do a simple search online with
something like Yahoo, MSN or Google, you will find a slew of devices
that make use of hydrogen technology. To fully convert your car to run
on hydrogen is expensive, but you can go with a hybrid, and the cost is
only a few thousand. Here again, that may sound like a lot, but when you
consider that you will then be able to “thumb your nose” at high gas
prices, and save a bundle; it is a wise investment.
Of course, some
people will ask where you are expected to get the hydrogen to fuel your
car. Here again, the basic technology is there. You can set up your own
little mini-pump to collect and store the hydrogen. As for the issue of
widespread distribution (a viable infrastructure), that is being
implemented even now. The state of California has mandated that hydrogen
fuel stations be setup across the state. And, as California has a huge
number of vehicles on the road – many millions, the state has an
enormous influence on the nation, and on the automotive industry. If
California pushes for something, and gets it, you can be assured that
the rest of the nation will follow their lead in very little time. So,
hydrogen stations will start to appear, even as more
and more hydrogen vehicles enter the marketplace.
Yes, the cars do
cost more, but look at all the pluses. They produce water as
“pollution”, you have no need of high-cost gasoline, and you will not be
contributing to the problem of Global Warming. Add to that, you won’t be
sending your money overseas to nations that do not have our best
interests at heart. With all of those factors on the “plus side”, it is
easy to see that hydrogen technology is the wave of the future..