You have heard some people say that plans to drastically reduce oil use are too ambitious. We should prove them wrong. If nothing else, THAT would feel awfully good. As a bonus, Florida might get to keep most of it’s land, and we wouldn’t have to move several coastal cities to keep them above water.
Already we have stimulated lots of people to come up with new ideas and improve technologies. People who already had ideas, old and new, are starting to produce them to show the way. In the past, entrenched interests like the oil companies made sure no non-oil-using ideas ever got produced. But new energy sources are too important now to let them get away with that in the future.
All-electric cars are about to hit the streets, from the high-performance sports car TESLA to cheaper commuter cars like the VOLT, to plug-in hybrids for much longer ranges. Compressed-Air cars are going to be built in India, Spain, and maybe the US soon. Like battery-electric power, compressed air provides a means not to burn fuel onboard– the air tank is refilled from an electric-powered compressor at fueling stations (perhaps we’ll rename them ENERGY stations). There’s a bonus, too: free air conditioning. The exhaust air comes out very cold.
So, we’ll need more electricity for all this. No problem. As T.B. Pickens has been pointing out, we have an abundant amount of wind, and we know how to build arrays of very efficient wind-turbine generators. And, solar-panel technology has reached the point where very large numbers of homes can be nearly independent of power companies. If you live in a mostly sunny area, you can do this NOW. Check out the following story, with facts and figures. Going Solar-Powered
There are dozens of other ways we can use, all working harmoniously to reach the goal of oil-free energy independence. I’ll be mentioning them here in future additions to the blog. Remember, OIL-FREE can mean pollution-free, and might very well allow us to be WAR-FREE.