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The 20 myths of hydrogen

HydrogenFrom safety to efficiency to use, hydrogen works.

T Boone Pickens - Wind energy in mass!

Updated 4/1/09:

There is one word of caution regarding The Pickens plan. Mr. Picken's Plan seems to promote the building of giant wind farms to produce electricity. And this is GREAT! But he is not all that altruistic as he says little or nothing about his strong underling agenda for public support to convert our national transportation fleet to run on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas.) Mr. Pickens is a savvy business person and is already heavily invested in Natural Gas. If he is successful with this push this will:

  1. Continue to suck economic resources from your community but now place them into the pockets of Mr. Pickens and Natural Gas partners.
  2. Sharply drive up the cost of Natural Gas, making home heating even more expensive (if that's possible)
  3. Distract Detroit from retooling to build 100% Electric Vehicles.
  4. Offer only a small fraction of new jobs in comparison to what the EV market will create.
  5. Lastly, and very important, NG has some serious environmental hazards.  

For the better solution or more explanation on why CNG is a wolf in sheep's clothing, click here.

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Finally, someone from the oil industry understands the need to move our energy source to something clean, sustainable and none combative. If you've not heard of the "The Pickens Plan" you should check it out. Mr Pickens will soon be responsible for the US becoming the largest producer of wind produced electricity in the world.

But remember, we mustn't stop at wind farms - so, marry this wind path with Electric Vehicles and high tech batteries, or possibly hydrogen energy storage, as a widely adopted transportation fuel sources, and America is on the right track.

If we accomplish making these two energy platforms the standard in American society we've done our job right and the world will quickly, and eagerly, follow.

Will Mr. Pickens make money on this venture? Sure he will! But that's what business is all about. I think we'd all much rather give our money to someone doing the right thing, wouldn't we?

Who says one person can't make a difference.

If you'd like to support his plan. Visit - http://push.pickensplan.com/

A small word of caution. Mr. Picken's Plan is not all that altruistic. Be careful not to fall victim to his underling message about converting Detroit to CNG. He is heavily invested in Natural Gas. This move would only distract us from Electric Vehicles and sharply increase the cost of Natural Gas. For the better solution or more explanation on why CNG is a wolf in sheep's clothing, click here.

 

Residential Wind Power

It appears residential wind energy systems are getting cheaper.

The real cost of idling your car!

Here's a myth that needs busting; "Idling is necessary to warm up your engine!" False, false, false and more false (and this applies to the almighty diesel as well!):

  1. Idling engines run at cooler non-optimal temperatures. This means more moisture and corrosive acids building up inside of your engine oil creating a much higher than normal level of wear. This continues to worsen until you start to drive your vehicle - increasing engine speed, which increases operating temperature, which burns off the moisture.
  2. Idling your vehicle for more than just 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting your engine. Think about waiting at a railroad crossing, or a drawbridge, or to exit a parking lot after a large event, or picking your kids up at the school or bus stop.
  3. Idling your vehicle for 10 minutes uses as much fuel as it takes to travel 5 miles.
  4. Idling your vehicle for 10 minutes a day uses more than 27 gallons of fuel a year.
  5. Idling is terribly unhealthy for children because cooler engine temperatures also mean more toxic emissions. Think about this as you idle your vehicle in front of your child's school or bus stop.

Now, for those of you beating your chest and chanting - Idle engine wear is a bunch of whooeey, especially for the "Big Rigs!" You may want to click here and read "Idling kills..." where a seasoned veteran at Detroit Diesel describes this engine injustice.

Now, if we have your attention and you really want to learn more click here: http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/transportation/personal/idling.cfm?attr=8

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Urgency behind The Race to Zero Carbon!

Fact: Humans are unlocking carbon at an ever-increasing rate through the burning of fossil fuels for energy.

Fact: Our atmospheric carbon levels continue to increase and have reached levels many are now certain are connected with the dramatic (even catastrophic) changes in our weather patterns.

Fact: Plants are the only things on earth, we currently know of, that remove carbon from the air and lock it into the ground.

Fact: Humans are harvesting plants at a rate far faster than they can reproduce.

Clearing trees 50 years ago!

Clearing trees today!

This is not your farther's axe!

Logic – If atmospheric carbon is already increasing faster than our current plant matter can remove it, and yet we continue to remove plants faster than they can reproduce, then the only alternative is – we must quench our energy thirst via Zero-Carbon Sources. This will give the plant matter left on earth the ability to catch-up. In layman’s terms, this means our energy sources must not burn carbon fuels! The majoring of our carbon fuel consumption such as petrol, coal, and plant based fuels must be replaced by Hydro Electric, Solar Power, Wind Power, Tidal Power and Hydrogen generated by way of Hydro, Solar, Wind or Tidal. A path powering us with truly clean energy yielding no hazardous by-products.

We can't just "leap" to Zero Carbon, can we? No. But the point is, every step we take from this point on should bring us one step closer to a Zero Carbon / Zero Toxin energy community. Every wind powered generator, every hydro power generator, ever solar powered generator and every tidal powered generator we put into action makes some home, office or process zero carbon / zero toxin energy compliant.

What if we do nothing? Well, no one really knows for sure. But, if the Climate Change theorists are correct;

  • The oceans will rise, so some costal cities and cities built below sea level will be no more.
  • Some cold weather climates will warm and could be more comfortable – while some currently warm weather climates could become unbearably warm - even to the point of being unhealthy.
  • There will be more drought areas as snow capped mountains, which were once the water source for many areas, warm to the point they no longer collect adequate amounts of winter snow and are unable to supply the rivers they once fed during the summer thaw.
  • Many species of land and sea creatures will be lost as their environment changes to conditions uninhabitable to them.
  • Some warm weather climates might see abrupt alternations (like unexpected quick freezing) that can impact agriculture yield.

What don’t we know -

  • What will be the ill health effects that will come of the increase in temperature?
  • How will the loss of species (animal and plant) impact our earth and our health?
  • How dramatic will our weather change?
  • Could this drastic change in our environment (namely, the melting of the polar ice caps) trigger something more devastating such as an ice age?

If we take serious action, there are only two outcomes:

  • The downside first – we succeed in our efforts to convert mostly to Zero-Carbon sources but are still challenged by the devastating impact of our past environmental ignorance.
  • The upside – Our success in converting to mostly Zero-Carbon sources leaves our children with the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our earth just as we did (maybe even better.)
  • In any case – (even if the Global Warming theory is a hoax) taking eco-friendly action delivers the following returns:
    1. We create a demand for new technologies.
    2. We create new jobs.
    3. We bolster the economy.
    4. We cleanup our air.
    5. We cleanup our rivers.
    6. We cleanup our forests.
    7. We cleanup our oceans.
    8. We reduce the amount of pollution related health issues.
    9. We make global trade earth friendly.

Now, what again is the problem with everyone taking action at every level?

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