Reducing Oil Dependency
With war or sanctions looming in Iran, political unrest in nearly every oil-producing nation, and most importantly, billions of American dollars going to jihad-happy middle eastern countries, It's time to look for alternatives. I was glad to see the President address this last night, Republicans have been lagging on this issue, but now seem willing to acknowledge the obvious; Petrodollars=Terror. This is good news because alternative fuel can finally become a non-partisan issue. Bush referred to our current usage as an "addiction", here are a few ways to break the habit;
- Hybrid Cars
This is the most talked about method and certainly would reduce consumption significantly. Many models are already in use.
Not practical in vehicles, but the potential here is great. If every house in the sunbelt were equipped with solar panels, it would reduce natural gas and electric use significantly. I would like to see this president or the next pass a law instituting solar for all new homes in area's that have 255+ sunny days a year. Tax incentives for solar retrofit should also be put into law.
Hydrogen cars are zero emission at first glance, but is manufactured from natural gas. However advancements in fuel cell technology could revolutionize this field. http://www.driving-out-terrorists.com/ has detailed information on this subject and the importance of defunding the middle east. http://divestterror.org/ is also a valuable source. Critics can easily pick apart each of these ideas, but that would be missing the point. There is no one answer to our energy problems , but a combination of the above technologies that could free this great nation of ours from terrorist regimes.