When our government goes to war, it tells us it is in our "National
Interest." That's usually Washington speak for "they have
something we need." In other words, it's the type of political
correctness that fosters the postulation that it is entirely possible
to pick up a turd by the clean end.
cut the crap away from the political justifications for a war with
Iraq, all that is left is the fact that the Middle East has lots
of oil and sand, and we want the oil. If you could run an automobile
on sand, we'd want the sand.
name of democracy, freedom, justice, and God, we're not going to
let radical arabs cut off our oil supply. It's in our "National
instead, we were smart enough to recognize that our National Interest
is not necessarily served by bludgeoning our adversaries into submission,
but by simply making them irrelevant.
8:36 p.m. on December 22, 2007, we had spent $479,325,400,000.00
on the war in Iraq. (National Priorities Project). Since the war
started, 700,000 Iraqis have been killed by one side or the other,
and 4 million Iraqis have become refugees. Over 60,000 US soldiers
have been wounded, and nearly 4,000 have died trying to keep middle
east oil out of the hands of those who would use it to destroy our
way of life. So far, this enormous endeavor has resulted in a 300%
increase in the price of gasoline, which we continue to happily
pay. After all, the arabs need the money. They have a war to win.
much better it would have been to simply outsmart them.
$479,325,400,000.00, we could have built at least 117,100 hydrogen
fueling stations across the country and still had $479.2 billion
dollars for related development . According to the Census Bureau
in 2002, there are only about 117,100 gasoline service stations
in the US to begin with. Providing the infrastructure to quickly
convert them to hydrogen fueling stations would have cost no more
than $1 million per station.
Hydrogen Blueprint Plan, Vol. 1, reports that there are a few hydrogen
fueling stations already in operation in that state, built at a
cost of about $1,000,000 each. Doubling the number of existing hydrogen
fueling stations in California is expected to cost only $500,000
each. And the cost will continue to drop dramatically as the number
of stations and demand for them increases.
every automobile manufacturer in existence has a hydrogen fuel cell
vehicle on the drawing board, and some, like Honda, have invested
heavily in high efficiency production vehicles that are on the road
today. All hovering around the measly 11 refueling stations currently
in California, of course.
cells generate electricity on demand from hydrogen and oxygen. The
by-product of this remarkable technology is pure water. Imagine,
drinking the emissions from your car instead of breathing them!
More remarkable than that, imagine converting that water back into
hydrogen and oxygen using nothing more than sunshine, and using
that hydrogen and oxygen to generate more electricity to operate
your car! It sounds like the mythical perpetual motion machine.
It's not, of course, but it's close. And it is being done today.
we as a country been smart enough to invest $479.3 billion dollars
kick-starting the Hydrogen Age, we could have solved the Global
Warming problem by eliminating a major source of greenhouse gas
emissions; we could have reduced our oil consumption to a level
sustainable for many years through our own domestic production;
we could have added uncounted thousands of jobs to our economy;
and we could have saved thousands of lives.
all, we could have told our adversaries to go sit in their sandbox
and drink their damned oil. We don't need them anymore. They are
our Australian friends would say, "Good on us, and Peace on