Time is running out on cheap petroleum fuels. Recent research states that we have little more than 40 years of steadily decreasing supplies of that type of energy while concurrently its price grows prohibitively high. Then it’s no more cheap oil. Then what?
That’s the question being asked and answered – by Howard Johnson, an engineer and author of the book Energy, Convenient Solutions: How Americans Can Solve the Energy Crisis in Just Ten Years (www.senesisword.com).
“We are running out of oil, period,” Johnson said. “That being said, it’s time to get down to the business of seriously developing alternatives. It is paramount that we develop realistic solutions to the energy crisis from among the multitude of products and systems that are in use, under development, or even latent ideas in the minds of America’s creative genius. We must collect and examine descriptions of fuels and energy systems — past, present, and future — and the many possible and practical ways to replace fossil fuels with renewable fuels or energy systems.”
According to Johnson, new combinations of old and emerging technologies promise amazing new ways to generate, distribute, and use energy of many kinds. The large variety of proven technologies and systems is astounding. There is no single right answer. The astonishing thing is the variety. In the long run, some will flourish while others will fall by the wayside.”
He thinks the U.S. should select new energy solutions based on some or all of the following criteria:
“It matters not to a driver what powers his vehicle when he presses down on the accelerator pedal.” Johnson added. “Any power system that provides adequate mobile power economically when that pedal is pressed will satisfy his needs. All of the new systems could replace fossil fuels as the prime energy source for our nation and even the world. We need to develop an entirely new and more efficient means of generating, transporting, storing and using energy that will generate profitable domestic business, good jobs and stop the hemorrhaging of billions of American dollars to nations that hate us.”