What Do We Do When The Oil Runs Out?
Expert Explains Why We Need to Explore Alternatives NOW
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 Energy, Convenient Solutions: How Americans Can Solve the Energy Crisis in Just Ten Years from Senesis Word (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."
Johnson believes that the greatest strength of the energy alternatives available to the U.S. is in the variety of solutions, and that there is no single right answer. He thinks the U.S. should select new energy solutions based on some or all of the following criteria:
- They should be comparatively inexpensive to use.
- They should be developed using environmentally sound, sensitive principles.
- They should be far easier, simpler and less expensive to implement than systems like the hydrogen fuel cell system.
- They should be adaptable to our existing infrastructure with minor changes.
- They should use raw materials we already have or that can be developed here, locally.
- They should be applicable to existing vehicles with upgrades or conversions.
- New fuels should be useable with existing IC (Internal Combustion) engines of all types.
- They should be developed using existing, evolving technology able to be essentially complete within ten years.
- They should create a system that is a net zero contributor of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
- They should use evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary changes - a good start to becoming constantly improvable, adaptable systems that drive numerous growing and improving technologies.
- They should be developed by America-based industry with the many resulting substantial benefits to our nation-social, political, and economic.
About Howard Johnson
Howard Johnson grew up during the depression and spent most of his life in Ohio and Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 1949 with a degree in chemical engineering, and is extensively well-read in many scientific and engineering journals. He became a professional engineer in 1953, and is conversant in many fields of science and engineering in addition to energy. These include astrophysics and cosmology.