I was walking through the country side today and I started to remember my article about Batteries and Cars. As I started to think it came to me that we have to start thinking further than just the cars here on Earth.
How about all the trucks that transport all of the goods across the roads to our local markets. Then, how about all the farm machinery that uses gasoline or diesel. They have to work for many hours each day without stopping. With our technology now we could make them hybrids, but still they need to be recharged and refueled. Many times the tractor or combine or harvester is left in the field.
How about all the special trucks and bulldozers. The drag lines and diggers. The chain-saws and ski-lifts. I could go on and on but we all have to start thinking – How are we going to replace all of these gasoline driven motors.
Electricity is an answer but not everything can be connected to an outlet or power-line all of the time. The have a large number of trains that run on electricity, but not all of them. How many times have the power lines been blown down by high winds, tornado’s, and ice and snow.
They have said that the main power lines cannot be buried so they have to stay above ground. And all the power companies don’t want to spend the money to bury all of the local power lines, even though they do it in all of the major cities. What this means is that they would rather spend hundreds of thousands of dollars fixing the lines every year, instead of putting them under the ground.
Then there is alternative bio-fuels which is a step, but is it the right one. The world would have to grow these grains around the world. My question is, would it take away from the food production for all of us. Take away the food production and the prices of food would escalate beyond the ability for normal people to purchase.
We need to start to think of other possibilities to generate the energy for our motorized transport systems. If we don’t start thinking of it today, tomorrow will be too late.
One of my favorite sayings is: “Tomorrow never comes.” Think about it and prepare for the day after tomorrow.
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