There is no better time than now to develop an alternative fuel source to gasoline. With the prices of gasoline per gallon rising on an almost weekly basis, people all over the country are feeling the pinch.
It is up to our government leaders in Washington to put their money where their mouths have been for the past few years on this issue. John Kerry, all throughout his presidential campaign, endlessly spoke of alternative fuel sources while riding in his entourage of SUVs. He's still a senator, and still has the power to help in the development of alternative fuels such as hydrogen and electric motor vehicles.
Senator Ted Kennedy has been around Capital Hill as much as almost anyone else alive, and carries weight on his side of the political aisle. Why is he not sponsoring more development of environmentally friendly fuel sources? The democrats are known for being environmentalists, so why are environmental issues put on the back burner once the legislative sessions are ongoing?
No one expects much from the republican side of the aisle when it comes to the environment. President Bush repealed all of
former President Bill Clinton's environmental policies that were put into place, and quickly pulled out of the Kyoto Treaty. He has said that alternative fuel sources need to be sought out, but we have heard of nothing being done in that regards.
The hybrid vehicle, which boasts a wonderful gas mileage, will become more and more popular in the coming year as gasoline prices continue to rocket into the stratosphere. The problem with these cars is that they still depend on gasoline for locomotion. What we need is a motor vehicle that does not need gasoline, or any fossil fuel for that matter.
Hydrogen fuel cells seem to be full of promise, but they are not economically feasible at this point, but I wonder even if they were if the powers that be would want them out on the market.
There is much money to be made off of our over abundance of oil consumption. What would happen if we were to all at once become less, or even not, dependent on fossil fuels for our vehicles? Thousands of people would undoubtedly lose their jobs, but one industry's loss is another's gain. What ever energy source for automobiles replaces gasoline, that industry will have as big a workforce to produce their product as the oil industry.
Whatever happens, there are simply too many vehicles on the road that depend on gasoline, and a move to alternative fuel sources would not be the death of oil production, but for a time it would actually add jobs to the market. Gas stations would still be around, and what ever fuel source that replaces gasoline would probably have to have some sort of station for refill as well. It would make sense that these cars would need to be refilled, otherwise the companies that manufacture the energy source for automobiles would not make as much money. For a short time the country could see an economic boom from this new industry.
The automobile industry stands to gain as well. The more money people can save on gasoline from their product, the more their product will be purchased by the consumer.
There is no reason, especially in light of our current gasoline crisis, that alternative fuels not be developed. If our government does not aid private companies in this endeavor, as they aid the oil companies with subsidies, they are committing an injustice to the people that put them in office.