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“Uncle Sam’s” Natural Gas Fueling Stations – Part 2

August 13, 2010

Point of explanation. This article explains why natural gas, which is a fossil fuel that lease a carbon foot, should be widely used on an interim basis until the U.S. can provide cost-effective, reliable and sustainable renewable energy solutions.

Stopping the export of dollars for foreign can be done today, the natural gas way. Are we tired of bleeding dollars for petroleum, which has a much larger carbon footprint and feeds the petro-oligarchs with regimes, that may conflict with our interests.

As indicated in yesterday’s discussion, the way out of this dilemma to have a  viable renewable energy solution today, is to transition, on an interim basis, to CNG, (compressed natural gas) as a fuel for vehicles.  Be it 10, 20, or 50 years until a better alternate fuel can be commercialized, CNG provides tremendous advantages, today. Also, CNG is a bridge towards converting over to hydrogen as a fuel source. Even, today, hydrogen can be added to CNG in various concentrations, though uneconomical to do so. However, by using this strategy of converting over to CNG , we will not export our dollars, provide a cleaner environment and will allow sufficient time to develop an economically feasible hydrogen or other alternate energy pathway – from generation, storage, transportation and end use. In this case, end use would be a hydrogen fuel cell that generates sufficient electricity to run a car or possibly a manufacturing plant. An electrical source free of  fossil fuel, similar to wind turbines, PV solar cells and even geothermal.

Keep in mind, hydrogen can be derived from water and produces water. Water to water seems be an extremely smart solution.

Can this be done, it just takes leadership and our resolve to do so. Remember from a nascent aerospace technology we were able to put men on the moon in 10 years.

However, in the mean time the following is recommended:

Again , I will reiterate that the U.S. Government should set aside, let’s say, $15 billion as part of the ARRA of 2009 (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) for the design, build, financing and operations of Natural Gas Fueling Stations for vehicles.

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