Filled up your car at the pump lately? Did it pinch? It must have been, what with the recent trend of oil prices skyrocketing. There is not much that our government can do about it, there is one reality facing us all in the face, oil reserves around the world are depleting and the day is not far when oil will cost $5, $10 maybe $100 a gallon!
It is now more important than ever to find an alternate source of fuel, since the world’s oil supplies may be running out for good in due time. We must commend the government for trying, as they have been receptive to the concept of hybrid cars and alternate fuels, but sadly, very few are interested in such alternatives as of now.
It’s important to find the right balance between the advantages and disadvantages these different alternative fuels have over each other. Electric cars, for instance, do not give off any emissions that could harm the environment, but need a lot of maintenance and are lacking in horsepower. Using compressed natural gas is another alternative, but like electric cars, automobiles that run on this gas aren’t too powerful and can only carry so much gas in the tank – not to mention, the tank itself is quite costly.
Hydrogen powered cars are shaping up to be the best alternative, but aren’t quite the best yet due to a lack of filling stations and a lack of proven safety records.
Developed countries must pool their resources and develop fuels for tomorrow rather than wasting resources on going to space and fighting wars. Fuel is necessary, after all, in powering the space shuttles and jet fighter planes you see exploring space and defending the country, respectively.
Another option would be to encourage bicycle trails and take the example of Amsterdam, where cycling is just as popular as conventional transport. Or if you really want to kick it old-school, maybe going back to transport via horse, pony, or carriage could be an interesting and unorthodox sight. Wouldn’t it be strange, but entertaining to see executives riding on horses to work, or a parking lot for literally horse-powered carriages? Life without petrol and diesel is going to be future reality and how fast we develop alternative fuels is what will determine what we ride tomorrow, cars or ponies.