Originally Posted by PeterWolf
In his last speech he urged Americans to buy hybrid cars and use alternative fuel in order to break the US addiction to oil. His advisers and writers are finally getting the message??
Uh, depends. If you consider that US lobbies seriously push the use of gasoline as the "stabilized distribution medium" for hydrogen - which would then be extracted through solar-powered electrolysis at existing gas stations - then no, his advisers are certainly not getting the message. And their vision of the "hydrogen economy" does not cut the strategic dependency on oil-producing countries.
Now, it might be possible to use biogas as the hydrogen source, but as far as I know, the Bush administration has not pushed for biogas at all, except for potential use to support rural collectivities.
And then what do you do of the carbon collected after electrolysis, I do not know.
To solve this issue, the hydrogen-extracting electrolysis would be applied to water instead, in which case, there would be no rejected carbon, only oxygen (O2, not O hopefully
So if western economies started implementing better water-collecting/recycling systems now, they could use water electrolysis soon, while water-less oil-producing countries could still use gasoline or gasoline electrolysis for their energy needs.
Sounds like a pretty good phase-out strategy, but then widening water distribution to the proper scale sure wouldn't be easy.
Another solution, centralize energy production (and pollution filtering) and standardize most or all energy-consuming devices to a clean-use energy through a scalable, supported pre-existing distribution grid. To me, that would mean electric cars. Sorry guys.