A New Energy - for April 30, 2015
What if a new transportation method
came with an easy fuel recipe, made from
most any kind of plant material around?
Then what if a competing industrialist concocted
a way to kill off this fuel by pushing Prohibition?
Then other companies bought up and destroyed
an electric trolley system that spanned the entire USA.
Viola: A nation completely hooked on a dirty,
expensive fuel called gasoline. We have been
suffering under fuel tyranny ever since!
Booms and busts correspond to oil spikes;
Middle Eastern countries still have us by the throat.
Even though we could use clean-burning methanol
and other fuels, even though we could use electrics,
we refuse to give up this addiction to filthy fuels
provided by fossil remains – finite fuels that can run dry.
We desperately need a new energy in this country,
before other growing economies and hostile nations
strangle us with our own gas guzzling greed.
An energy that is a determination to create several
options for fueling transportation, and for getting around.
It is time to render petroleum a cheap waste product,
come up with new alternatives for the 21st century.
I dream and wish for big things, to be sure.
But some are already building such things,
long-distance electric cars and their infrastructure.
When people put their minds to it, we can do it.
Lets ditch the gas and reach a technical “critical mass.”
Put control of our transportation future back where
it belongs – squarely in American hands.