By Guest Blogger Dr. R. Paul Williamson
Hydrogen auto advocates have been looking forward to the day when hydrogen vehicles of all kinds run up and down our highways emitting water vapor and threatening no one’s’ health, future, or environment. Like the proverbial donkey chasing the autorot on the stick, hydrogen autos continue to always be another five years into the future, then another five years…and so on.
I started to ask myself why, if hydrogen is more safe and environmentally friendly than fossil fuels and the technology for the autos, refueling stations, fuel cells and electric vehicles has been proven then why are we not achieving our H2 auto goal? Of course abundant and cheap fossil fuels play a big role in this conundrum, but when I stepped back and looked at the whole energy picture, the problem is that we have no long-term, logical, defined energy plan in the United States. Only an energy fool would say we know where we are and where we are going. If we have no plan, then how can we implement the key elements within the plan?
After five years of research and contemplation I wrote a book “Winning the Energy Wars, A Sustainable Energy Plan for America’s Future”. The premise of the book is that we need a sequential, domestic strategic energy plan that transitions us from our reliance on finite energy resources to an energy abundant future based on sustainable infinite energy resources. When a sustainable energy plan is put in place, all of the background static that grabs national headlines (and little results) will be put to rest and the emergence of sustainable energy resources will be realized.
Is it desirable to move to a sustainable future immediately? Absolutely! Is it realistic? No way?
In “Winning the Energy Wars” I lay out a plan that systematically manages our finite energy resources to ensure that future generations will have these almost miracle substances for the future. Then I identify transitional resources that will help fill the gap between the present and the future. And finally, I ramp up the expansion of infinite energy resources demanded by the hydrogen auto industry. This plan, however, cannot be accomplished without some major shifts in the way we are now “managing” our energy future. The Department of Energy must be decommissioned; a new vision and results oriented Governors Sustainable Energy Council (GSEC) will be created and located out of Washington, DC; new, defined outcome and ROI oriented National Laboratories reorganization will be implemented; all piecemeal and duplicate energy funding will be consolidated into the GSEC; and additional funding streams will be created to underwrite private/public energy production goals.
Not only will the USA-Sustainable Energy Plan provide the vision and direction we so sorely need, it will give business — specifically the hydrogen auto business — a predictable trajectory on which to launch a hydrogen auto future that is sustainable, viable, and profitable. The sooner the hydrogen auto sector gets behind the establishment of a domestic Sustainable Energy Plan, the sooner we will see the ICE replaced by the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
About the Author
Dr. R. Paul Williamson’s transportation background includes work in automotive dealerships, motorcycle manufacturing, hydrogen refueling station installations, H2 powered-maglev monorail system development, statewide H2 economy planning, national first responders H2 safety training, and H2 and electric vehicle conversations.