The future and the past
June 17, 2008 7 Comments
Yesterday Honda introduced its first hydrogen fuel-cell powered car. It’s a great step forward for alternative energies. A small one, sure, but at least it’s not oil…
The four-seater, called FCX Clarity, runs on electricity produced by combining hydrogen with oxygen, and emits water vapour.
Honda claims the vehicle offers three times better fuel efficiency than a traditional, petrol-powered car.
Honda plans to produce 200 of the cars over the next three years.
There are still problems with the technology, the least of which is trying to fill it up and the most of which is that while the car itself produces zero emissions, creating the hydrogen fuel produces more greenhouse gases than, well, the benefits of having a zero emissions vehicle in the first place.
But at least it’s not a limited resource produced primarily in places populated by people that hate us.
Meanwhile, in the past…
John McCain (who bears an odd resemblance to Captain Cave Man when I am feeling mean) today came out with his solution to the problem:
With the price of gasoline surging past $4 a gallon in many parts of the country, Senator John McCain called today for the lifting of the federal moratorium on offshore oil drilling for states that want to permit it.
He said that he also favors giving states incentives to allow exploration, part of an energy proposal that he said would be “very helpful in the short term for resolving our energy crisis.”
Why Johnny, however did you come up with that? Oh. right. $723,000 in oil industry contributions. My bad.
But at least you’ve been consistent on this issue, right?
Mr. McCain has a mixed record on the issue in the Senate. In 2001 and 2006, he voted in favor of offshore oil drilling in Florida, but in 2003 he voted against it in Florida and other states. Mr. McCain has consistently opposed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Well, we can at least look at the bright side. At least it’s an energy policy. It is, after all, his first.
McCain’s web site does not contain a section that addresses energy. It is not one the issues on his “issues” page. It is briefly mentioned in the economy section (the gas tax holiday) and there is a section on climate change (that does not contain a single word about car emissions, mileage standards or renewable energy).
“We must embark on a national mission to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gases through the development of alternate energy sources,” Mr. McCain said, adding that he continues to support a summer gas tax holiday.
Hunga Bunga, indeed.