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Right up front, I gotta say it. And I know this is anathema to the enlightened, evolutionary worldview. But here it is. There’s no such thing as fossil fuel. Bam! I just attacked the whole fossils evolution connection. And, no, there won’t be a forthcoming retraction or apology.
Because the fossils evolution connection is a fairy tale.
And I probably shouldn’t say that. Because it’s an affront to the fairies in actual fairy tales. (side note: adults don’t believe in fairies or fairy tales. They’re reserved for kids’ imaginations.)
I’ve already talked about the advantages of crude oil. And how it’s a renewable resource. But most people are still scared of the big monster known as “Carbonus Emmisionatus” (aka: carbon emissions). So, hugs and kisses flow to EV car makers where magical batteries are charged by butterfly wings and pixie dust.
Oh wait. There are reports coming in, right now, that EV car charging stations are powered by (GASP!) connecting to the electricity grid. Not butterfly wings and pixie dust. AND that grid is powered by hydroelectric stations that run on (Dare I say it? Yes, I do.) by-products of crude oil.
Kids! Turn your heads. Don’t look. It’s too horrible to even think about.
But we’ve got to keep those dastardly hydroelectric stations going. Because we’ve got to forge ahead with electric cars. Because electric cars run on batteries made of materials that can be found in endless amounts.
Oh wait. More reports coming in. What?! Can this be true? EV car batteries include materials that are NOT in endless supply? And what’s this? They consist of materials that are in even lower supply than crude oil? Plus, the batteries don’t last forever? And disposal could involve less than desirable environmental impact?
Maybe this would be a good time to consider H2.
And I use the word, maybe, facetiously. Of course it’s a good time. It’s been a good time since time began (and when I say “time began” I mean for humans, but that talk is for another time)
Now, when I mention H2, you don’t think I’m talking about Hummers. Right? I’m not. Although, I believe the Hummer H2 could benefit from H2 technology.
Thankfully, a company I’ve been a fan of for decades, Toyota, is in almost relentless pursuit of efficient and safe H2 technology for the auto industry. And I read some info about their Corolla H2 concept car that sounded very cool.
Sure, they had a fire during a test of their liquid hydrogen-powered car. But they pushed ahead. And they announced their Corolla H2 “will compete for the first time at the Fuji 24 Hours” later this month.
But maybe you’ve heard about the fire dangers connected to H2 (aka: hydrogen). And the fire that Toyota dealt with was evidently caused, ironically, “by a loose connection within the hydrogen supply piping.” And they said the leak “occurred from the joint nearest to the engine, following its exposure to powertrain movement and vibration.” But the car’s safety system “shut off the hydrogen supply in under 0.1 seconds.”
That’s super fast.
And it meant there would be “no further damage or injury…to the vehicle or driver.”
Of course, some (maybe many) might say, “But it’s hydrogen. Remember the Hindenburg disaster. We’d better stick with our gas and electric engines. Because they’re safe and stable.”
Well, not so fast. Here’s something to consider.
“Given a spark, gasoline will burn in any environment. Hydrogen, on the other hand, only ignites at certain concentrations and temperatures,” commented Tomoya Takahashi, president of the Gazoo Racing Company. “Specifically, it needs a 4% concentration in air and a temperature of at least 550˚C. Hydrogen will not ignite under any other conditions.”
Wow. And for those keeping score, 550˚C equals 1022 in American temperature. So, it’s obviously not impossible. But it’ll be less and less likely to ever occur as testing and production improve the H2 technology to the level of efficient and safe we now enjoy in gas-powered engines.
Some of the top people in the Toyota company believe (and say) that H2 is the true future for cars. And I won’t take issue with that, even though it’s obvious that crude oil is a renewable resource. I won’t take issue because, according to most scientific sources, hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. So, maybe there’s enough to go around for everyone. And hydrogen powered engines only emit water.
Akio Toyoda, the chairman of Toyota, said this about H2 cars, “I drive the car myself, and we’re not giving up on the project. I want people to see hydrogen not as a danger, but as our future.”
I believe that the fossils evolution connection slows down technology. Because it’s driven by, and it drives, fear. A fear that we humans will destroy “mother earth.” Or a fear that we’ll use up all our resources. Or have too many people for the amount of resources.
Whatever the fear, it’s the opposite of faith.
Put your faith in God, the one who created heaven and earth and said it’s “very good.” And trust that His word is true when He says that as long as the earth remains, we’ll have spring time and harvest, cold and hot, winter and summer. You and I don’t live on a fragile bubble.
But it doesn’t matter if you prefer gas engines or electric. H2 technology or wind. Because every bit of it WILL be gone one day. But you’ll still exist. Or you’ll still live. The difference is based on your choice.
And here’s a quote from me that’s better than the Toyota CEO’s quote, “I trust Jesus myself. And I’m not giving up on Him. I want you to see Him not as a condemner, but as the Savior.”
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