03:10 pm - From www.scalzi.com (courtesy of herbaliser) Goddamn, this guy preaches some gospel.
We like to think the peasant revolt currently underway at the UN is simply a matter of formerly-significant states trying to stack up on top of each other, Transformer-like, to create a single powerful-but-evanescent entity to thwart the US for fun and future Iraqi oil revenues. But it has just as much to do with an absolute distaste for Dubya and his administration's methods. Let's be honest enough with ourselves to admit it takes a special kind of stupid to drive otherwise largely rational allies to prefer to be seen to side with a gleefully genocidal murderer than with you. I fear for the fact that the Bush administration wants to promote the development of hydrogen engines; if it goes about promoting the program like it's handling Iraq, we'll be stuck sucking oil out of the Arabian peninsula for another three centuries.
(Incidentally, for those of you who didn't know this already, I've been fanatically preaching the benefits of hydrogen combustion motors for well over a decade now. They are CRUCIAL to our environmental future, and no, electric vehicles are NOT a viable alternative - which is precisely why Big Oil likes them.)
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I work for a company that does some contracting for oil companies and I have to say that Big Oil isn't as stupid as we wish it was. They know petroleum's days are numbered. They have been funnelling a lot of cash into hydrogen technology for a few years now, and with the political climate shifting they really have put more resources into it. So the good news is that this viable technology may soon be put out to the masses. The bad news is that it may happen only within a timeframe that permits Big Oil to maximize its profit on it and it's legacy product (oil in this case). If they wind up with the intellectual property and the patent for it, we wouldn't see a proliferation of hydrogen powered vehicles, but more of a trickle. I hope somebody that isn't on evil's payroll stumbles across this technology first, but those odds aren't good. Maybe circumstances will force Big Oil to deliver on hydrogen more speedily, I can only hope.