Gas prices are creeping up again as civil unrest is occurring in the Middle East. From the late 1800s through the 1960s, The United States had its heyday of extracting billions of barrels of oil from our own country. Then the oil ran out, and the expensive, energy intensive, high carbon footprint task of importing oil began.
Back in the 1970s, an oil embargo greatly limited the supply of oil to the United States. Gas prices doubled, long lines were the norm at gas stations and oftentimes, the stations had to shut down as they ran out of gas.
Cars waiting in a long line for gas, circa 1970s.
The bottom line purpose for burning oil or any other earth damaging fossil fuel is to create heat to run a steam engine. Come on! The steam engine was created back in the 1800s. We are now in the twenty first century, the computer age.
We need to leave that antiquated invention behind us. There are more modern, earth friendlier ways to create energy that won’t choke the life out of the planet. There are many GREEN renewable energy sources available NOW that earnestly HAVE to be put into place.
The current, ultimate mode of transportation is an electric car charged by a public solar station or an individual free-standing solar panel generator for the home. These items exist right now.
Hybrids often get a bad rep for their appearance, but they’re the best cars! Toyota has a great variety affordable hybrids like the Prius c, Camry and Camry Hybrid, and of course the Prius Plug In. These cars give you the best mileage. While the Prius c gives you modes to save on battery power for your car, the Camry Hybrid has a special 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 with 200 horsepower. So all those jokes about Hybrids moving slower than a Barbie Jeep can be thrown out the window.
Alternative oils are also another wave we’re currently riding. Biodiesel and neat ethanol are perfect for your cars. Plenty of gas companies are now serving E85 ethanol that are a blend of 85% denatured ethanol fuel and 15% gasoline or other hydrocarbon by volume.
Changes are being made to promise a better world today and the future. Why not be a part of it? Take the pledge to go green today. The outcome will be bigger and brighter than you think.