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Friday, April 6, 2007



The Green Car is the so-called hybrid which can come in many forms. One is the car which run on regular fuel some of the time and, as it does, it charges batteries which run the car at other times. Second, it is the car which runs on batteries which are later charged by plugging the car into an electrical socket in the evening and this recharges the batteries. These cars can also run part of the time on gas. Third, the car is equipped with tanks of propane or natural gas, both of these fuels being considered cleaner than petrol. And there are several other cars with varying combinations of electrically charged batteries, natural or another gas stored in pressurized tanks so the gas is stored in a liquid state.

Although any of these combinations are better than the straight gasoline powered engine, let us not be deluded into believing all these sources of power generation are all that clean.

Take, for instance, the battery driven car. We might think that plugging the car into an electrical socket is clean. Well, in a way, it is. There are no pollutants around your home where the electrical socket outlet is. But, from where does the electricity come? It comes from the electrical generating power plant. The cleanliness of power plants vary considerably. In the United States most of the power, greater than 52%, generate electricity from te burning of coal. Other sources of energy which power plants employ are: natural gas, nuclear energy, hydroelectric plants, and fuel oil. Other clean sources of energy, such as wind energy, solar energy, fuel cell technology, and bio fuels are not sufficiently developed to be used by larger power plants.

Although there are non pollutants around your home, there are where the power plants pollutants are not as well noticed as in the urban areas with its congested traffic.

My purpose is not to disparage the use of non gasoline sources of energy for making your car run. Most of these other forms of energy are cleaner than using 100% gasoline.

It is a same with all the rivers we have in the US more hydroelectric power plants are not built. But, then we have the environmentalists who would complain that such plants would interrupt the life cycle of some insignificant worm!

Additionally, with the many complicated regulations and the numerous regulatory agencies which get into the act it takes many years to build a power plant from its conception to its completion. The cost becomes so great that few are inclined to invest the money required when the returns on such an investment are so far down the pike. We need to simplify the process, but in a country of competing political philosophies, this becomes truly an Herculean feat.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Nicola,

When you say "developed" in this paragraph:

Other clean sources of energy, such as wind energy, solar energy, fuel cell technology, and bio fuels are not sufficiently developed to be used by larger power plants.

What do you mean?

Solar panels can and do power office buildings, wind turbines produce enough energy for 10,000 houses each.

Perhaps you were referring to their "saturation" into the USA, which is very different to "development".


April 25, 2007 at 1:54 AM  

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