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American Energy Policy
Early in his presidency, John F. Kennedy (JFK) consulted NASA officials and our nation’s smartest and brightest engineers, technical experts, and scientists to confirm that a moon landing was possible.
Then on May 25th, 1961 in a special session of Congress he announced his ambitious vision to place an American on the Moon before the end of the decade. For the next eight years, JFK’s goal captured the collective imagination of an entire planet until it was achieved by Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong stepping off the Lunar Module's ladder and onto the Moon's surface on July 20, 1969, an event few of us will ever forget as one of our nation’s crowning accomplishments.
Fast forward to 2011. What is missing from America’s ability to wean itself off its insatiable addiction to crude oil is vision and leadership. Modern America seems to have lost its way as global visionary, and today many Americans sound more like helpless victims than confident movers, shakers, and problem solvers. Our American legacy is simple: we are idea people—thinkers, inventors, and doers whose ingenuity is not bound by an impotent belief in some divine right of governmental entitlement. We are Capitalists—competitors who possess the means to birth an idea then work backwards from that idea to achieve either a solution or a better idea. A few examples include the construction of the Panama Canal, the Space Shuttle Program, and the Manhattan Project to build the world’s first nuclear weapon. In each case, a problem was identified and a solution theorized before the required technology existed.
Earth is 71% water. Invisible to the human eye in every single drop of the stuff is the exact same energy source that powers the sun: HYDROGEN. I spent 4-years operating a machine onboard a navy nuclear submarine that could help solve America’s crude oil dependence problem. This machine, known as an “electrolytic oxygen generator,” applies electrical current to water stored in metal ‘cells.’ When current passes through the cells, the oxygen and hydrogen (H2O) separate. Oxygen is siphoned off and stored until the sub crew needs it for breathing. The highly explosive hydrogen is carefully pumped overboard. If this simple process were reversed, we would fill our vehicle fuel tanks with water at the pump, through electrolysis burn clean hydrogen in our vehicle’s internal combustion engine instead of gasoline, and pump the leftover oxygen back into our atmosphere by way of the tailpipe rendering a car more like a tree: takes in water, and gives off oxygen.
The technology already exists to solve a huge part of America’s energy crisis. We just need the collective will, leadership vision, and stated goal to succeed. Send emails to your state's Congressional leadership today urging them to engage their Washington colleagues and the president to immediately craft a vision to solve America’s energy dependence problem once and for all.