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The surging price of oil has many politicians, including some from Tennessee, touting plans to help alleviate the “pain at the pump” many residents are feeling.

Included in those plans are drilling for offshore oil in areas that are now restricted, growing switch grass to convert to fuel and increasing the number of electric cars on the road.

All of which could help. Some sooner than others. But all seem to share the same common denominator of using technology that has outlived its usefulness and lost its economic appeal.

The Japanese appear to have moved past the fossil fuel dependency and are looking at more innovative solutions.

Honda and Toyota have developed and are releasing in Japan cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

According to reports, these cars achieve anywhere from 300 to 500 miles on a tank of fuel and perform at near combustion engine levels.

The engines use hydrogen, which is an unlimited, abundant fuel source, and emit water vapor as exhaust.

The vehicles now are costly to produce, but should be more economical as the economy of scale kicks in.

The problem for hydrogen cars in America is that petroleum moguls are too deeply rooted into the system and have made no move to promote anything other than their mega-billion dollar profit commodity.

America needs to move into the 21st Century and do so soon.

 

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