As my estimate for the occurance of peak oil gets closer, the more I am convinced that putting all our bets on hydrogen based technology is a bad bet. Fuel cell development is just not progressing fast enough, the total energy demands of the hydrogen economy are too great and the cost and time to build the required infrastructure is too great. We have available proven technologies that can and should be used. To me the proven technology that is least appreciatied are the biofuels, ethanol and biodiesel. They offer many advantages that cannot be ignored.
- They can be produced with available, proven technology.
- New technology is being developed that will reduce costs.
- The fuels are very environmentally friendly.
- They could contribute significantly to solving our liquid fuels shortage.
- They could be ramped up to high production rates with very little capital investment compared to other options.
Furthermore I believe the federal government does not recognize the potential of biofuels. Biofuels combined with fuel efficient vehicles could provide self sufficiency with modest allocation of land that is now devoted to food production and with temendous environmental benefits. See Lynd.