English Final Essay

English Final Essay - Kaupke 1 Kirk F. Kaupke Ms. Stacy...

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Kaupke 1 Kirk F. Kaupke Ms. Stacy Allen ENGL 1223 March 31, 2008 Choosing the Right Alternative Fuel Source The recent debate on global climate change has spurred the research for an efficient alternative energy source. Several different types of alternative energy are in the developmental stages but all the solutions seem to lack in two areas: energy efficiency and cost efficiency. Hydrogen fuel cells are leading the development stage of alternative energy, while other experts claim hydrogen is not stable and dangerous for everyone involved in the process. Biodiesel seems to be the closest to being implicated and the energy and cost efficiency are both exceptional. Although recent research shows emissions of carbon dioxide during the biodiesel process are higher than the emissions for fossil fuels. Emission rates of carbon dioxide are a key reason why people are looking for an alternative energy source which defeats the purpose of biodiesel. Are any alternative energy sources both energy and cost efficient? Biodiesel is harmful to the environment and is not the best solution for an alternative fuel source. Choosing the right alternative fuel source depends on the consumers as well as the companies, but also depends upon the foreign oil supply and the state of the economy. The reasons for developing an alternative fuel source are few and far between, "the health impacts of small particle pollution, climate change, oil supply security and oil price volatility have combined to encourage radical changes in automotive engine and fuel technologies" (Cockroft 359). The hydrogen fuel cell has the potential to provide the
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Kaupke 2 economy with a car that produces, "near zero emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, and diversification of the transport sector away from its present heavy reliance on oil" (Cockroft 359). Michael Hordeski received his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. This would be a huge boost for the environmentalists and conservationists, but as Hordeski states, “most [car] dealerships do not put much effort in marketing alternative fuel vehicles because of the limited demand” (102). People need some sort of tragic event to take place before they resort to change quickly. Most people will continue to use the cheapest available means of transportation whether it is taxis, buses, cars, or alternative fuel vehicles. There is no doubt that the growing car industry, which has grown from a mere 8,000 vehicles in 1900 to over 200 million in 1995, will continue to prosper and eventually evolve into the best possible solution for the economy (Hordeski 66). Robert Evans founded the Clean Energy Research Center in the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Evans makes the observation that, “if electrical batteries were able to store sufficient energy to provide a range of up to 100 miles, then relatively simple electric vehicles, which would normally be re-charged overnight would likely be
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This note was uploaded on 06/29/2008 for the course ENGL 1213 taught by Professor Allen during the Spring '08 term at Oklahoma State.

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