Iceland has been on a mission to reduce their dependency on petrol. They drive hydrogen cars and use hydrogen to heat their inhabited spaces. (read
article here: Iceland the First Country to Try Abandoning Gasoline - ABC News)
Finland testing hydrogen cars
A hydrogen car operates in a similar way as an electric car, but has a much longer driving range on one
“On one 3-4 minute fuel-up, you can drive 500-600 kilometres, so the operational radius is very competitive,” says Kalevi Korjala, CEO of the
Woikoski gas company. yle.fi...
Hawaii sits on large volcanoes. They have incredible energy sources. They have changed laws to require all new water heaters be solar powered which
is a good direction but that's not enough.
Top 10 countries and their Solar GW (Giga watts) usage:
United States 12GW
United Kingdom 2.9
To go off topic a bit, Australia is shocker since that country is flooded with sun but then I see this under their usage information: Australia
boasts some of the greatest solar potential in the world, solar power costs less than half what grid electricity costs, although the current
government is considering scaling back the federal Renewable Energy Target, which would slow if not stop the country’s upward trajectory in these
lists. (From above source)
If I remember correctly, the US is #3 in wind power energy.
What's depressing about this is not just the US but other countries seems to no longer stand behind the solar power movements, but the decline in
growth in several countries has been attributed to attacks from the nuclear and fossil fuel energy industries according to the European Photovoltaic
Industry Association (EPIA) in a report published earlier in 2014 (PDF www.webcitation.org...
) Many who live in HOA's may face
rejection of installations completely. And yet, if one is able to get around these obstacles, the cost of installing a solar system is beyond many
peoples financial reach. In the US with a higher percentage of people dependent on the government for basic needs than not, the opportunity for the
average homeowner to invest in solar is not an option.
Even as technology increases like: Spray Your Roof with Solar Power Dec 8, 2014 (news.discovery.com...
the total cost for solar is still beyond the grasp of many. Hydrogen cars are only a
faux pas on you tube videos and rip off scams. And the biggest reality check is people in the US have been told for so many years, we're number one,
we're number one, which might have been true in the past but in the last decade or so, we've slipped to last place. Not because we are in the last
place standing physical,y but because we have the technology and the funds to lessen our dependence on big oil and nuclear and we're not doing it.
It's irresponsible. We're not great, we're despicable.