Fossil Fuel Threatens National Security

The United States consumes approximately one quarter of the oil produced throughout the entire world, yet only four percent of the world’s population reside in America.This disproportionate need for foreign oil drives Americans to finance, negotiate with, and war against many countries with vastly different laws and cultural norms from our own. By the year 2025, it is projected that 68 percent of American oil will be harvested from foreign countries.Inexpensive and easily attained oil sources are practically depleted.  The remaining oil is costly to reap which drives the escalating price of fuel further upward.  Could this trend be the impetus behind the billion dollars spent so far by the American government on the alternative energy produced by fuel cells?Integrity in our Fuel ConsumptionMany of the countries that export oil are built upon a society that operates in contrast to the American way of life.  Language differences, religious clashes and cultural diversities counter American norms and result in trade and policy disputes.  Many of these oil-rich countries do not belong to NATO or honour international peace-keeping policies. The dependency of the United States upon these countries for oil frequently places the American government in the midst of hostile international relations.  These tenuous situations have cost billions of taxpayer dollars in security measures, weaponry and other implements necessary to finance a hostile foundation for international trade. Counter-Productive Energy Use Continuing to rely on fossil fuels as our main source of energy is not conducive to peaceful relations, nor is it a financially sound long-range plan. Drastic measures need to be taken to build a future that is independent from ties to foreign oil. The Council on Foreign Relations has published a paper called, “National Security Consequences of U.S. Oil Dependency”, which outlines the risks associated with dependence upon foreign oil sources embedded in politically unstable countries.Fuel Cells Powered by Waste WaterPennsylvania State University has developed a fuel cell that is powered by the organic matter from waste water.  The fuel cell is capable of breaking down almost 80 percent of the organic matter from waste water.  During this process it produces heat and H20; it also releases hydrogen and electrons.  These have the potential to be used to generate the power needed to run a waste water treatment pump.Hydrogen is not mined, harvested or pumped out of the earth as raw energy. It is a domestic source of sustainable energy available to any country with the technology required to develop and research this eco-friendly alternative.  Some countries have already established international partnerships for hydrogen research and development; Australia/India, Canada and Japan; China/New Zealand; United Kingdom and Iceland.

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