Futurology is a risky science. Some people don’t even consider it as a science. Having said that, sometimes it’s not a bad idea to let your minds free and look at the possible outcomes of our most recent discoveries as well as glancing at the windows of future. One example of these recent discoveries is Hydrogen Energy. Here is a good place to clarify the fact that Hydrogen Energy can refer to both nuclear type as well as chemical type.
Hydrogen energy is currently being used in lunching telecommunication satellites, power generators and some vehicles. Since this type of energy is incredibly efficient and clean, comparing to fossil fuels, more and more people are getting attracted to it. According to Energy Information Administration, by 2020 we will be able to walk into an automobile dealer and drive away in an affordable hydrogen-powered car(Energy Information Administration). By 2025 this type of energy will become so common that it will replace all gas stations with its own stations. As a result, the number of cars on roads will increase which will lead to more traffic and it surely will require the government to spend more money on highway projects as well as faster public transportation projects. Long distance transportations will become so cheap and it will enable every person to travel all around the world at a very low cost which will lead to more tourism for almost every country just as railroad and steam engine did in 1800’s*. Tourists bring foreign money into countries which will improve the economics of that country which as a result will improve the quality of life of every person and family. The cost of electricity will decrease dramatically. Also environmentalists no longer have to worry about the emission of Co2 by fossil fuels. The only emission of burning Hydrogen is water. A decrease in the cost of energy will attract more people to investing in industry. Since energy is the key to advanced civilization, an increase in the sources of energy accessible to humans as well as discoveries of new types of energy can cause many technological breakthroughs; for example the discovery of electricity followed by the inventions of devices powered by electricity**. We can summarize this paragraph in the following formula: Cheaper Energy =More Technological discoveries= More Consumption = Better Life Quality.
Now let’s look at the nuclear side of Hydrogen energy. Currently there are eight countries that have nuclear weapon capability. However the number of countries that are using nuclear energy as a green energy exceeds that number. Jonathon Schell, in his watershed book ‘The Fate of the Earth’, points out how perilously close we have come to mutual annihilation. There are a considerable number of countries that are seeking nuclear energy. Many of these countries will achieve nuclear bombs by 2030 which will increase the danger of nuclear proliferation. The discovery of element 92 upsets the balance between the slow, steady rise of the cohesive social unit and its technological development. The releasing of the nuclear energy dwarfs chemical explosives by a factor of a million( Kaku, Michio). That basically means that only a few nuclear bombs give enough energy to a person to demolish humane race. The question that arises is whether we are all at a comprehensible social stage to realize the peril of global nuclear accessibility. Surely, as accessibility to nuclear energy increases more and more strict laws should be applied to the way it’s going to be used. Atomic bombs were already used in World War II and we all know how many innocent people were killed as a result. Just imagine how devastating and rueful the next world war could be.
Now let’s illustrate the positive possible outcomes of Hydrogen Energy (Nuclear Type). As hydrogen energy becomes more and more popular, it becomes cheaper. Hydrogen energy will be used in laptops, cell phones, vehicles, home appliances and etc. Basically Hydrogen energy will dominate every home, machine and device. All devices powered by Hydrogen will be more efficient and users barely have to be worried about charging them. Since 75% of all the matter in our universe is Hydrogen, we no longer have to be worried about how much energy we consume and how we consume it. In future people will be able to convert sea waters directly to energy. A vehicle will be able to travel across America with only one gallon of sea water. We might even be able to run our electronic devices by water. When they are run out of battery, we just have to fill up the tiny tank with water. In countries with high humidity, you don’t even need to charge up your devices. The machines will convert the water molecules in the air to electricity. What a wonderful world it will be …
-* For more information refer to paragraph 4 from, https://am35.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/the-technological-development-of-hydrogen-energy-through-history/
-** For more information refer to paragraph 5 from, https://am35.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/the-technological-development-of-hydrogen-energy-through-history/
Energy Information Administration.(August 2008). The Impact of Increased Use of Hydrogen on Petroleum Consumption and Carbon Dioxide Emissions. Retrieved March 29, 2009 from, http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energyfacts/sources/IntermediateHydrogen.html#HydrogenFuture
Kaku Michio.(1994). Hyperspace : a scientific odyssey through parallel universes, time warps, and the 10th dimension. ( chapter 9,pg 295-296). New York : Oxford University Press.
Schell, Jonathon.(2000). The Fate of the Earth. The Second Death (pg. 111-115). California: Stanford University Press.