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Hydrogen Powered Vehicles Persuasive Essay

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As you know, gas prices are going up. Nobody likes paying more money for gas and yet nobody is willing to do anything about it. Now that we are at war with the Middle East (the main gasoline providers) the gas prices are going to keep going up. Some people (like foreign ambassadors) say that trade with the Middle East is good for there economy, but I for one don't like being dependent

on foreign oil. That is where hydrogen fuel cells come into the picture. Rather than depending on a foreign countries oil, to provide fuel, businesses today should look to hydrogen as an alternative fuel source.

The United States is too dependent on foreign oil. If something were to happen, like another war with the Middle East, we would not have any oil to power our cars or heat our homes. That's why hydrogen is the answer. Everybody could make their own fuel for their country by creating hydrogen plants and buying hydrogen cars and not be dependent on foreign oil.

Hydrogen is also better for the environment. Hydrogen is good because its only byproduct in water coming out of the exhaust pipe, unlike oil which's byproduct is CO2, a chemical that is very harmful. Hydrogen is made through a process called electrolysis. This process just separates the molecules. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. It is the best fuel.

As with all things, there are two sides. One of which is the fact that all gas stations would have to start pumping hydrogen, this would be better for the economy but bad for the gas company's profits. Another not so good point for hydrogen is the fact that the plants to make the hydrogen are very expensive while the hydrogen is very cheap. Then there is the fact that everybody would have to buy new cars in order for the process to work, most people do not have the money, but the government could always do some kind of fund to get the money for the people to buy the cars. Mechanics would have to go back to school to learn how to work on the new cars, or they could put a small training course out and give it to the mechanics. Finally, the last major problem with hydrogen is the fact that it is more flammable then gasoline, this is only true if the gas is not contained properly. When you think of hydrogen, you think of the blimp the Hindenburg, which was a hydrogen filled blimp, and then it explodes because the gas was not contained properly. I think that all these problems can be fixed.




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