I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it. – Clint Eastwood
This quote quite literally explains the story of oil. We live in a world that revolves around oil. from large scale industries to the small cottage industries, oil is the key raw material used. All vehicles including bi-cycles use oil, the extent of their requirements may vary but never the less the requirement still exists. For the past 100 or more years mankind’s dependency on oil has increased to such an extent that citing a small possibility that oil wells of the world may dry out some day is completely discarded as a far fetched idea.
Oil or in general fossil fuels drove the industrial revolution all over the world. The use of oil spiked with the invention of the internal combustion engine used in cars/trucks and many other devices. The search for an alternative source of fuel way always a priority but somehow it never caught on and everyone forgot about the fact that fossil fuels are not renewable sources of energy.
Now we could argue that there are hydrogen cars (Beta versions not sold in the market), electric cars that need to be charged for about 8-13 hrs every 100 km you travel, machines powered by water/sugar/alcohol and what not. But are they good enough? Now of these products are ready for prime time for everyday use. Is it that electricity is a bad alternative to crude oil? Not necessarily.
Change causes chaos. Change is always hated by people until they get used to the change, and when it changes again, the chaos returns. In a world that is so deeply integrated with oil as its fuel, an entire reinvention is required to rethink and re-imagine the world with solar power or hydrogen. Is that possible? Well it isn’t if the change starts soon cause everyday that passes by, we get more dependent on the oil that is getting over as we speak and when its really gone, it would bring the world to chaos again.
Where countries are waging war to take control of oil wells, an alternate source is needed immediately.
Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected. -Robert Frank