Today’s gas shortage comes in many forms, from location drilling ethics to world-wide shortages. Many scientists ponder whether we will have any gas left for use in the years to come as the population gets bigger and the supply becomes smaller, which is the most basic form of the gas shortage. So let’s break it down and see what we have, because there’s already a solution that many people are overlooking.
The Gas Shortage Explained
Gas, or petroleum, comes from processed dead animals that have long since been liquidized in the Earth’s crust. However, gas is not formed quickly and actually takes a long time in order to become the version we have today.
The gas shortage itself is not about having enough gas, it’s about the population explosion that has happened in the past century. There was no worry about a gas shortage a hundred years ago because most of us had no need for gas, and those that did could find it so easily that it was cheaper than food.
We have tried to fix the Gas Shortage
We have had solutions for the gas shortage in the past but nearly all of them fail against one crucial and destructive trait we all have; the need for speed. In 1769, over two hundred years ago, we had the first renewable resource car that would eliminate the gas shortage problem completely. A car, developed by Nicolas Cugnot, that ran on steam but could only max out at 3Mph. In 1832, the first electric car was developed by Robert Anderson and it used rechargeable batteries but could only go up to 10Mph.
So what happened? When gas cars were developed, the gas shortage began its slow decent and would only be seen once society had become dependent on it. However, these cars can travel up to nearly 300Mph. This makes it difficult for society to switch to a type of car that doesn’t go as fast, which the hybrid is the current highest selling gas-cutting car but it still uses.
Will Electric cars solve the Gas Shortage
The short and simple answer to this new age question is no. Even worse, the combined cost of everything it takes to make and run an electric car is steeper than that of a regular gas car. In addition to this, electric cars still run on gas for the most part and the fully electric cars cause too much of inconvenience to the average person to be of any viable use.
The larger part of this is that even if the car is running on electricity, the electrical plants that provide the electricity are running on either nuclear or petroleum based fuel sources.
Will 3D Printed cars solve the Gas Shortage
Again, a 3D printed car may reduce on production costs and gas usage, but it is still reliant on gas. In fact, the 3D printed car was already thought of and developed but the source funding for this project has ceased with a small chance that it will be seen again.
What will solve the Gas Shortage
In a shocking and somewhat still secretive surprise, the solution for the gas shortage has already been found. The Artificial Leaf, currently under development by Daniel Nocera, has the potential to produce enough energy for the entire world to use. However, there are three main issues preventing the world from having this power in our homes and they are the main reasons we even have a gas shortage problem.
Gas Corporation Pressure – This is a known fact by many and it tends to be a view point in many Earth disaster based films. If the world, as a collective, wanted to switch over to the Artificial Leaf for power then the gas corporations of the world would be bankrupt. Thanks to corporation pressure, nearly half of America believes the gas shortage is just a myth while others fall underneath societal pressure.
Civilization Integration – This is the main cause of why the gas shortage is still in circulation even though we have the solution in hand. Nearly every country has a petroleum based society and switching over to something new (and not fully tested) is extremely expensive.
Efficiency and Waste – The last issue is difficult to find a solution for; the waste of petroleum based cars. The sheer amount of waste caused by switching out petroleum based cars for hydrogen based cars is enormous.
The problem that arises now about the gas shortage is whether or not the public will be able to acknowledge and fund the artificial leaf to its full potential. This is the solution to the gas shortage of the world.