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By Congressman Jerry McNerney Ph.D., Martin Cheek

Harmful CO2 emissions, huge oil spills, dwindling provides the issues with fossil fuels are riding a longoverdue reassessment of our nation's strength regulations. U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney, a renewable strength engineer and the 1st consultant with services in power independence, leads the right way to switch. In ''Clean strength Nation'', he and journalist Martin Cheek make an impassioned argument for significantly decreasing dependency on fossil fuels and constructing sustainable, available power resources sunlight, wind, biofuel, geothermal, and hydrogen-based energy. Bringing jointly an extraordinary blend of medical wisdom, political savvy, and insightful journalism, the authors show the professionals and cons of different strength assets and view how our kingdom turned hooked on fossil fuels within the first position. The ebook reads just like the dramatic tale it truly is, entire with dire projections approximately height oil and grim eventualities of emerging oceans! prepared insights into guidelines and avid gamers that experience stalled growth on weather swap and favorite tremendous oil!and astute suggestions for development a fresh power economic system and a filthy rich, sturdy destiny

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Fossil fuels were also used in North America during ancient eras. Archeologists have determined that during the 1300s, the Hopi Indians living in what is now the American Southwest dug up coal and burned it to cook their food, heat their homes, and bake hard their clay pottery. Some Native American tribes also used pitch to waterproof their canoes and as a medicine. In 1510, Christopher Columbus found asphalt on the island of Trinidad. On his way back to Mexico during his exploration of the New World, the Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto passed through the Texas Gulf Coast region in 1543 and discovered asphalt, which he used to waterproof his expedition’s boats.

But then Henry Ford, a self-educated engineer who once worked for the Edison Illuminating Company, took up the hobby of tinkering with his own automobile and devoted his spare time to improving on the concept of engine-propelled vehicles. On June 4, 1896, Ford test-drove his first automobile design—a conveyance he called the Quadricycle—on the streets of Detroit. It was essentially a gasoline-powered four-wheel cart, but this oddlooking contraption proved to be the prototype for more technically sophisticated vehicles in the near future.

We learned that these flaming fuels could provide us with heat, light, and protection from wild animals. Humans have used petroleum for at least 5,000 to 6,000 years, and no doubt longer. Egyptian tombs from as far back as 4,000 years ago contain pictures of people using oil for food production. In what is now Iraq, the ancient Sumerians, Assyrians, and Babylonians collected the crude oil and asphalt (called “pitch” in the Bible) that seeped up from some locations along the Euphrates River. The Greek historian Herodotus mentions that the Babylonians even used asphalt in constructing the walls and towers of their great cities.

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