The Human Race Free of Dirty Energy
We are in the midst of an energy revolution. If the falling oil prices are any indication, wait til you see this map of all the charging stations Tesla has built around the entire country over the last few years.
I'm obviously a little too influenced by Mr. Money Mustache who has built his army of conservationists and bad-ass frugal livers, and there's nothing wrong with leaning towards his ideas and principles because they all add up trying to save the world from humans. Mr. Money Mustache recently wrote a blog post about his cross country trip to California with a friend, riding the premiere electric car in the world, the Tesla Model S.
While only a small percentage of people could afford such a luxury car, when you think about the fact that it doesn't need a single drop of gasoline to run you start to realize that it's way more cheap in the long run. But that's not the fun part yet. Known to many subscribing to the rise of the Tesla electric car revolution, Tesla is soon to release their Tesla Model 3, a for-the-masses type of car worth about half their Model S, $35,000. Another insane thing is General Motors is also set to release the Bolt, which when you Google it always appears in an orange hatchback and it promises to be even more family friendly.
What really turned the key and unlocked that part inside my head which convinced me that the future of clean domestic energy is finally within reach was this photo I saw at Mr. Money Mustache's blog, laying out the charging stations Tesla has built all over the country, over the years:
Tesla's Free Energy Grid
Living outside the USA, I didn't expect the network of charging stations to be that vast already; and add that to the 27,000 existing charging stations nationwide. What's crazy good about these charging stations is that unlike gasoline stations (which there are five times more in the country), they don't cost you a cent! Solar power has finally come to a point where it's efficient enough to be convenient enough for domestic use.
The technology surrounding the Model S and Tesla's charger enables a charge of 30 minutes from zero to full and a drive of about 3 hours. Now that's convenient enough for road trips, giving you some time to have a bite while you let the thing charge. The electric car is just one of the few domestically important revolutions that need to happen if humankind is finally to set foot in an era where 'dirty' energy is nowhere to be found. We had to make mistakes in technology, as a species, to find better alternatives that might just shut down those man-induced apocalypse theories once and for all.
There are many other aspects in our domestic living where we can eradicate dirty energy. Our mobile phones just might get the one hundred percent total shift to renewable energy, especially that they run on a lot less energy these days. When you look at our phones today too, it's kinda like they were destined to absorb naturally available solar energy because of their flat and wide look. We even made a lot of our calculators back then solar-powered, and I guess that was the first testing phase for a solar-powered handheld device.
Our portable computers will eventually be all powered by renewable energy, and next would probably come our entertainment systems. There are already many houses out there that are completely independent of the electrical distribution grid because of being powered by solar energy. These solar houses have their pros and cons, but in the future those cons will be outweighed by a lot more pros as solar technology becomes even better and cheaper.
And what will happen to our coal-fired power plants? What will happen to our diesel generators? What will happen to the gas-guzzling SUVs wasting people's money by sitting at a parking lot or garage 90 percent of the time of its entire existence? Let's face it, coal-fired plants are left for the developing countries to feed on so they can accelerate their own economic growth hoping that they could accelerate their own entry as well to clean energy. And Diesel generators are still the most efficient backups when power failure occurs - but then will power failure ever occur on a large scale when renewable energy becomes mainstream?
And of course let's be honest with our beloved SUVs and gasoline powered sports cars. They're our childhood toys as a species. Eventually we as a species will outgrow them and we will learn that they're overrated and not worth that much to waste on money, energy and cleanliness. We'll learn to let them go.
The Future for Dirty Energy is as foggy as the smog it left behind.
I can't believe we've come to a point where we can now think that the future for dirty, non-renewable energy is more uncertain than it ever was. Maybe we'll resort to non-renewables only in times of emergency? Maybe we'll just use the byproducts of coal in building the roads we make for our electric cars? Maybe we'll learn to convert non-renewable energy into renewable form and make the earth perfectly clean.
As beautiful as the future of clean energy sounds now and after the breakthroughs of Tesla and solar technology, let's not forget the other half of the equation - the human side. I don't think we'll ever become a completely self-sustaining species energy-wise unless we address man's old habit of being wasteful. This whole green energy concept was hatched by minds who cared a lot about making the most out of every resource and those minds who valued saving every last drop of water from a bottle. It'll also take one huge cultural shift from society to really bring ourselves to a future free of dirty energy.