The price of hurricane Sandy.

It’s difficult to talk about monetary costs after a disaster in which people lost their lives, homes and jobs. I think such things are best left to the small world of insurance actuaries. But as a guy who’s trying to convince others to take research on alternate energy devices seriously, I need to focus on the multi-billion dollar price tag created by this latest weather catastrophe.

While no single weather event can be directly linked to our warming planet, all legitimate climate scientists agree that in the future such costly events are bound to increase, if not in frequency, then in raw power. As some have observed, we’ll soon be having one of these hundred-year events every couple of years. We can only hope congress will finally understand that a national catastrophe fund is necessary.

The price of converting to an electro-hydrogen economy should be compared to the cost of recovering from these events. Electric power taken directly from the sun would replace the costly carbon-oxidizing methods we use today. And cheap solar-based electricity means we can make low-cost hydrogen to power our vehicles and run the electric grid throughout the night.

As a bonus, when hydrogen burns it produces water—not a greenhouse inducing gas. Hydrogen gives us a real way to slow, and will eventually stop the planet from getting warmer. I’ve even been told that converting today’s automotive engines to run on hydrogen doesn’t require extensive modifications. The change-over to non-climate endangering fuels could be performed in such a way that it didn’t place an undue burden on the economy.

So when we start talking about spending twenty or thirty billion dollars to fix this year’s climate induced damage, doesn’t it make sense to invest a few million to research some of the many alternate energy methodologies such as the ferromagnetic generator? The science is there, all we need is a serious commitment.

We could have cheap power not imported from an unfriendly nation and a climate more amiable to long-term human survival.

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