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August 14, 2023 | The Car of the Future Runs on Hydrogen

John Rubino is a former Wall Street financial analyst and author or co-author of five books, including The Money Bubble: What to Do Before It Pops and Clean Money: Picking Winners in the Green-Tech Boom. He founded the popular financial website in 2004, sold it in 2022, and now publishes John Rubino’s Substack newsletter.

The three crucial pieces of the world’s energy future just fell into place for me.

First, I saw this graphic about the energy density of uranium, which pretty much explains where humanity is going to have to end up:

Then came this graphic from Ahead of the Herd’s Rick Mills depicting nuclear power’s “capacity factor,” which means a nuclear plant can run virtually 24/7, turning that insanely dense fuel into carbon-free power all night long. So the inevitable nuclear-powered economy will have to find uses for a lot of off-peak electricity.

Then literally five minutes ago, I stumbled onto this:

So here we are — or will be if we’re wise: Nuclear plants power the daytime economy and spend their nights turning water into hydrogen. The hydrogen — excuse me, “processed water” — fills vehicle fuel tanks to power cars, trucks, and buses.

Now, the energy experts out there (of which I am obviously not one) will respond with all kinds of reasons that this is an impractical fantasy. To which the most effective response is: The hydrogen economy won’t require this:

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August 14th, 2023

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