There is no official national energy independence day for the U. S., but there should be. Last week on July 4, Americans celebrated our traditional Independence Day which honored the Declaration of Independence which was adopted on July 4, 1776.
On July 10, 2012 on this blog I asked, “Energy Independence Day – Which Day Is It?” And of course there were several possible choices. The day that seemed most popular (and my personal choice as well) was July 10 every year. Why?
First, this date is close to the July 4 Independence Day celebration. Second, July 10 is the birth date of famed scientist Nikola Tesla, who worked with Thomas Edison, and who rose in status to compete with Edison over the nationwide use of alternating current versus direct current. Tesla invented and patented many devices in the field of electricity. The Tesla line of battery electric cars is named after Nikola Tesla (and of course hydrogen cars are electric cars).
A third reason is that we need a date (and of course this could be any date) to celebrate the upcoming independence of the United States from foreign hydrocarbon fuels. Of course we are not there yet, but it’s never too early to get started in the countdown.
So, check out this U. S. Energy Independence Day website and pass it along that July 10 is the day we celebrate our ever growing independence from foreign energy sources. Save the date!