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I Have a Dream about Hydrogen Cars

Since this is celebrated as Martin Luther King Day across the U. S. I thought I would put my own hydrogen car spin on this special day. It starts out with Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. And my apologies upfront to the late Dr. King, his family and the American people for butchering this beautiful speech to adapt it to a sense of energy independence and environmental freedom for this country.

I have a dream. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former oil company executives, electric car enthusiasts and hydrogen car pioneers will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the United States, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression from Big Oil, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice for alternative fuel vehicles and Energy companies that supply that fuel.

I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by staying inside the status quo but by how far they can reach outside the box and make it a reality.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the hydrogen fueling stations of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty hydrogen cars, buses and airport luggage carriers of New York. Let freedom ring from the hydrogen forklifts of the Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the hydrogen fueling station clusters in California!

Let freedom ring from every hill and hydrogen production center of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when the hydrogen economy happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Others may have a different dream. Anyway, this is my dream. Once again, my apologies to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who created a transformational social structure for this country. And let each of us carry the torch and push for transformational technology that will once again change this country for the betterment of mankind.

Anyway, here is the authentic “I Have a Dream” speech as spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

About Hydro Kevin Kantola

Hydro Kevin Kantola
I'm a hydrogen car blogger, editor and publisher interested in documenting the history and the progression of hydrogen cars, vehicles and infrastructure worldwide.

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11 comments

  1. Yes I have dreams too!Fcv cars are here let’s go buy them!I am already thinking about drivetone apps.CHUGACHUGACHUCHU.Lol

  2. Here’s another one “Green green green go go go boogety boogety boogety”

  3. F-class or Provoq?

  4. World peace for everyone and buy fuelcells and bring soldiers home!

  5. Why aren’t Brad and Arnold on here?

  6. admin

    Yes, Arnold should have given this speech as he was leaving office in California. Oh, well, there is still time.

  7. Titusville was a slow-growing and peaceful community until the 1850s, when the discovery of petroleum in the region caused quite the stir. Oil was known to exist here, but there was no practical way to extract it. Generally, its main use to that time had been as a medicine for both animals and humans. In the late 1850s Seneca Oil Company (formerly the Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company) sent Col. Edwin L. Drake, to start drilling on a piece of leased land just south of Titusville near what is now Oil Creek State Park. Drake hired a salt well driller, William A. Smith, in the summer of 1859. They had many difficulties, but on August 27 at the site of an oil spring just south of Titusville, they finally drilled a well that could be commercially successful.

    Teamsters were needed immediately to transport the oil to markets. Transporting methods improved and in 1862 the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad was built between Titusville and Corry where it was transferred to other, larger, east-west lines. In 1865 pipelines were laid directly to the rail line and the demand for teamsters practically ended. The next year the railroad line was extended south to Petroleum Centre and Oil City. The Union City & Titusville Railroad was built in 1865, which became part of the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad in 1871. That fall, President U. S. Grant visited Titusville to view this important region.

    Other oil-related businesses quickly exploded on the scene. Eight refineries were built between 1862 and 1868. Drilling tools were needed and several iron works were built. Titusville grew from 250 residents to 10,000 almost overnight and in 1866 it incorporated as a city. In 1871, the first oil exchange in the United States was established here. The exchange moved from the city, but returned in 1881 in a new, brick building before being dissolved in 1897.[2]

    The first oil millionaire was Jonathan Watson, a resident of Titusville. He owned the land where Drake’s well was drilled. He had been a partner in a lumber business prior to the success of the Drake well. At one time it was said that Titusville had more millionaires per 1,000 population than anywhere else in the world.

    One resident of note was Franklin S. Tarbell whose large Italianate home still stands. He first moved a few miles south in Venango County and established a wooden stock tank business. About 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Titusville was another oil boom city, Pithole. Oil was discovered in a rolling meadow there in January 1865 and by September 1865 the population was 15,000. But the oil soon ran dry and within four years the city was nearly deserted. Tarbell moved to Titusville in 1870. His daughter, Ida Minerva Tarbell, grew up amidst the sounds and smells of the oil industry. She became an accomplished writer and wrote a series of articles about the business practices of the Standard Oil Company and its president, John D. Rockefeller, which sparked legislative action in Congress concerning monopolies.

    Fire was always a fearful concern around oil and one of the worst was on June 11, 1880. It came to be known as “Black Friday,” when almost 300,000 barrels (48,000 m3) of oil burned after an oil tank was hit by lightning. The fire raged for three days until it finally was brought under control. Although the oil was valued at $2 million, there was no loss of life. Another fire occurred on June 5, 1892, when Oil Creek flooded and a tank of petroleum ether overturned. The petroleum ether ignited and in the ensuing explosions 60 men, women and children died. Another lightning strike in 1894 resulted in 27,000 barrels (4,300 m3) lost in a fire.

    Oil production in Pennsylvania peaked in 1891, when other industries arose in Titusville. The iron and steel industries dominated the town in the early twentieth century with lumber eventually reclaiming its former cachet. Oil is still relevant, however. Charter Plastics Company, now located in a building that once manufactured pressure vessels, stationary engines and boilers for the oil industry, uses oil in its production process.
    This story is about my family.My Great GrandFather was one of the originals except he made the wood barrels.The wood in thebarrels was worth more than the oil.John D, called him sir until steel barrels.As far as I am concerned the wood is still worth more than the barrels.Let us all be free now.

  8. I screwed up there at the end it was”the wood is worth more than the OIL in the barrels”

  9. I would also like to pay tribute to Ida M.Tarbell as one of the greatest champions of the cause and for her strenght and bravery.She is a Great American unsung hero.

  10. May my Mother live to see the end of this black curse.

  11. Thank you for that information and facts. It’s much appreciated! Best regards.

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