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Alternative Energy Sources In the not-too-distant future -- with regard to historys timeline -- there will come a point when fossil fuels will have been depleted and humans will be forced to find alternative sources with which to power automobiles household heating units and myriad other machinery that utilizes fuel However waiting until supplies are exhausted before establishing a workable alternative would place a major hardship upon future energy demands For this reason various options -- not only those that supply a form of fuel but also those that reduce and often eliminate pollution -- have been in the works for several years It is imperative that these alternatives be implemented long before the current supply is depleted Without question the worlds energy demand has increased due directly to the fact that the population continues to rise What this translates to in correlating statistics is that energy demands throughout the past half century have tripled the global economy has quintupled and the world population increased twofold Anonymous emtxt4html Richard Cromwell general manager of SunLine Transit Agency in Southern Californias Coachella Valley is a firsthand proponent of alternative fueling Having to smell the awful odor emitted day after day from his fleet of forty-seven buses Cromwell Silverstein 10 encourages the changeover Phil Bostley Mayor of Indian Wells a subsection of Coachella Valley agrees wholeheartedly by saying petroleum-base fuels will go the way of the buggy whips back in the 1930s Silverstein 10 Fortunately for those who run such fleets a mandate issued by the Energy Department required operators to begin purchasing alternative fuel vehicles Silverstein 10 as of September 1 1996 In an effort to help offset the exorbitant cost of such an undertaking the federal government has given tax credits to companies of medium- to heavy-duty fleets that either convert their current vehicles or purchase new ones As well smaller light-duty fleets such as those used by police departments will begin switching over to
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