Here's the scenario: Sticker shock at the gas pumps, with prices nearly doubling overnight. Long lines at the few stations that are open. The "high" prices that motorists were paying in the spring of 2000 could be a harbinger of a much more serious crisis in oil production and delivery.
Fuel cell cars, producing only drinkable water out of their tailpipes, are an unambiguous improvement over internal combustion. The promise these cars hold -- to be both environmentally friendly and technically superior to conventional vehicles on the roads today -- has fueled an international race to get a fuel cell car to market.
Our beleaguered planet is in the midst of an acute fresh water crisis that is likely to intensify in the coming years, exacerbated by global warming, industrial pollution, high-tech agriculture, misplaced development priorities and the steady pressure of exploding populations.