In the days before the oceans dried up, the question of energy was on the minds of the millions. There were so many who knew that there needed to be a source of energy that would not destroy their future home. When the oceans first began to recede and people could begin to return to the land and salvage what was left, the debate began and escalated to a heated conversation of what method would be best.
Some scientists insisted on solar power, wind power, or even nuclear power since they had finally been able to make each one not only safe but also ridiculously affordable. They proposed using the uninhabitable areas to build fields of wind and solar farms and on the outskirts possibly build a nuclear plant or two.
Politicians insisted that switching to a natural resource for power when that very natural resource just proved to be one of the most unreliable sources would do nothing but hasten the end of what was left of their planet. They could not be convinced that the crisis was man-made and aided by the pollution caused by the overuse of fossil fuels. Either that or they just didn’t care and wanted to make sure that their interests were the ones who profited. The years of the Liquid Gold War did nothing to teach any of them anything. Besides, it was clear that their interest lied in the funding of the weapons they wanted developed so that if another world was discovered, they could take it over with minimal destruction.
But even before all these talks really happened, the supplies were dwindling. The coal went first. The mines were shut down because there was no way humanly possible to dig deep enough to safely mine what was needed to supply the world’s demand. The companies tried to create machines that would be able to dig and mine but the heat kept messing with the electrical and computer components. Millions of dollars was dumped into technology and research that would be able to strip the Earth down to its core. In the end, the project failed and was officially scrapped the same week the first of the oil reserves ran dry.
The oil reserves went dry and panic swept across the continents. People tried to rush to hoard gasoline and engine oil. Any type of oil that was required to run a car or machine was government regulated after that point. People were killed over getting a spot in a gas line. Farms had top priority so they could run the machines to plant and harvest, but soon, it didn’t matter. The only oil left was not available to us and so began the Liquid Gold War.
After twenty years of fighting and burning crude oil, the wells began to run dry. There was no more to be drilled. That was when the arks were unveiled. The world leaders at least had the foresight to create the arks. People laughed when they were finally told of the arks. Questions of how they would be fueled ran through everyone’s mind. How could there possibly be any type of energy that would lift something so massive and so full of people and animals that it would be able to break the Earth’s orbit?
The day that the press conference was to be held, the world came to a stop. Everyone, on every continent, in every country, wanted to hear how these ships were going to save humanity. With no fuel, how were they going to be the saving grace of the human race?
All the years of research, all the development of streamlined processes for harnessing the sun and the ever-growing winds were good but oddly not the solution for these arks. Some where, in some forest in the heart of what was once known as Russia, a scientist discovered a simple solution. There was a weed that grew, this scientist never bothered to name it because it really didn’t matter what it was named. What mattered was what it could do.
This scientist discovered that when this plant was boiled down and combined with basic salt, created a fuel similar to methane gas. The scientist even went on to create a more powerful synthetic form that could be created with polymers and all natural elements, making it a new renewable source of energy. After finding the fuel, the scientist then developed the engine that could run on the gas. It was a huge success and rumors of the engine spread throughout the governments and the scientific community. No one really had proof of it though because the scientist held it all in the highest secrecy.
After the leading governments tracked the scientist down, they were amazed by what she had accomplished and brought her out of the woods to help reproduce what she had done. Then, they placed the technology and energy into these arks.
Reactions to this news varied. Some people were amazed that no one had found this plant before. Others laughed, believing it would never work, saying there was no way that a weed would get them into outer space and keep them traveling until they found a new planet to live on. When the arks were turned on and taken on a demonstrative trip, the naysayers were silenced and began lining up for their respective ark.
The new energy source that earned the nickname of the Red Source, a name harkening back to the ancient histories, became a small spark of hope. And that spark would carry them all to a new home.
This post is part of the January 2013 NaBloPoMo. This month’s theme is Energy. Today’s prompt was “Come up with a creative plan (and no, it doesn’t have to be realistic and scientifically-based — toddler on a hamster wheel, anyone?) to create energy once we use up our fossil fuels.” This post goes with yesterday’s post so if you like this one, click here to go back and read yesterday’s!