Today Agent Stein is spying on the home of one Cyril Ichabod. Cyril is a special case of what the D.E.I. calls a “Shamdora’s Box” avatar. Over the years the Division has collected a large number of conscious beings they call “Influits.” They are the guardians of the Garden. Once they are trained using a specialized form of English that traps a mind with its word choice they are sent out to mimic the real Rapture avatar experience in order to gain control of the minds of executives, politicians and others the Division feels are worthy of manipulation. Mr. Ichabod is an energy company executive.
“I’ll tell you something else, Yvonne,” says Cyril, “if you’re looking for the best quality replacement for oil you can look no further than hydrogen.”
Mr. Ichabod is on the telephone to an NPR talk show. The subject is green energy alternatives. the guest is an administration official. The host is Yvonne Gray.
“Sir, could you give us an example of how you would use hydrogen as a replacement for gasoline?” asks Yvonne.
“Certainly,” Cyril says, “There was a company in Houston around 1996 I think that developed a welder that ran on what they called Water Gas – HHO. It separated out hydrogen from water and emitted oxygen as a by-product. We can repurpose that technology to create electric generators connected to the battery packs of today’s electric vehicles to give them unlimited range. In an accident they would be much safer than gasoline – only water and a small amount of hydrogen might be released. Once the technology is affordable it can be scaled to create enough energy to power a home. Or stack them in arrays and replace existing power plants with hydrogen electric generators that oxygenate the environment.”
“I see,” says the host. “Well that sounds…”
“Oh wait,” interrupts Cyril, “There’s more. Our current oil price is about $60 per barrel. There are 19 gallons of gasoline in a barrel of oil once it’s refined. If the oil companies sell gasoline for $3.50 per gallon where is their profit? Now think about hydrogenated water. Brand name bottled water will already run you over $10 per gallon in some stores! Oil companies can make a bigger profit on water without exploration and pumping costs. Hydrogenation can be at differing levels to mimic the octane levels we have now. That way the pumps at gas stations can still be used. Only now they will pump hydrogenated water. Imagine how much safer we will be with all of those big trucks delivering water to stations instead of gasoline!”
“Well, that does sound like a good idea,” says Yvonne. “Doug, what’s your take on hydrogen?”
The administration official clears his throat and then responds. “Well you have to remember that hydrogen is a fuel, not a power source. When we’re dealing with replacements for electric power in terms of green alternatives really we’re looking more at sunlight and geothermal as power sources that can make a difference to the long-term effects within the environment.”
“Well that’s all the time we have for today,” says the host, “Thank you very much Doug Ayole from the White House Commission on Green Energy Alternatives and thank you for listening to our show.”
“That’s it?” Cyril says to himself out loud. “Hydrogen is a fuel not a power source? Of course it’s a fuel. So what!? It’s a fuel that competes with the fossil fuels like coal and oil that provide electric and auto power. Yes, it’s a fuel. It’s a fuel that comes from an unlimited power source – water! Oh my God, what is that guy thinking?”