Hydrogen as an alternative fuel source in ferries

The United States is dependent on oil and has been since the turn of the Industrial Revolution. They have created relationships with foreign countries to obtain access to their resources. The use of oil has forced the United States to form some shaky relationships with foreign countries and has forced the United States to support and back these economies in a time of war. The truth is, however, that oil and other fossil fuels are not going to be around forever; they are finite resources, and the United States needs to explore alternatives. The dependency the United States has on other countries to provide oil for its people threatens the United States national security, as well as causes extreme damage to the environment. Climate change is all but too real right now, and the extensive use of oil and gas are the main contributors. The United States has been leading the way when it comes to having the largest carbon footprint in the world, until recent years when China surpassed the United States. The United States started to fund projects to find cleaner fuel sources and cut emissions. The most popular fuel source has been electric power in vehicles; it hasn't been until recent years that a new alternative hit the headlines.

A capstone project submitted to the faculty of the California Maritime Academy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs.