Burning Water

With wonder and skepticism, I watch a YouTube video as a man searching for a cure for cancer starts a fire burning saltwater in a tube. Another video shows a man using a flaming torch to slice through metal: again, burning water. Still other videos show using this technology to run cars and motorcycles. Burning water: it’s something that seems to go against the very laws of nature.

Is this real I ask myself, or is it a hoax, an Internet scam, a false hope? If there is the slightest possibility that it’s true, the rest of the world could use it. Is it possible that such technology exists and goes unnoticed in our society’s focus on a global crisis? Are we so busy having a crisis that we don’t see a solution that creative people among us have figured out, not only once, but over and over again?

I want to reduce my carbon footprint, and I would like to do so without sacrificing any mobility. It’s almost worth sending $60.00 to a potential Internet scam, just in case it isn’t one. Just for the chance. Just so that, no matter what happens, I can really say I tried, I did all I could do.

The person watching the video with me, the one about cars and motorcycles on the web site WaterforGas.com, which can sell you a book telling you exactly how to build this pristine, smoke-free flame and use it to power the common car, says, "Why wouldn’t that technology be patented, restricted, reserved for the wealthy and powerful?”

That is how we’re used to seeing great new inventions in this world, as patented exclusive secrets. And that’s perhaps the reason why we don’t see technologies like the water burning engine used in our everyday lives, yet. Perhaps the first inventors of this technology did think in the old mode of exclusivity. These plans were bought by companies and never used. I remember reading about this in the 1980’s. Later, re-inventors of it found that if you want to see true change, you have to make it widely available to a lot of people. The people who do know how to build this technology also have to share the planet with the rest of us, and could easily see the value in making this clean energy readily available.

Burning water is a hard possibility to accept, but it could be the ticket to freedom from our self destructive ways. The best possible solution to both global warming and high energy costs is one that enables true independence; perhaps with fuel from a common resource that often falls from the sky. True abundance is not clinging to an old ideal of what it is that you want, but being willing to try what you believe to be impossible. I am hoping our society will soon find this out.