Gasoline is a means of transferring energy at a huge loss. It has to go through a hundred different channels so your engine powers your wheels to roll you down the road instead of exploding on contact and sending your charred remains to its final destination.
And, current technology still makes us discard about 60% of its energy. Still, it's the easiest source of portable power we have yet developed.
You know what is forever lost? Fossil fuels. Once all the dinosaurs are burnt up, you'll be Fred Flinstoning it anywhere you want to go. If you can breathe, though, because another thing that's NOT lost forever is the emissions from billions of cars around the globe.
I'm not so sure our hydrocarbon supplies are fossil-based. We have no idea how this planet runs itself.
Oh, and by the way, hydrogen is literally the most abundant element in the entire universe. There weren't enough dinosaurs around to pilot the whole planet indefinitely, but hydrogen sure as heck has a better shot.
It's abundant, but it's bound. And to get it out where we can use it requires energy, which is not fully recovered by recombining it back to something like water.
Have your seen any of the shows about thorium?
The pumps are probably in the same place they were when horses were standard and some old guy in a village said "MODEL T?! T FOR TERRIBLE!! I CAN'T POWER IT WITH HAY AND WHIPS, THE AUTOMAJIGGER WILL NEVER WORK."
They were right about that. And if you've ever tried driving a T, you'd realize the Terrible moniker is well-deserved. As for horses, well, we'll show you emissions.
Your comical asides are usually funny and warranted. This was not one of those times.
I'm not sure we need to mention warrants.... But I just can't see hydrogen being viable (and no, the Hindenburg loss was not from hydrogen "dangers").
Don't worry, you'll have a gas-powered car with a combustion engine until the day you leave this planet. Your grandkids, if you have any, might not be able to breathe, though. Probably worth it.
I'm not a parent. I've remained obscure. But I don't care what moves my car, so long as I have one I can move around with- and not one that's doing the driving for me.
The sad part is that it doesn't matter what we think, nor what we want. Whatever "The Machine" is, will do what it wants, and what "It" mostly wants is power and profit. It's terribly disheartening to realize we're a bit below ants, but here we are.
I've never seen a full equation for the hydrogen problem. Sure, it's a swell fuel, but they never go upstream from the nozzle and show how that supply was derived. It will remain an asterisk in the energy-quest paragraph.