Hydrogen Cars Still Decades Off

Tim at The Future is Green point us to an article that claims the “hydrogen economy” may be even further in the future than recently thought. This is a problem since the White House has put all of its eggs in the hydrogen basket, and Congress has bitten and provided big R&D money to hydrogen research at the expense of energy conservation and hybrid technology. Among the difficulties that have to be overcome: the need for platinum for fuel cells, and the perceived need for a new generation of nuclear reactors to produce hydrogen. Dan Becker of the Sierra Club sums up the larger problem nicely: “We don’t object to using R&D to do either basic research or research into something that may be in the distance,… What we object to is failing to do something now and using the R&D as a shield against doing something responsible today.”

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