Hydrogen: A Lot of Hot Air?

Author Darryl McMahon writes that a workable form of this alternative fuel is probably 50 years away. While the technology for vehicles might be ready sooner, development of the infrastructure is lagging.

Published: 09-Jan-2007

Darryl McMahon and Arnold Schwarzenegger are at loggerheads.

Should they meet at a cocktail party and were a discussion to ensue about the use of hydrogen as an alternative energy source - as it surely would, given both men's commitment to reducing society's dependence on fossil fuels - canapes would fly.

Whereas the governor of California is a huge proponent of the hydrogen economy - right down to his 2003 election promise, win or lose, to convert one of his Hummers to hydrogen power - McMahon is on to him and says that the ballyhoo at a 2004 news conference, at which a hydrogen-powered Hummer H2 was unveiled, was mostly poppycock.

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