Freedom Car Plan Warrants Blinking Yellow Light

OpEd from Christian Science Monitor cautions that pulling plug on PNGV program may be the wrong thing to do.

Published: 13-Jan-2002

The Bush administration's decision to throw the resources of the federal government behind the development of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles warrants a blinking yellow light. Caution is in order.

The move has its visionary aspect. The administration is boosting a technology that in the next decade or so could replace the internal combustion engine, with its problems of pollution and reliance on oil. Greater government support for this line of research is welcome.

But it comes at an unnecessary cost. The administration also plans to pull the plug on the past 10 years of government-subsidized research into more fuel-efficient conventional cars. That program has had some success. Lighter materials have been developed and used in vehicles. Automakers have built concept cars that get 70 miles to the gallon.

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