Is Bush's Fuel Cell Plan Hot Air?

Critics assail FreedomCAR program saying we still need energy-efficient vehicle standards. FreedomCAR budget to be part of the 2003 Federal Budget proposal.

Published: 23-Jan-2002

Earlier this month, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said the Bush administration is junking the existing plan to improve fuel efficiencies, and would instead focus on developing "hydrogen as a primary fuel for cars and trucks."

But while experts laud the positives in zero-emission fuel-cell vehicles, some of those same critics argue that the administration's plan bets heavily on technology of the future while paying little attention to the urgent need to reduce oil consumption now.

Some predict that the Bush plan would do nothing to stop America's increasing dependence on foreign oil for at least a decade, probably more.

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