Hydrogen Car Program Proposed

Freedom Fuel initiative proposed in State of the Union address.

Published: 29-Jan-2003

LE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 border=0> Denver Post Washington Bureau
- WASHINGTON - President Bush pressed his market-based approach to the environment Tuesday night, proposing a billion-dollar initiative to develop cars fueled by clean-burning hydrogen instead of gasoline.

"The first car driven by a child born today could be powered by hydrogen and pollution free," Bush said. "In this century, the greatest environmental progress will come about not through endless lawsuits or comand-and-control regulations, but through technology and innovation."

Bush, who has declined to press for higher fuel-mileage standards for automobiles, proposed $1.2 billion for the "Freedom Fuel" initiative to develop the technology needed to make hydrogen-powered vehicles commercially viable.

He also pressed Congress to relax environmental rules to remove the small trees and undergrowth from national forests that fuel wildfires. And he renewed his call for new air-pollution laws that allow industry to trade pollution credits.

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