Bush Fuel Cell Goal Faces Roadblocks

Money, technology may hinder 20-year plan for hydrogen-powered cars, critics say.

Published: 04-Feb-2003

Some daunting technology problems stand in the way of the Bush administration's new goal of bringing hydrogen-powered cars into mainstream use within 20 years.

Most clean-energy advocates pushing for a "hydrogen economy" said they welcomed President Bush's call in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night for a $1.2 billion "Freedom Car" program.

The idea is to speed development of pollution-free vehicles running on hydrogen fuel cells. Bush made the project sound deceptively easy.

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