Democrats Call Bush Plan for Hydrogen Fuel a Diversion

Fuel cell industry positive about FreedomFuel initiative, but critics skeptical.

Published: 07-Feb-2003

WASHINGTON -- Hydrogen cars are decades away for the average family, but they are fueling a political debate now over energy.

President Bush is calling for stepped-up research into hydrogen development, but some Democrats say he is just trying to divert attention from criticism of his short-term oil policies.

After drawing wide attention to the potentials of hydrogen as a fuel in his State of the Union Address, Bush yesterday urged Congress to approve his $1.5 billion hydrogen development proposals as ''a legacy'' for future generations.

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