Hydrogen Cars Highlight Debate Over Bush Energy Plan

Critics say hydrogen proposal smoke screen for doing nothing.

Published: 08-Feb-2003

WASHINGTON --The automakers brought their hydrogen-powered cars to Washington and President Bush marveled.

Suddenly hydrogen has become the center of a new, revived energy debate after Congress struggled for two years to enact a broad energy agenda for the nation - in the end failing - with hydrogen getting barely a mention.

After drawing attention to the potentials of hydrogen, which can power everything from cars to cell phones, in his State of the Union address, Bush said Thursday he considered his $1.5 billion hydrogen development plan a legacy for future generations and key to the nation's energy security.

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