Hydrogen: A Challenge of American Ingenuity

Opinion pieces sees positives in hydrogen pathway.

Published: 28-Feb-2003

By J.J. Johnson

There seems to be a growing trend among those on the right, that if you don't agree with them you must be on the left. The case here is over Bush's recent State of the Union proposal to spend $1.7 billion to promote hydrogen fueled cars. Since it seems to some like a 'green' move, the conservatives naturally speak out against it. Fact is, it's a great idea. Those who oppose the President's proposals are doing so for the wrong reason.

David Morris, vice-president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, wrote in the Santa Fe New Mexican that "an aggressive pursuit of a hydrogen economy is wrongheaded and shortsighted. He's right, but only if you look toward our government to make it all happen. Alan Caruba, a columnist for The Sierra Times recently stated that "over the last twenty-five years, the government has spent $1.2 billion on fuel cell research and development. "Automakers have already spent millions to no avail," Caruba wrote. "The simple fact is that it still costs far more money to extract hydrogen, breaking its molecule away from others in order to use it to create energy. This is a bad idea. "

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