Experts Brief Congress on Fuel Cell Future

Fuel cells and hydrogen may make little difference in reducing US oil consumption

Published: 12-Nov-2003

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- In the face of stalled negotiations on a comprehensive energy bill, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., told a meeting of congressional staffers, industry leaders and Washington insiders Wednesday that passing the legislation was a key step in advancing research on hydrogen fuel cells and other alternative energy sources as viable alternatives to fossil fuels.

"I hope we at least get a bill that generates enthusiasm," said Dominici, chairman of the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

The energy bill has been delayed by negotiations among Senate Republicans on such issues as the future of coal, nuclear power and energy conservation. Democrats were angered by the fact that they have been shut out of negotiations, and Vice President Cheney was forced to broker an 11th hour deal to restart talks.



blog comments powered by Disqus