Bush Boosting Hydrogen As Alternative Fuel

Cost of hydrogen now double the price of premium gasoline causing Bush to acknowledge that fuel cell cars are long-term goal.

Published: 25-May-2005

INGTON -- President Bush stared inquisitively down into the nozzle of a hydrogen fuel hose on Wednesday, then pumped the fuel into a blue compact car as he renewed his plea for Congress to pass a wide-ranging energy bill.

But with the cost of hydrogen double that of premium gasoline, even the president acknowledged that seeing today's children take their driver's tests in pollution-free cars is a long-term goal.

"This is the beginning of fantastic technology," Bush said at a Shell station in northeast Washington, the first retail hydrogen and gasoline fueling station in North America. "Hydrogen is the wave of the future. We're too dependent on foreign sources of energy."

Bush wants an energy bill, among other things, to support the future use of hydrogen instead of gasoline.

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