Hydrogen reappears as a fuel of the day on US political menu

Has hydrogen reemerged as a fuel of the day in American politics? The administration of President George W. Bush savored hydrogen. The world is loaded with the stuff. It produces only water vapor when burned or oxidized in fuel cells. But it made the administration of Barack Obama gag. Soon after Obama became president, Sec. of Energy Steven Chu began cutting budgets for hydrogen research. Chu thought problems of hydrogen production, storage, and infrastructure loomed too large to be overcome quickly. He favored electricity generated from solar energy and wind. Now the energy secretary's view might be changing. In May, Chu met with a subcommittee of a Department of Energy advisory group d...

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