Gas supply crunch in US moderates hope for hydrogen

10/13/2003
Amid all the recent talk in Washington, DC, about natural gas, did anyone notice crust forming around the other fuel of the future?That, of course, would be hydrogen.In his state-of-the-union speech last January, US President George W. Bush proposed $1.2 billion in research funding "so that America can lead the world in developing clean, hydrogen-powered automobiles."Much of that research will have to address a big—some say insurmountable—problem with hydrogen, which is that it doesn't float freely about nature eager for marriage with oxygen in a fuel cell or combustion chamber.In fact, it floats around nature already married and to be made useful must be divorced from oxy...
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