Hydrogen should evolve naturally into energy role

While mostly a call to arms, the state of the union address Jan. 28 by US President George W. Bush contained an energy clinker.After promising "spending discipline," Bush proposed a list of expenditures including $1.2 billion for research of hydrogen-powered vehicles. New funding would total $720 million over 5 years.The spending would support a transition that most energy analysts see as inevitable: from energy based on hydrocarbons to energy based on hydrogen. So why burden taxpayers with the cost of an evolution rooted in nature and economics?The official answer, from Bush's speech: … To make our air significantly cleaner and our country much less dependent on foreign sources...

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