Watching Government: Hydrogen power

President George W. Bush's state of the union speech to Congress last month highlighted what the White House says is a key domestic policy issue: reducing foreign oil dependence.Underscoring that goal is a White House plan to fund a $1.2 billion, 5-year hydrogen research plan dubbed "Freedom Fuel" (OGJ Online, Jan. 29, 2003). White House officials say that if hydrogen power is developed to its full potential, US oil demand could fall by over 11 million b/d by 2040.The White House's hydrogen initiative has been largely lauded by industry; they say it is forward-thinking and practical. Most mainstream environmental groups, however, say policymakers should take more immediate steps ...

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