Editorial - Combustive hazards

Concern about combustive hazards is slowing the urgently needed expansion of LNG-import capacity in the US. From the public, however, no comparable worry has yet emerged about an energy alternative for which popular hopes are very high: hydrogen. Hazards exist with hydrogen, nevertheless. That they have received little general attention so far while LNG fears influence events reveals much about US energy politics.Producers, transporters, and users have handled hydrogen and LNG safely for decades. The safety challenges will escalate, of course, as production scales up to make hydrogen a widespread vehicle fuel, as envisioned by the administration of US President George W. Bush, and as LNG ...

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