Saturday, May 9, 2009

Obama Nix Funding for Hydrogen Fuel Cars

NY Times:

WASHINGTON — Cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells, once hailed by President George W. Bush as a pollution-free solution for reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, will not be practical over the next 10 to 20 years, the energy secretary said Thursday, and the government will cut off funds for the vehicles’ development.

Developing those cells and coming up with a way to transport the hydrogen is a big challenge, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in releasing energy-related details of the administration’s budget for the year beginning Oct. 1. Dr. Chu said the government preferred to focus on projects that would bear fruit more quickly.

I wonder why Obama decided to nix funding for Hydrogen Fuel Cells? It emits no carbon emission, pollution free, and its final product is safe for the atmosphere. I am baffled. Is it because former President Bush stated that the first car driven by a child born today will be powered by hydrogen? Is the hatred for the Bush Administration a sore point for Obama? I wonder how will our carbon free car will be driven. Probably, Obama will tap wind and solar. But Energy Secretary Chu said the Obama Administration will research into stationary fuel cells, which is hyped-up plugged in battery, to run our automobiles. Well, I hate to burst the bubble, but we have tried it already many years ago and it flopped. It is still a good idea, but where is the new innovation that we were promised. Honestly, it is the same old crap dressed up.