Hydrogen: saviour or fatal distraction

Randerson, James
August 2004
New Scientist;8/21/2004, Vol. 183 Issue 2461, p12
Should developing a "hydrogen economy" be the number one priority for meeting long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse emissions? Or should there be an investment in more immediate ways to cut emissions, such as burying the carbon dioxide produced by fossil fuels? Energy experts are bitterly divided on the issue. John Turner of the United States Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, is a leading advocate of hydrogen. He argues that using renewable energy to generate hydrogen is the only "green" way to produce the energy to run cars and trucks.


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