Raining on the Environmentalist Parade

NCPPR executive director David Almasi rains once again on the environmentalists’ parade:

In his 2003 State of the Union Address, President Bush promised $1.7 billion in funds to develop hydrogen fuel cell technology. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham envisioned “a world where our pollution problems are solved.”

Not so fast! It could cause… global warming!

Atmospheric scientist Yuk Yung contributed an article to Science magazine warning that the large-scale integration of hydrogen-powered equipment would lead to the inevitable release of hydrogen into the environment. This could lead to a cooling of the stratosphere, a warming of the climate in general and an increase in the size of holes in the ozone layer.

Before we trundle off down a new path looking for that elusive energy source that it clean, cheap and does windows, let’s look at what we’ve got. Nuclear power, for instance. And domestic fossil fuels in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Both are obtainable and can’t yet be proven to cause global warming (honest!).

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