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The hype over hydrogen is overdone

By Roger Harrabin   April 2011

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Whatever happened to the Great Hydrogen Economy proclaimed with such gusto by George W Bush in 2003? Hydrogen fuel cells, he promised, would help the US break free from the shackles of Gulf oil. A frisson of techno-excitement rippled round the developed world and Britain joined the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy along with China, Germany, France and Iceland, seeking to harness its geothermal power to produce the hydrogen.

It looked visionary and indeed it was. But it was also a strategy of…

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