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Europe and America, Partners (Sort of). Americans and Europeans are in disagreement over the future of hydrogen, which advocates believe will someday replace oil as the world’s main energy source. By Mark Landler. [New York Times: Science]
Many facets to the “disagreement,” apparently. Kyoto or not. Renewables or not. Fuel cells fast or fuel cells slower.
Europe’s more focused on hydrogen from renewable energy — Europe’s committed to 12% renewable energy, 22% remewable electricity, by 2010 — the US “more interested in extracting hydrogen from coal or through the use of nuclear power.” ( In the Bush administration’s energy bill, which is scheduled to be debated in the Senate this week, the coal and nuclear-power industries stand to gain far more money in subsidies than would be earmarked for research on renewable energy. Europe’s spending on renewable energy dwarfs that of the United States.).
US does lead on fuel cells. But does it once again run the risk of ceding yet another major industry to foreign competition? The stakes here are far higher than they were with VCRs.