When it comes to Washington DC politics it’s not always clear whether the dog is wagging the tail or the tail is wagging the dog. Such is the case with hydrogen. Recently I talked about how President Obama once again has proposed to slash the hydrogen budget by $70 million through the Department of Energy (DOE). But until this time comes the DOE has other plans.
In the meantime, the DOE has helped both the Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs rollout Ford F450 hydrogen shuttle buses. These 9-passenger shuttle buses will ferry passengers around the respective campuses all the while promoting hydrogen vehicles as the rides of the future.
In a related story, the DOE has underwritten the costs for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to purchase 18 additional Nuvera fuel cell powered forklifts. The hydrogen FCVs will replace battery only models and join another 20 fuel cell forklift previously purchased for use around the 1.5 million square foot Susquehanna Defense Distribution Supply Depot in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.
Now, when it comes to politics voters are used to politicians talking out both sides of their mouths. But, hydrogen and the other alternative energy resources are not political by nature. Bipartisan support needs to be given to all forms of alternative energy in order than this country may one day soon wean itself off of oil.
When President Bush was in office he promoted hydrogen, for whatever his reasons were. Now that Obama is in office, he is downgrading the importance of hydrogen and one has to wonder if he has decided that hydrogen is a political football that needs to be punted by political pundits punishing along party lines.
But, I am here to say that hydrogen is not political. It is pragmatic. In order to wean ourselves off foreign oil and clean up our environment, hydrogen will need a place at the table of future energy and an important place at that.