Today, a little reported initiative happened at the White House. President Barack Obama has changed his stance on battery electric vehicles and has signed the “Nationwide Hydrogen Highway Initiative” into law.
The new initiative will mandate that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Department of Energy (DOE) build up to 200,000 hydrogen fueling stations nationwide, not more than 5 miles apart in most regions.
The mandate will give subsidies of up to $2 million apiece for building a hydrogen fueling station from the ground up and up to $300,000 for adding a hydrogen pump to an existing gas station. It was stated that President Obama needed to “green up” his latest energy bill which calls for off-shore drilling, more coal and the building of additional nuclear power plants.
By adding wind, solar and hydrogen to this dirty energy bill it will help Congress sell it on Capitol Hill. President Obama is said to have changed his stance on battery electric vehicles being the future because of the short ranges and long recharging times for years to come. There are two words that come to mind when I think of this initiative including “April” and “fool’s”. This is just some wishful thinking on my part, so don’t take this seriously (for now).