Bush yesterday tried to deflect questions about
his environmental record by claiming that he supports
efforts to reduce America's fossil fuel usage
(1). He said he had "introduced ideas like a hydrogen-powered
automobile, put money behind it and research behind
it" so that so that we will be "less dependent
on foreign sources of energy" and we will "improve
the environment." But Bush's hydrogen-automobile
proposal is purposely engineered to be fossil
fuel dependent, and it is paid for by taking money
out of programs that are actually reducing fossil
Mother Jones reported, "the Bush Administration
has been working quietly to ensure that the system
used to produce hydrogen will be as fossil fuel-dependent
- and potentially as dirty - as the one that fuels
today's SUVs. According to the administration's
National Hydrogen Energy Roadmap, drafted last
year in concert with the energy industry, up to
90% of all hydrogen will be refined from oil,
natural gas, and other fossil fuels" (2). Such
a system, experts say, would effectively eliminate
most of the benefits offered by hydrogen because
the Bush plan's use of oil/coal/gas to create
fuel cells would generate large amounts of pollution.
Not surprisingly, such a system would insure the
massive profits of the energy industry, which
bankrolls Bush's campaign (3).
is, in part, paying for this fossil-fuel-based
program by stripping funding from programs that
are actually reducing fossil fuel use in America.
As AP reported, Bush moved money into his hydrogen
program at the same time he "ended an eight-year
program to help automakers develop high-mileage,
family size cars" such as the successful hybrids
now beginning to permeate the U.S. market (4).
Additionally, Bush proposed reducing "federal
funding for renewable energy and efficiency research
program by more than $200 million in 2002" (5).
1. President Bush Touts Benefits of Health Care
Information Technology, 04/27/2004, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=31607.
2. "Hydrogen's Dirty Secret", Mother Jones, May/June
3. OpenSecrets.Org, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=31609.
4. "Bush abandons high-mileage car program for
hydrogen fuel-cell approach", Environmental News
Network, 01/10/2002, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=31610.
5. "Proposed Bush Budget Cuts Renewables and Energy
Efficiency Programs", Resources for the Future,
Posted: May 2, 2004