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House Resources Committee Chairman criticizes Bush's Energy Bill (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 04:03 PM
One of the key sections in Bush's energy bill being pushed has struck a nerve with House Resources Committee Chairman, Richard Pombo, R-California (who was a major pusher for drilling for oil in the Alaska refuge). The push for advancement in fuel cell use, especially in cars, is a focal point in the energy bill.
House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, R-California, a key proponent of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, whispered, "This is bulls--t," to House Majority Whip Roy Blunt as the two men stood listening to Rep. John Doolittle, R-California, talk about the benefits of hydrogen fuel at a crowded Capitol Hill news conference.

"It's not a short-term solution because we just don't have the technology to produce it," he said, adding that the promised hydrogen-powered vehicles are "multimillion-dollar prototypes that nobody's going to buy."

He said, "They're just not done economically that the average person can afford them. Hopefully, if this stuff all works, 10 years from now they'll be able to produce them."

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I understand that hydrogen powered vehicles will be costly to get up and running, and are not an immediate solution to the energy crisis. But, neither is drilling for oil in Alaska. Just like the idea that hydrogen powered cars are approx 10 years away from being mainstream, so is the oil that will be pumped from Alaska's refuge. So, why blow off the need to boost the advancement of alternate fuel sources just because they do not offer an immediate solution? Probably because they threaten the energy monopolies that are running the country right now.

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[edit on 21-4-2005 by mpeake]

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