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Government Policies

Backing U.S. Congress’s mandate for a hydrogen economy blueprint, the U.S. Department of Energy is quoted, "One of the primary goals of the DOE hydrogen program is to ensure that partnerships with industry members help to develop and deploy safe, environmentally friendly systems for transportation, heating, cooling, electricity generation, and other appropriate energy and fuel uses."

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado states, "The vision is staggering: a society powered almost entirely by hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe . . . The overall goal of DOE’s hydrogen program is to replace two to four quads of conventional energy with hydrogen by the year 2010 and replace ten quads per year by 2030. A quad is the amount of energy consumed by one million households."

Nevertheless, there are few government incentives to progress the hydrogen economy. Hydrogen Now! aims to help educate the public to demand hydrogen and accelerate the pace of governmental support.

Several governments, outside of the U.S., such as Iceland, Japan, Germany, and Canada, have made strong commitments to developing the hydrogen economy for their countries.


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