What a Second Obama Term may mean for Hydrogen Convergence

By Zachary Alexander on

A lot of very serious people like to compare President Obama’s reelection campaign to that of President Bush. In fact, you can’t turn on a cable news show without hearing some so-called guru talk about how President Obama is taking a page out the Bush Playbook when it comes to Former Governor Romney.  We at the ebTDesign Forum suggest you consider the Bush Playbook when it comes to hydrogen convergence.

Right after “E-Business in the Hydrogen Economy,” members of the NVTC committee that hosted the event were alerted to the fact that there were going to be changes at the DOE and NIST. According to reliable sources, the Bush Administration would be curtailing support for hydrogen convergence in its second term. And essentially the hydrogen fuel cell program would be shut down at the federal level.

You and your peers could very easily make the case that these actions by the Bush Administration led to the decision made by Secretary Chu to defund hydrogen fuel cell vehicle research in 2009. All of the information used by Secretary Chu as justification for canceling hydrogen fuel cell vehicle funding came from 2005. Even though, the GSA asked the Department of Energy to update its assumptions in 2008.

A second term for the Obama Administration could be very good for hydrogen convergence. For example, Gary Flood (President and CEO of ReliOn) has been added to the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC). This appointment is widely seen a move to shore up the Obama Administration’s understanding of the challenges facing commercial fuel cell vendors.

Nothing is ever truly set in stone when it comes to politics. The GOP could take both Houses of Congress and continue their no new investment strategy. On the other hand, there is no dismissing the relationship between oil price increases and economic slowdowns. And there is no stopping the sustainability movement wide world. It is much like gravity. You ignore it at your peril.

Zachary Alexander