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What are people saying about hydrogen and fuel cells?

President Bush

Remarks by the President at State of the Union Address - January 28, 2003

Photo of President Bush speaking at the State of the Union Address, January 28, 2003

"Tonight I am proposing $1.2 billion in research funding so that America can lead the world in developing clean, hydrogen-powered automobiles."

"A simple chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen generates energy, which can be used to power a car producing only water, not exhaust fumes. With a new national commitment, our scientists and engineers will overcome obstacles to taking these cars from laboratory to showroom so that the first car driven by a child born today could be powered by hydrogen, and pollution-free. Join me in this important innovation to make our air significantly cleaner, and our country much less dependent on foreign sources of energy."

Remarks by the President on Tax Day Cedar Rapids, Iowa - April 15, 2002

. . . We must do a better job of developing alternative uses of energy . . . I believe that within my lifetime and the lifetime of others there, we'll be driving hydrogen powered cars and trucks; the technology . . . will enable us to keep our air clean . . . [and] make us less dependent on foreign sources of energy.

Remarks by the President on Energy Efficiency, The South Lawn - February 25, 2002

Photo of President Bush speaking with UTC Fuel Cells President, Bill Miller (retired), at an event on the South Lawn

President Bush and UTC Fuel Cells President, Bill Miller (retired), at an event on the South Lawn on February 25, 2002

We happen to believe that fuel cells are the wave of the future; that fuel cells offer incredible opportunity. Now, [there are] a lot of obstacles that must be overcome in order to make fuel cells economically viable. And, therefore, we're promoting more research and development. In January, Secretary Abraham announced a $150 million FreedomCAR plan, focused on development of fuel cell technologies that run on hydrogen . . . [the] only emission is water vapor.

Imagine when that technology comes into being. Imagine how less dependent America will be on foreign sources of energy, and how . . . easy it'll be to clean up our air . . . But we need to have a focused effort to bring fuel cells to market, and that's exactly what my Administration is dedicated to do.

Industry Leaders

Rick Wagoner, President and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Corporation

Remarks at the North American International Auto Show - January 6, 2003
Looking at the long-term picture, we believe the hydrogen fuel cell is the big answer. Last year at this show, we introduced the GM AUTOnomy concept vehicle. By combining fuel cell and by-wire technology, Autonomy offered a vision of the future, and the incredible potential of fuel-cell propulsion. At that time, we said that our next major benchmark in fuel-cell development would be to build a drivable version of the Autonomy by the end of 2002. And we delivered on that promise in September, at the Paris Motor Show, when we unveiled the GM Hy-wire. And this year, our commitment to fuel-cell technology continues unabated, with our primary focus being on major cost reduction, to hasten the day when fuel cell vehicles will be available to the public.

Prof. Jürgen Hubbert, member of the DaimlerChrysler Board of Management Stuttgart, Germany - Oct 07, 2002

The fuel cell technology gives us the opportunity to bring mobility together with environmental compatibility and so make a major contribution to society. To enable the fuel cell to go on the market in the foreseeable future, most importantly the fuel and infrastructure issues must be clarified in a worldwide initiative, jointly with the political community, the mineral oil industry and the energy sector. But development engineers, too, still face numerous challenges, referring mainly to the further reduction of weight and cost and the improvement of reliability and durability. In this field, manufacturers should cooperate more intensively so as to promote the breakthrough of this key technology.

Phil Watts, Chairman, Royal Dutch/Shell October 2001

One thing I am convinced of is that the next 50 years is not going to be more of the same. We could see an evolutionary progression . . . from coal to gas, to renewables. . . .

William Clay Ford, Jr., Chairman, Ford Motor Company October 2000

I believe fuel cells will finally end the 100-year reign of the internal combustion engine.

Harry Pearce, former Vice President, General Motors

Remarks at the North American International Auto Show, January 2000
It was the Department of Energy that took fuel cells from the aerospace industry to the automotive industry, and they should receive a lot of credit for bringing it to us.

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