By EV World
Hydrogen debaters, Dr Joseph Romm (left) and Dr. Daniel Sperling (right), Electric Drive Transportation Association executive director, Brian Wynne moderated the hour-long debate held between hurricanes in September 2004 at the association's conference in Orlando, Florida. Romm is a former administrator in the U.S. Energy Department and Sperling heads up the Institute for Transportation Studies at UC Davis.
Billed as one of the main events of the 2004 EDTA conference and exposition in Orlando, Florida, the Hydrogen Debate pitted one of the most vocal critics of hydrogen as a panacea for the world's energy future against one of academia's most respected proponents of hydrogen. Given the importance of the subject matter, EV World is making this article available to all our readers and listeners.
Dr. Joseph L. Romm is the author of "The Hype About Hydrogen" and the executive director of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions. He argues that if the goal of government is to seriously address the problem of global climate change, then there are faster, more cost-effective ways to achieve this than investing prematurely in hydrogen vehicle demonstration programs.
Presenting the case for hydrogen, Dr. Daniel Sperling, whose Institute for Transportation Studies received a $10 million US Energy Department grant in April of this year, argues that hydrogen can, in fact, replace petroleum as the clean fuel of the future, though it may several decades. This, he contends, is all the more reason why the amount of hydrogen research funding needs to be stepped up.
Sperling is the co-author, along with James Cannon, of The Hydrogen Energy Transition.
The EDTA graciously granted EV World permission to record and webcast the debate, which was held in the exhibit hall during the luncheon hour on September 23, 2004. Although we were able to take the signal directly off the audio control board, the acoustics of the hall were so lamentable -- not to mention an overly-sensitive microphone -- that the quality of the audio leaves a great deal to be desired; and for this we apologize to our listeners. However, we believe you'll find both Romm's and Sperling's remarks of sufficient value to be worth taking the time to listen to.
We have divided the more than hour-long debate into three sections: Romm's presentation, Sperling's presentation, and the rebuttal session. To listen to each speaker, click the play button on the Flash-based MP3 Player at the right, or download the files to your hard drive and play them on your favorite MP3 device. EV World extends its thanks to Brian Wynne and the EDTA for organizing the debate and granting us permission to share it at no cost with all our readers and listeners.
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