Electric Hybrids Can Help Cut Oil Use

The next generation of hybrids ramps up the efficiency even further by reintroducing that marvel of technology, the extension cord.

Published: 21-Aug-2006

Like many Americans, I was thrilled to hear President Bush tout hydrogen fuel cells in his January State of the Union address.

At the time, I did not realize this famous "addicted to oil" speech was less an honest commitment to the environment than a bone thrown to Big Oil.

The reason is that implementable hydrogen technology, as promising and clean as it is, remains at least another 20 years down the renewables road. That is another two decades for Exxon Mobil and others to reap massive profit margins and two decades of spiking carbon-dioxide emissions. This, at a time when many climate scientists say we have about 10 years in which to radically mend our carbon-gobbling ways.

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