Hydrogen -- Infrastructure (Tom Harkin, U.S. Senator (D))
What should government be doing to prepare for the future of energy? Listen in on Senator Harkin's position.
Transcript: Hydrogen -- Infrastructure
We need a national effort to build the infrastructure to handle hydrogen. The problem is now we have an infrastructure for gasoline. We have gasoline stations and all that kind of stuff and we have an infrastructure for natural gas. We have natural gas pipelines all over America. We have oil pipelines that pump diesel oil and things like that all over America. The problem is that infrastructure is there, a lot of that the government helped build I might add. We need to start building an infrastructure for hydrogen. I've seen one estimate that said that in the next ten years and with 100 billion dollars, we could have an infrastructure for hydrogen that could supply most of the motor fuel needs for the future. I know 100 billion dollars sounds like a lot of money, but we just passed in congress a 1.3 trillion dollar tax cut, most of which went to upper income. I said before, why didn't we take some of that and start helping build this infrastructure for the future of our country? I could see a time, if we had the leadership in this country, I could see a time where you would have a choice. You could take a car that had an electric motor, and you could pull into a gas station, and fill your car up with hydrogen. Drive that car away and be totally non-polluting. The only thing that would come out of the tail pipe would be water. Water so pure you could actually drink it. We could do that in the next 10 to 15 years.