(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- While the Biden administration purports to support “clean energy” initiatives and the President has proposed big-ticket legislation to “combat” climate change, in reality, the White House is promoting the development of an alternative energy source which, according to a new study, may pollute more than coal.
The so-called “blue hydrogen” which the Biden administration claims is a low-emissions alternative that could fuel trucking, shipping, aviation and even home heating is nothing more than a marketing term used by the fossil fuel industry in order to fit the qualifications required to be considered “clean hydrogen” in the new Senate “bipartisan” infrastructure bill.
It is given the name “blue” because of the process that separates the gas into two parts – hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide is captured and stored away ostensibly to prevent heating the planet. However, some of it escapes anyway. And the process to separate the gas also results in the incidental release of methane – that well-known culprit of greenhouse gases often associated with cow flatulence.
Additionally, the process to separate the gas requires a great deal of energy to do so.
In the end, the production of “blue hydrogen” actually creates 20 percent more greenhouse gases than coal. What’s more, when burned for heat, blue hydrogen creates 60 percent more pollutants than burning diesel.
These revelations came in a new paper published in the Energy Science & Engineering journal in which researchers exposed just how dirty this new “clean hydrogen” really is.
Robert Howarth, a scientist at Cornell University, who co-authored the paper with Stanford University researcher Mark Jacobson, told the UK Guardian that the results of their research was surprising. Howarth accuses the oil and gas industry of pulling a fast-one by coming up with the “blue hydrogen” term as nothing more than a marketing ploy.
In Howarth’s view, the federal government should not be spending money on an alternative fuel source that is “far from carbon free.”
The Hydrogen Council, a group formed by oil companies like BP, Total and Shell, say that hydrogen has a “key role” in the “global energy transition” to replace polluting fuels with clean alternatives.
However, since methane is a central target among those pushing for Climate Change initiatives, the future of “blue hydrogen” is far from certain.