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A visit to Iceland spurs dreams of a hydrogen future

A visit to Iceland spurs dreams of a hydrogen future | By Bill McKibben

It is incredibly moving to stand next to the pumps at the world’s first commercial hydrogen filling station. (In mid-June, the “Hydrogen Puffin,” a motorized tricycle, fueled up there for a circumnavigation of the island to draw attention to the new fuel’s possibilities.) The display signs from the E.U. consortium funding the project announce as obvious truth those axioms my own nation, the U.S., is still unwilling to hear: “Fossil-based fuels will eventually run out”; “Governments are under pressure to meet internationally agreed emissions targets.” You think: maybe this is doable. Maybe there really are some silver bullets out there that will help us wean ourselves off fossil fuels before it’s too late. And then you think some more.

Only Bill McKibben can find the cloud in every silver lining!


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