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Hydrogen Highway Idea Coolly Received

A libertarian think tank says Governor Schwarzenegger´s proposed “hydrogen highway” won´t cut nearly as much air pollution as he says it will.

Hydrogen itself is clean-burning.

But the Reason Foundation says the benefits are mostly offset by the air pollution created as hydrogen is manufactured and distributed.

Schwarzenegger is promising to build enough hydrogen fueling stations to jump-start the use of clean vehicles that use fuel cells instead of gasoline.

Proponents say making hydrogen will be more environmentally friendly if the fuel is made with clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind and biomass — instead of natural gas.

The foundation says the same benefits would come from more conservation, lower highway speeds and smaller cars.