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In 2010, when I wrote my first book: “Renewable Energy–Facts and Fantasies,” I wanted a chapter on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, and so I turned to the local expert on the subject, Honda’s Steve Ellis.  Steve was anxious to promote his “baby,” the Honda FCX Clarity, and he figured that my book was as good a place as any to make that happen.

Yet I wasn’t convinced that hydrogen had a future, due largely to the lack of fueling infrastructure.  Where battery EV owners can unplug their toasters and plug in their cars, this is anything but the case with hydrogen.

And now, not to boast, but my prediction has come true: hydrogen-fueled cars are flailing in the market.  From Bloomberg:

Despite billions of dollars of investment, fuel cell cars in the US are disappearing in the rearview mirror, overtaken by battery-electric models and stalled by hydrogen shortages and soaring fuel prices. Last year, drivers bought just 3,143 hydrogen cars in California — the only state that sells them — compared with 380,000 BEVs.

Hydrogen’s proponents aren’t throwing in the towel. Toyota and Hyundai are pushing fuel cell models, albeit at heavy discounts, and Honda just announced a hydrogen hybrid version of its best-selling CR-V. California continues to build new infrastructure. But for drivers and would-be car buyers, the practical experience of going hydrogen-electric is bad and getting worse.

My suspicion, and it’s not an original idea, is that the fossil fuel industry has been using hydrogen as a red herring for the last half century.  The oil embargo in the 1970s created an imperative for an alternative to petroleum, then Big Oil (without any sincerity whatsoever), immediately began promoting its “commitment” to the “hydrogen economy.”  Now, 50 years later, check out your social media feed and what ExxonMobil claims to be doing in this space.

It’s nauseating. In terms of honesty and decency, these people make Donald Trump look like Mahatma Gandhi.

Finally, the Death of Hydrogen?

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Creating Laws to Prevent Crimes that Do Not Exist

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Sadly, there are American voters–lots of them–who believe what they want to belief, despite all evidence to the contrary.

A good example is that a law already exists that prohibits non-citizens from voting.  And it’s not  some obscure law like those concerning jaywalking or spitting on a sidewalk.  It’s the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Yet we have the Republican Speaker of the House stirring our country’s most ignorant people into an uproar over this point.  Most of the folks are no more familiar with the Constitution than they are with the procedures of open-heart surgery or sending rockets into space, and the Speaker knows this goddamn well.

If you need another reason to believe this, Johnson is an utterly disgusting human being.

Creating Laws to Prevent Crimes that Do Not Exist

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Respect for Nikki Haley

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It’s hard to respect anyone whose viewpoints on social issues goes from white to black in the blink of an eye, simply to attain political power.

When Haley with a U.S. representative in Hawaii, she was a liberal–on everything from women’s rights to environmental responsibility to the duty of government to help those least capable of helping themselves.

A few years later she’s a garden-variety Trump supporter?

That’s just disgusting.

Respect for Nikki Haley

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The Cult of Trump

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If we look up the word “cult,” we find many different meanings, most of which are pejorative.  Here are two good examples:

a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.  “a network of Satan-worshiping cults”

a group which is typically led by a charismatic and self-appointed leader, who tightly controls its members, requiring unwavering devotion to a set of beliefs and practices which are considered deviant (outside the norms of society)

As suggested by the meme here, once you’re a member of one of these groups, you’ve proven that you’re susceptible to this type of thinking, making you an easy target for another cult membership.

The Cult of Trump

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