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Biden is boosting hydrogen power production

US President Joe Biden is unveiling a $7bn (ยฃ5.7bn) investment in hydrogen hubs to combat climate change. So why are environmental groups sceptical? On a visit to Philadelphia on Friday, Mr Biden announced the creation of seven regional hubs from Pennsylvania to California to help replace fossil fuels with cleaner-burning hydrogen. The White House says the hubs, located in 16 states, will help cut carbon emissions equivalent to what more than 5.5 million gasoline-powered cars put into the air each year. The aim is to have the hubs produce around three million metric tons of hydrogen annually. Hydrogen has a lot of green potential. When burned, it does not release the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet.It is possible to make a cleaner type of hydrogen - often called green hydrogen - by using renewable energy. Wind turbines or solar panels can power electrolysers that split water into hydrogen and oxygen. But that is much more expensive than using natural gas - as much as two or three times as costly - so the industry is reluctant to do it. The environmental group Sierra Club only supports the use of green hydrogen and only under certain conditions. It says that most current hydrogen projects "lock us in to continued fossil fuel use". Some of the projects approved by Mr Biden promise to advance the use of green hydrogen, including the hub in California. Others, though, focus on "blue hydrogen", which is produced with natural gas. The companies using this method try to reduce the climate impact through carbon capture, which essentially locks up the warming gases released and either re-uses or stores them, often underground or under the sea. The idea is that this keeps the gases from reaching the atmosphere and from adding to the climate problem. The proposed Appalachian hub, covering parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, promises to take that route. But Sierra Club warns that carbon capture is not problem-free and could leak the potent warming gas methane into the atmosphere. And some scientific research has cast doubt on how much blue hydrogen can help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It suggests that the production of methane is a particular obstacle to treating blue hydrogen as a clean alternative to fossil fuels like oil and coal. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-67105363.amp

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    Great commitments towards fighting climate change.

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    • walter lungayi

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      Investing in hydrogen power production is a positive step towards combating climate change, but it is important to address the concerns of environmental groups to ensure that the production is truly sustainable and does not have any negative impacts on the environment.

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        • Edwin wangombe

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          President Biden is doing a good job kudos to him

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          • George Kariuki

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            Exemplary leadership from Joe Biden in matters clean energy production.

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              We Have No Time#Keep the pace Sir. Biden

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                • Joseph Githinji

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                  Good for Mr President for supporting clean energy transformation.

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                  • Elizabeth Gathigia

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                    A great initiative, fossil fuel will be a past history

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                    • MA Reen

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                      Amazing

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                      • CHRIS NGATIA

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                        Great work Biden

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