Hybrid technology is not a solution

A self-sufficient economy can form around hydrogen power like gasoline.

I must criticize the author of “The high cost of hybrids” and indirectly Hillary Clinton and, heck, the rest of the U.S. government.

It appears the author and I are equally as critical of Hillary Clinton as a candidate for president and her plan to require that the average economy of vehicles be 55 miles per gallon by 2050. In the article, the author focuses needlessly on those below or near the poverty line and how they cannot afford hybrid cars and insinuates that hybrid cars are the solution.

First of all, we don’t need hybrid technology to get 55 mpg out of an engine. We need to actually use new engine design technology.

Second of all, never mind their premium cost, hybrid cars are not the solution. What are we going to do with all the defunct battery cells from those cars in the coming years? What about the fact that even a car that gets 55 miles per gallon is still burping carbon into our atmosphere?

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are the most viable solution. The government shouldn’t be wasting its time arguing over miles per gallon increases and instead should be organizing to (smartly) pump money into American car companies like GM for encouraging the advancement of this technology, research universities studying the technology, as well as this country’s infrastructure to get hydrogen power off the ground.

The technology is developing. It takes money to speed the process along.

But a self-sufficient economy can form around hydrogen power just like gasoline (i.e., hydrogen power stations in lieu of today’s gas stations).

A country full of hybrid cars does reduce emissions but as we grow in population we’ll continue to burn expensive gasoline and further perpetuate global warming.

Nick Kilduff is a University graduate student. Please send comments to [email protected]