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Unformatted text preview: enges involved in developing a hydrogen economy, see the BACAS37 [50] report. 289 Last printed 9/4/2009 7:00:00 PM Oil DDW 2012 1 Hydrogen energy is still based on dirty fossil fuels Bromley, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the Open University, UK, et al., 06 Simon Bromley, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the Open University, UK, et al., · Joshua Busby Nils Duquet · Leben Nelson Moro, 5-06, [“Climate Change and Collective Action: Troubles in the Transition to a Post-Oil Economy,” St Antony’s International Review The International Politics of Oil, http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/faculty/busby/wpcontent/uploads/busby_stair_2_1.pdf] E. Liu The much vaunted hydrogen economy remains decades away from commercial viability. Even if costs are brought down, there are other issues, not least of which is the source of energy required to produce hydrogen.10 Hydrogen’s energy source is likely to come from other fossils fuels, such as natural gas or coal , the latter requiring some means of carbon sequestration for hydrogen to contribute to an economy of no net carbon emissions. Moreover, a hydrogen economy will also require an expensive transformation in the infrastructure for refuelling vehicles.11 Biofuels from cellulosic feedstocks (from corn, switchgrass and other plant material) offer some possibilities for short to medium-run substitution of fossil fuels without radical restructuring of automotive technology or fuel infrastructure.12 Nevertheless, petroleum will remain the primary transportation fuel for decades. 290 Oil DDW 2012 1 No Transition 291 Last printed 9/4/2009 7:00:00 PM Oil DDW 2012 1 They underestimate costs of transition – Moving to an oil-less world is without precedent Bromley, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the Open University, UK, et al., 06 Simon Bromley, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the Open University, UK, et al., · Joshua Busby Nils Duquet · Leben Nelson Moro, 5-06, [“Climate Change and Collective Action: Troubles in the Transition to a Post-Oil Economy,” St Antony’s International Review The International Politics of Oil, http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/faculty/busby/wpcontent/uploads/busby_stair_2_1.pdf] E. Liu Advocates of climate mitigation often talk about efforts to limit greenhouse gases as if they were analogous to domestic pollution control and downplay the transition costs to a non-fossil fuel based economy.28 They note that industry typically overstates the costs of implementing new pollution control agreements, only to discover the costs are significantly less than had been anticipated. While this is likely to be true for some aspects of climate mitigation, the orchestrated movement away from petroleum , for geo-strategic or environmental reasons, to a more benign alternative is without precedent in the history of international collective action . As Victor has noted, ‘To understand the magnitude of the task, imagine your day without fossil fuels. No car ; no electricity in most of the country; no air tr...
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