Waterfall Environmental Science, Eighth Edition
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Chapter 15: Foundations of a Sustainable Energy System: Conservation and Renewable Energy

The Debate over Hydrogen Energy
In the Point/Counterpoint in Chapter 15, Richard Engel and Dominic Crea debated whether hydrogen fuel is the best source of energy for the future. In the text, I asked you to summarize their views and consider which view most closely relates to your view on the subject. To explore the issue further, we invite you to check out the Web sites listed below. As you examine each site, be certain to identify who is providing the information and any hidden agendas they might have. The questions posed below will help you evaluate the Web sites and clarify your own opinion. Spend a few minutes reviewing them before you start reading the information posted at these sites. Furthering the Exploration: To help you evaluate the Web sites and clarify your own opinion, write down your answers to the following questions. Taking an active part in this exercise will help you prepare for discussions in and out of your class.

1. What new facts, ideas, and viewpoints, if any, did these Web sites provide for you? How did they further your understanding of this issue? Be specific.

2. Did your examination and analysis of the material affect your support of one of the two viewpoints presented in the text? If so, explain how and why.

3. After reading the material, can you think of an alternative position other than those taken by the authors? Explain it.

4. Do you think that the information provided by all organizations and individuals at the Web sites you visited was reliable and unbiased? How much of the information was scientific? How much was each viewpoint based on ethics?
U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Program
The U.S. Department of Energy calls hydrogen fuel cells "an important part of the comprehensive and balanced technology portfolio needed to address the nation's two most important energy challenges—significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions and ending our dependence on imported oil."
United States Council for Automotive Research
USCAR is an industry group that promotes "collaborative research among Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation." USCAR supports the development of both fuel cells and advanced batteries for use in hybrid-electric and fuel cell vehicles.
Tesla Motors
Tesla Motors produces high-end cars that run solely on electricity. The cars currently run on lithium-ion batteries, and the makers say their vehicles are more efficient than hydrogen-powered cars would be. Read about their technology—and their justifications for it—at this Web site.
This site, run by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, lists some of the current challenges to the implementation of hydrogen fuel cells in automobiles.

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