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Nuclear Power Policy Activist, Independent

I am a passionate advocate for the environment and nuclear energy. With the threat of climate change, I’ve embarked on a mission to help overcome the fears of nuclear energy. I’ve been active in...

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"Reasonable minds may differ on the question of whether hydrogen fuel cells have a place in the clean-energy future. However, it’s a fact that the fossil fuel giants have been heavily hyping hydrogen, and it’s not hard to see why, as the vast majority of hydrogen is currently produced from natural gas.

Oil companies (which now want to be known as 'energy companies') are keen to be seen as green these days. ShellBP and Total are investing large sums in EV infrastructure, at all levels of the charging value chain. They also present their hydrogen business as a tool to reduce carbon emissions. However, recent comments by an oil industry lobbyist concerning the industry’s efforts to undermine climate regulations indicate that Big Oil’s double-dealing strategy—butterflies and grandchildren for the press, lobbyists and campaign cash for policymakers—hasn’t changed.

Michael Liebreich, the founder of BloombergNEF, presents some new thoughts about the issue in a recent interview published in Recharge.

Liebreich (who is no tree-hugging liberal, but a pro-business supporter of the UK Conservative Party, and an advisor to Norwegian oil giant Equinor) isn’t against hydrogen per se, but he believes (as do many in the clean energy field) that it makes sense only in certain use cases.

'In an attempt to guide governments and industry players away from the [oil industry-sponsored] spin, Liebreich has created what he calls his Hydrogen Ladder, a simple chart showing which use cases for H2 are uncompetitive, which are unavoidable for decarbonization, and which sit somewhere in the middle,' writes Recharge’s Leigh Collins."

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Tariq Siddiqui on Jul 7, 2021

Read Arthur Hailey’s ‘Overload’ second time this week after 40 years and realized the story hasn’t changed much. Coal, oil, natural gas, geothermal, nuclear, wind and solar! Only hydrogen is a new theme! The lobbyist and politicians are all the same! The pathways of energy transition and the speed of transition may differ but inevitable change is unstoppable. Like a coin or a picture each option has two sides and need to be carefully balanced and managed! Even the wind and solar, the bedrock of clean renewable energy have severe environmental problems not yet fully sized or understood ! When I see a battery parks each battery a container sized, down the road it will be a huge environmental challenge to dispose them, just like oil & gas or nuclear ☢️ with its waste disposal issues! To say the Big Oil is deliberately slowing electrification would be a bit of red herring!

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Bob Meinetz on Jul 8, 2021

Tariq, I think you'll find the waste disposal issues of nuclear energy are greatly exaggerated.

Stop Letting Your Ridiculous Fears Of Nuclear Waste Kill The Planet

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