Is hydrogen California’s zero-emissions solution?

November 18, 2021

Two decades ago, had someone asked farsighted advocates for decarbonizing the economy when they would know their goal was within sight, their answer might have been something like this: When ExxonMobil buys into it.

To be sure, that is a glib response, but it underscores the reality that a true energy revolution cannot take place until government policies, public commitment and economic incentives have become strong enough to force transformative change.

That day is at our doorstep. Around the globe, responding to zero-carbon targets and investor concern about the long-term viability of fossil fuels, major oil companies including Shell, BP and, yes, ExxonMobil, are investing as never before in the development of hydrogen – a fuel that is essential to scale up clean energy production to meet global demand in the industrial and transportation sectors.

It is a welcome development, and one that public policy must continue to push forward through actions that will motivate sustained private investment. In California, for instance, there is an opportunity next year in the state’s Clean Transportation Program to make a meaningful commitment to expand hydrogen fueling stations.

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