Opinion: Houston can lead ‘Earthshot’ to cheap, clean hydrogen

September 20, 2021

President John F. Kennedy delivered a bold vision in his historic Moonshot speech in Houston, 59 years ago this month:

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

Given our current turmoils we need to find similar inspiration to achieve great things in our own time. In Houston, our inspiration should be to transform energy, the area in which we’re globally recognized, and address climate change.

Last June, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm made Houston her first visit outside the nation’s capital because she recognized the unique role our region can play in leading the energy transition.

The week following that visit, she announced her own Kennedyesque vision: an “Earthshot” to address climate change through new ambitious targets. The first is to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80 percent to $1 per kilogram in one decade. And to deploy it on a grand scale.

At the Center for Houston’s Future, we believe that these events were no mere coincidence. As Granholm well understands, the world’s energy capital must answer her call if the country is to achieve this ambitious climate vision.

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