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The US wants to become a hydrogen production powerhouse

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One of the world’s first plants for green hydrogen production in Wesseling, Germany on July 2, 2021. | Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images

Increasing hydrogen fuel production is now a high priority for the Biden administration as it seeks to end fossil fuel pollution that causes climate change. The Energy Department wants to produce 10 million metric tons of “clean” hydrogen by 2030, according to a draft National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap released yesterday.

About 10 million metric tons of hydrogen are produced in the US each year, but most of it is “gray” hydrogen made from dirty natural gas. The shift involves pairing natural gas with controversial technologies that capture carbon dioxide emissions, as well as making more hydrogen using renewable energy sources and nuclear power.

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