1979, a documentary entitled "Fire in the Water"
was aired on national television. It presented a vision of
the opportunity of hydrogen energy. In that documentary, Derek
Gregory, then a vice president at the Institute of Gas Technology
and one of the earliest hydrogen pioneers, said,
is an option that we have to keep open, an option that we
have to work on, and I think that our next generation could
very likely be using hydrogen in a safe and economic way."
has been more than twenty years since that early optimism
for hydrogen. We've seen major technical developments in renewable
energy and fuel cells. Clean, safe, efficient hydrogen vehicles
and fuel cells are being demonstrated around the world --
but the hydrogen option is still considered by many to be
far in the future.
1980 at a conference in Riverside, California, then Congressman
Charles Grassley of Iowa said the reason that the federal
government was not supporting the development of this option
was that hydrogen did not have a political constituency.
1995, William Hoagland and Geoffrey Holland enlisted a number
of prominent scientific professionals and members of the media
industry and created Hydrogen 2000, Inc. Its mission is to
build constituencies for a transition to a sustainable energy
economy that will eliminate the major sources of air and water
pollution, greenhouse gases, and environmental degradation.
This unique partnership of scientific and media experts is
proving an effective way to educate the public and build support
for these issues.
2000, Inc. is a nonprofit organization. Our ten-member board
of directors and more than twenty technical and media advisors
share the belief that hydrogen should be considered as a fuel
of choice for the 21st century, because it's clean, sustainable,
and may be produced from a variety of energy resources
it will simply be better than what we now have.