The Global View

$7.7m for Arnie’s hydrogen highway

petrolpump2.jpgWith Arnie at the helm of California’s hydrogen highway, Greenbang thought it was time to look into this political history.

She did, and she found this quote from the man himself at a Republican convention:

“To those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say, Don’t be economic girlie men!”

Hmmm. He’s no Shakespeare is he? Well as least he’s got the hydrogen thing to fall back on.

This week, his gassy dreams are getting a helping hand from the Air Resources Board, with a $7.7 million fund up for grabs for teams who can help “construct and improve hydrogen-fueling stations in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas” to help increase the number of refuelling stations out there.

According to the board, “the new station will meet the stated environmental requirements, capacities and specifications… The new/upgraded station should begin operation on or about December 31, 2009, and remain operational for at least three years after re-commissioning. The contractor/operator is to provide reports during the entire three years of station operation. ARB will provide 50/50 matching funding for the design, construction, and operation of the hydrogen station as well as the upgraded station. ARB will have no ownership interest to the hydrogen station.”