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Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

Location: Washington, DC



Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Chairman, I want to associate myself with the remarks of STEVE ISRAEL, as the aforementioned also members of the Hydrogen Caucus who have been so critical to promoting this legislation. But I especially want to thank Chairman PASTOR and especially his staff, Taunja Berquam, and also Joe Levin, who played an instrumental role in making sure that we got this important funding included in the bill.

Now, in Connecticut we pride ourselves as being the fuel-cell center. We have more than eight companies, three in my home district. But as STEVE ISRAEL pointed out--and I know Mr. Pastor knows this--the importance of being energy independent cuts to the core of what we need to do.

This is a technology that has been around for some time. We use it very successfully in NASA. We're able to power our space vehicles. We're able to use the water and be able to heat and cool and power our spacecraft. With that, can we get people back and forth to work and heat and cool our buildings? I think so.

The whole goal here is to make sure that we're able to embrace the most abundant element in the universe, which is hydrogen. If we expect to wean ourselves off of foreign dependency then we have to go with cutting edge technology.

Another young President in 1960 said we could put a man on the moon in 10 years. We did it in nine. Part of the technology in getting us there was hydrogen fuel cells.

It's long overdue for us to make the kind of investments in the public-private partnerships that Mr. Israel alluded to that are so essential to us moving this economy forward and making sure that we're no longer dependent upon OPEC countries, on Libya, on Venezuela or Russia for our source of fuel, but we make it here in America with American innovation and technology.

And with that, again, I thank Mr. Pastor for your leadership and your outstanding staff for providing us this opportunity, what I know is a bipartisan effort to move this Nation forward.


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