“The Annual Energy Outlook 2003” from the Energy Information Administration indicates an annual petroleum consumption of 38.5 quads with 25.7 quads imported. The transportation sector uses 26 quads, or 67% of the total. No other sector (residential, commercial or industrial) of our society has this level of dependence on petroleum. Electric power generation, for example, has less than 5% of its output dependent on petroleum. Recent energy policy has focused hydrogen as the next generation transportation fuel. Will this alternative stand technical scrutiny? What are the options? Do those of us laboring in the technology vineyard have a responsibility to speak out publicly on these options?

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