The Hydrogen Hub Development Act was tabled on Thursday by a 6-4 vote during its first committee hearing after about six hours of discussion.
The bill, which is backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, would create tax incentives for hydrogen projects in New Mexico as well as laying the groundwork for state-authorized hydrogen hubs.
About three quarters of the hundreds of members of the public who spoke at the committee meeting opposed the bill. Opponents called it a hand out to the oil and gas industry and described the bill as “greenwashing” and a “false solution.” They said the state should focus on renewable energy development and expansion. Many of them were concerned about the emissions related to hydrogen produced from fossil fuels as well as the use of water to produce hydrogen through electrolysis.
A pretty good description of my own analysis. Why I oppose this bill. And the White House butt-kissing the same folks on a larger scale.
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Good old blue hydrogen. The fuel for those who don’t understand the 2nd law of thermodynamics or appreciate the amount of pollution created to crack methane. Much better off just using the methane as a fuel while we transition away from coal and oil. Its cleaner and abundant. Its easier to store and has a superior energy density to hydrogen.
NM: After failure of previous efforts, ‘baby hydrogen bill’ emerges https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2022/02/09/after-failure-of-previous-efforts-baby-hydrogen-bill-emerges/ HB 228 is intended to gradually reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the production of clean, or “blue”, hydrogen over time. The bill calls for the level of emissions to start with two kilograms of carbon dioxide per kilogram of hydrogen produced.
Meanwhile: “A review of year-end data from New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Division (OCD) shows that producers vented or flared enough natural gas to power nearly 39,000 homes for a year — roughly the number of households in Las Cruces, the state’s second-largest city.
The actual total for the year is likely much higher as the new reporting only began in May.” https://capitalandmain.com/new-data-shows-massive-climate-warming-leaks-by-new-mexico-oil-and-gas-operators
Also: “New Mexico’s oil and gas operators are emitting 570,000 tons of methane every year — equivalent to the climate impact of approximately 12 coal-fired power plants.” https://www.edf.org/sites/default/files/new-mexico-methane-analysis.pdf
Big Oil Has a Plan to Turn Appalachia Into Hydrogen Country : ‘It is an excuse to keep drilling, obfuscated under a new identity.’ https://www.vice.com/en/article/qjbwwv/big-oil-has-a-plan-to-turn-appalachia-into-hydrogen-country