US Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced the end of the US government's program to develop a hydrogen-powered car. Hydrogen is difficult to store and the whole project faces other problems that will take a long time to solve. Speaking as a long-running skeptic of the hydrogen vehicle program this looks like good news. The money freed up can be directed toward better batteries and other more promising ideas.
The Obama Administration has also brought the carbon sequestering FutureGen coal electric power plant back to life. But does coal with carbon sequestration have a chance of competing with nuclear power on costs?