Plug Power’s hydrogen at their facility at STAMP is green. It could be an environment good if it is created solely by hydropower. However, most green hydrogen is not benign and uses more fossil fuels to create it.
The idea of green hydrogen can be used as a distraction from the real work of Gov. Kathy Hochul should be doing what Gov. People believe green hydrogen is a magical solution. It’s not.
What’s called green hydrogen is usually anything but. Most of Plug Power’s “green hydrogen” across its other activities is not green at all.
The fossil fuel industry is trying to make hydrogen look great in all sectors, calling it green.
Hydrogen that’s legitimately green is made using electrolysis powered by renewable energy alone. Green hydrogen must meet certain conditions before it can be considered a reduction in greenhouse gas production. For example, green hydrogen is only worth using if clean electricity doesn’t solve the problem.
Hochul must focus on proven solar and wind technologies as New York’s climate crisis solution.
She can also block new gas development such as the Danskammer and Astoria plant, and the use Greenridge to mine cryptocurrency in the Finger Lakes. We must expand our renewable energy infrastructure, and stop burning fossil fuels.