Flashback: Glenn reviews GM’s hydrogen powered car

Today on radio, Glenn discussed his views on big companies becoming involved with government, using General Motors to make his point. Several years ago, GM allowed Glenn to drive a prototype hydrogen powered car for a few months. He was incredibly impressed, even taping an eight minute message for his kids about how this was the wave of the future. Unfortunately, once GM took the bailout from Washington they seemed to abandon the project, even though they had told Glenn they were almost ready for mass production.

Glenn said, “One of the reasons I was so confident in it is because I talked to the guys at GM and I said you’re not gonna get past the eco people. The eco people are going to say you’re going to destroy the planet because you’re going to make hydrogen out of water. And they’re like, no, no. We’ve already got deals with Shell. This thing is already out of the gate. Six months later they cancel that after they’ve taken the bailout. That’s the problem. When people are in bed with the government or need the government’s approval for things, then you no longer have the free market system. Then people are not free anymore.”

  • Rd

    You’re losing it Glenn…sad to see. I really enjoyed your program. You gave news that no one else would even talk about. Now its like your whistling in the wind. What’s going on? I hope you surprise us, I really do.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    I wonder what happen to that car. Oh yeah the green movement killed it.

    • Anonymous

      Funny thing is, the product of combustion of hydrogen is water. That would raise sea levels as badly as global warming. It also is not so great in winter in the northern parts of the US – all those hydrogen cars would be dripping water all over the highways, where it will freeze up and cause accidents. Ha Ha HA

      • Lorne Focht

        I see what you did there….

      • Travis Taillon

        Or capture the water and use as weight for traction. Then drain it out later in a safe place. Like the ecosystem to replenish the water evaporated from that “global warming” thing.

  • Anonymous

    Hydrogen is a great fuel; especially when bonded with carbon like in gasoline and diesel.

  • texastruthtweet

    That could catch on.

  • Oliver Ales

    While the collectivist notion of a top-down designed society runs counter to science, the individualist conception aligns with integral calculus and atomic theory in the sense that the whole is best described through the individual parts.

  • Stuck_in_Ca

    Glenn has aged 12 years in the last 6.

    • ff

      of course that was the point of the article – very astute

      • Stuck_in_Ca

        It wasn’t. Just something I noticed since he’s been sick.

    • Tigger Fair

      What does that have to do with anything?!

      • Stuck_in_Ca

        He’s been sick, he looks haggard.

  • Sachi

    LOL Glenn – you crack me up sometimes

  • BillK

    Petroleum free? I suspect not so in the gear box, interior plastics, the tires, etc.

  • God

    I am surprised Glenn liked the car, since any car not using oil is socialist, and we need to get rid of green energy. Glenn isn’t a capitalist, he is a corporatist…a communist masquerading as a capitalist.

    • Silent Political Yeoman

      The thing about green energy is that it’s not as efficient as octane. I’ve seen cars in Brazil that run on straight ethanol (which is far cheaper than octane and diesel per liter) but the sad bit is that it burns quicker while giving less energy than octane. I can see why Glenn loved driving GM’s hydrogen car (which was being developed without the gov’t involved) so it’s quite understandable why he was disappointed when GM sold out and took money from the government, thus cancelling the project. Almost everything the federal government touches disappears or turns to crap.

      And no, Glenn is not a corporatist. If that were true, he’d be applauding GM selling out to the government, not shaking his head in disappointment.

  • mr_microphone

    The only problem with this being a “green” car is all that electricity you need to make hydrogen. And you really need a lot of it. So much so that gasoline is still pound for pound the best way to store energy for personal travel. Plus it does not have to be stored under pressure, nor is it nearly as explosive as hydrogen. Now if we had a cheap abundant source of electricity, it would be almost perfect. I think thorium reactors may be one way to make that possible. Until then though, lets not put the car before the horse.

    • Doom

      Build a large solar array along the coasts in Texas, Luisiana, basically anywhere along the coast with access to lots of sun and water. and California too. could have wind mills too to catch the breeze from the coasts. desalinate the water. then make hydrogen. you would have tons of energy from the sun and wind. A better product than an electric car. less pollution than a fossil fuel car. Hydrogen for fuel, Oxygen for medical use, and maybe even sea salt for eating. seems like win win win. only downside is the space needed for the initial energy generation and the processing plants. though they probably wouldn’t be much larger than an oil refinery, and no more oil spills to worry about from bringing crude to the refinery.

      • mr_microphone

        Actually you make a good point, I do think we need to work on better electrical infrastructure (also better protected from solar flares and EMP as it will be our main energy artery if we give up petroleum). All powered by less harmful sources, as you mentioned solar and I am also a fan of the thorium reactor. One other benefit of using hydrogen, is the the byproduct is WATER. Guess what they are running short of in CA? It could be reclaimed to offset drought.

        • Doom

          Yes, We should 100% invest the couple billion (or was it hundred million?) that it would cost to EMP proof our power grid. Id really rather not be plunged back to 1750 when (not if) a Solar flare or man made EMP goes off on us. I knew about it combining back into water when it meets oxygen. I dont know anything about thorium technology besides hearing it mentioned, But people are scared of anything Nuclear related, so that pretty much kills it for now.

          • mr_microphone

            Actually it’s worth a look. There was a successful test of a thorium reactor for several years at an east coast university before it was shut down. Problem is (for the military), the leftovers cannot be used for weapons. Upside is the waste only has to be safely stored for 500 or so years. Also since the reactor runs at normal atmospheric pressure there is no danger of explosion, and it has a built in fail-safe if there is an issue. Additionally, thorium is currently a waste product, created by precious mineral extraction, so there is already a stockpile of fuel. I think it is a good temporary solution to power a massive electrical grid until other safer sources are discovered. Solar and wind are great contributors, but if we need to supplement what is currently being supplied by petroleum, we need more massive sources of power.

  • Doom

    wow, that is really cool. I wonder how much it relies on electronics though. funny that they have to make the car make noise since it is so quiet.

  • http://www.whitehouse.gov/ Baroke Insane Owebama

    You could use solar and wind power to make hydrogen which would be a better use because those two energy sources are unreliable for electric grid generation.

  • Justin Cody

    it was the stonecutters

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