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For the Eight Consecutive Year, U.S. Congress Recognizes National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

By October 5, 2022 3   min read  (592 words)

October 5, 2022 |

Fuel Cells Works, For the Eight Consecutive Year, U.S. Congress Recognizes National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Jim Costa (CA-16), John Larson (CT-01), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) were joined by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in celebrating the eighth annual National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, by introducing bipartisan, bicameral resolutions designating October 8, 2022, as “National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day“.

This important day marks the growth of the industry by raising awareness of the benefits hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies provide in reducing emissions while driving economic growth. National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day is observed on October 8 (10.08), in recognition of the atomic weight of hydrogen – 1.008.  Hydrogen is already providing fuel, feedstock, and power to wide-ranging sectors of the United States.

U.S. Representatives Jim Costa (CA-16), John Larson (CT-01), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) led the introduction of the House Resolution with Representatives Jimmy Panetta (CA-21), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), and Paul Tonko (NY-20) joining as co-sponsors.

“Hydrogen and fuel cell technology are key to tackling the climate crisis,” said Congressman Costa. “This technology can create good-paying jobs while decarbonizing the transportation and manufacturing industries, setting us on the path to cut emissions in half by 2035. I am proud to lead this bipartisan, bicameral resolution to raise awareness of this innovative technology that could strengthen our energy security in the 21st century.”

“As our nation and world faces the threat of climate change, hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies are a crucial part of a zero-emissions future. To support this growing industry, I led efforts to enact a tax credit for the production of clean hydrogen. In my home state of Connecticut, the nation’s Fuel Cell Capital, we know how important fuel cells are for jobs today and a cleaner future tomorrow,” said Congressman Larson.

“Fuel cell and hydrogen technology paves the way for our nation’s clean energy future,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick. “I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing this bipartisan, bicameral resolution to recognize National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. The United States must continue investing in innovative clean energy solutions so that we can reduce carbon emissions while creating new job opportunities.”

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) led the introduction of the Senate Resolution with U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Rob Portman (R-OH) joining as co-sponsors.

“The hydrogen and fuel cell industry provides immense economic and environmental benefits to Connecticut and our country,” said Blumenthal, Co-Chair of the Senate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus and co-sponsor of the resolution. “Cutting-edge fuel cell and hydrogen technologies bolster our energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost job creation, and strengthen our power grid. I’m proud to lead this bipartisan resolution and to join my colleagues in marking National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.”

“I’m proud to lead my colleagues in commemorating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Co-Chair of the Senate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus and co-sponsor of the resolution. “Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are boosting manufacturing and economic growth in South Carolina and across the country.”

California is leading the world in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by deploying zero-emission fuel cell vehicles and developing hydrogen infrastructure. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are critical to the state’s goal of getting 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2025. (CEC, 2022) Fuel cell electric vehicles use hydrogen as a fuel source and have no tailpipe emissions except for water vapor, which helps us achieve multiple climate goals such as improved air quality

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