Hydrogen has come under new scrutiny following Gov. John Bel Edwards’ announcement that Air Products plans to build a $4.5 billion “blue” hydrogen plant in Ascension Parish, reports NOLA.com.
A peer-reviewed study has found that blue hydrogen might lead to even more greenhouse gas emissions over its life cycle than simply burning natural gas. Environmental advocates such as Darryl Malek-Wiley, a senior organizer for the Sierra Club’s Delta chapter in New Orleans, say the fuel acts as an “expensive distraction.”
The governor’s endorsement came with assurances that the plant aligned with his ambitious climate goals for Louisiana to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Set to come online in 2026, it would provide a low-carbon liquid fuel that could power airplanes, trucks and ships. See the entire story.