We've written extensively about Joe Romm and Greg Blencoe regarding their divergent opinions about the future of hydrogen vehicles. Mr Romm's recent book, Hell and High Water, still has our attention.
Perhaps Al Gore's recent Nobel award raised the ante a bit, because the dialog between these two gentlemen seemed to reach a higher level of late. This writer suggested a duel at noon under a Live Oak on the green, with TreeHugger writers as proxies. Instead, they opted for a friendly bet. Goes to show how the world has changed to the better. Whew.
Dr. Joseph Romm, author of The Hype About Hydrogen and Hell and High Water, and Greg Blencoe, CEO of Hydrogen Discoveries, Inc., recently engaged in a lively debate about the viability of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The debate ended with a bet between the two about when hydrogen fuel cell vehicles would reach 1% of new sales of the typically-defined car and light truck market in the U.S.
The bet is as follows:Greg Blencoe wins if hydrogen fuel cell vehicles hit 1% of new sales of the typically-defined car and light truck market in the U.S. during 2015 or any year before. Joseph Romm wins if it is 2016 or any year after.
If Joseph Romm wins, Greg Blencoe agrees to wear a t-shirt (and take pictures with the media) that has Romm's website on it and says:
"Joseph Romm was right about hydrogen"
If Greg Blencoe wins, Joseph Romm agrees to wear a t-shirt (and take pictures with the media) that says:
"I was wrong about hydrogen"
Furthermore, if Joseph Romm wins, Greg Blencoe also agrees to hand over $1000 to him. If Greg Blencoe wins, Joseph Romm agrees to donate the same amount to an environmental organization that fights global warming.
The spirit of this bet is to raise more awareness of all of the possible solutions to global warming and the energy problem beginning now. When people are discussing and debating the solutions, the best technologies will emerge and positive change will come sooner than later.
Special Note: See also, ClimateProgress blog by Joe Romm