Goodbye Electric, Hello Hydrogen?
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When California's Air Resources Board demanded emission-free vehicles, the auto industry started to build electric cars. Now, General Motors is planning to scrap all those EV-1's even though many drivers still love them. What happened to a promising technology? Electric cars may be emission-free but that technology already is a thing of the past. Is there a hydrogen car in the future? Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wants to convert his Hummer to hydrogen power. President Bush says he sees a future in hydrogen power. We speak with LA City Councilman Eric Garcetti, who drives a city-leased electric RAV4, a spokesman for the Alliance Automobile Manufacturers and David Freeman, whose latest challenge in a five-decade career in electric and water utility industries is that of the new Hydrogen Car Company.
Making News: What's Causing the Southern California Fires?
For three days, raging wildfires have dominated life in Southern California, bringing death and destruction from Ventura County to the Mexican border. Richard Minnich, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of California-Riverside and a specialist in fire ecology, explains how 100 years of fire prevention has set the stage for the current fires that are burning out of control.
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.
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