US President Bush is now calling for the construction of a new nuclear plant - the first in the US since 1973 - for hydrogen production. This links in with experts' predictions that the drive for the hydrogen economy might serve as a means to revitalise the nuclear industry. As a cheap and emission-free energy source, nuclear power is seen by many to provide the answer for the intended energy revolution.
The EU has been following suit with US efforts to push hydrogen as the next big thing. Critics now fear that the US nuclear initiative could spark a renewed focus on nuclear power in the EU, reversing trends of phasing out nuclear plants due to long-term environmental and safety concerns.