Policy Pillar: US DoD eyes hydrogen

At home and abroad, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) finds itself firmly in the spotlight. It recently announced an additional $500m package to support Ukraine’s counter offensive operations – taking its overall security assistance bill to $41.2bn since the war began.

The US accounted for 39% of world military spending in 2022, comfortably ahead of second-placed China (13%), and it rose 0.7% to $877bn last year, according to SIPRI Research.

Alongside financial commitments relating to energy security and the Ukraine war, the US must rise to ongoing clean energy and decarbonisation needs, a journey it began more than 15 years ago, but has since accelerated under the Biden-Harris administration.

Investments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, together with the National Strategy and Roadmap for Clean Hydrogen, are spurring momentum towards the US achieving its clean hydrogen goals. However the US imported 6.28 million barrels of crude oil per day last year; weaning itself off fossil fuels will take decades.

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