Quirk’s hydrogen fuel bill signed into law

Assemblymember Bill Quirk’s AB 730 was also
signed into law this week.
Defines hydrogen fuel for cars as not a public utility

ASSEMBLY | 20TH DISTRICT | A bill that allows the hydrogen fuel industry to sidestep potential regulatory oversight was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday.

Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk’s bill sought to designate hydrogen fuel retailer as not a public utility like privately-owned gas, electric, water and telecom corporations. 
Such utilities are subject to the California Public Utilities Commission’s power to fix rates and establish regulatory policies. But, under the new state law, hydrogen fuel will not face CPUC oversight.
Assembly Bill 1008 was seen as a vehicle for encouraging greater investment, use and development of alternative vehicle fuels to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the state. 
Quirk argued California’s regulations over the use of hydrogen fuel for retail purposes was sowing uncertainty among potential investors interested in building up the state’s alternative fuel infrastructure.
The Legislature totally agreed. AB 1008 did not receive a no vote on its path to the governor’s desk.
Brown signed another Quirk bill on Monday. Assembly Bill 730 requires the conviction of transporting cannabis, psychedelic mushrooms, and other drugs include an intent to sell. 
The legal requirement is now in line with convictions for cocaine, heroin and other narcotics. The bill ostensibly redefined the word “transport” to mean an intent to sell.

One thought on “Quirk’s hydrogen fuel bill signed into law

  1. By MW:

    Some of the more common ways and fuels to power motors and other mechanical devices are gasoline, fuel oil, coal, and electricity, and so forth.

    And of course virtually anyone who has bought a new set of tires for their car or observed a construction site has seen power tools that operate on compressed air, and which are commonly referred to as pneumatic tools.

    However rather than spending the money on electricity to power an air compressor that produces the compressed air to supply pneumatic tools that operate on compressed air, we should convert our cars, power tools, and other mechanical devices to operate on hot air rather than compressed air.


    More specifically, we could collect all of the hot air that is produced by the lawyers and politicians in Sacramento, Washington DC, and San Francisco City Hall and then pipe it all over the entire country to not only power all of our cars and motors, but also to heat all of the houses and commercial buildings in the Frost Belt states..


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