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At HYFORUM in Beijing this week, Volkswagen restated its emphasis on clean, synthetic fuels ((Gas-to-Liquid (GTL); Coal-to-Liquid (CTL); Biomass-to-Liquid (BTL)) as a transition to hydrogen down the road. Along with it comes another clear statement from an automaker about the risk of oil dependence.

Concentrating on oil as a primary energy therefore involves considerable risks for the future, not least in view of the political instability of many oil-producing regions. Volkswagen has developed a drive system and fuel strategy to find an alternative that reduces this dependence.

We need more statements such as that -- and louder -- from the major automakers. And action backing those statements.

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