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Manchin’s Favorite Clean-Energy Plan Could Be Obsolete Before It Starts

A bet on `blue hydrogen’ could leave Appalachia with another set of stranded assets in boom-bust plagued shale country. 

Winding along the mountainous highways of West Virginia and Pennsylvania can feel like a journey through time. 

The jagged, dark outcroppings of rocks contain millions of years of fossilized, organic remnants. They also hold the key to a clean-energy future that Senator Joe Manchin has seemingly backed more strongly than any other. But it’s a bid that analysts warn is destined for extinction even before it’s started.