C.K. Hickey

C.K. Hickey is the content intern for QUEST. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Film and Media Studies in 2008, and is currently a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. C.K. thinks of himself as a multimedia adventurer. He's always looking for new and interesting ways to deliver the news, such as newsgames and infographics. Before coming to QUEST he reported for Salon, Patch, Mission Local, East Bay Express and Current TV. In his spare time he enjoys his piano, a good book, a good meal, struggling to keep up with his Twitter feed, transportation, the environment, birdwatching, movies/TV/video games, and hiking. But not all at once.
Mazda unveiled their Mazda5 Hydrogen RE Hybrid Sky concept in 2010. Image: Flickr user Dave Pinter

Fracking Gives Hydrogen Fuel Cells New Life

In 2009, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Energy Steven Chu dismissed zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as an impractical alternative to electric cars. Now an abundant supply of natural gas, from which hydrogen can be extracted, is changing Chu's mind, but that natural gas comes from the controversial hydraulic fracturing process.