How about we call it the "Department of Energy"?
Imagine if we had put even a 10% carbon tax on domestic fuels and a 50% carbon tax on imported fuels in 1979 (the year of the second Arab oil embargo) and gave the DOE the same funding, mandate and respect we gave NASA in the 1960s.
29 years later, we'd be spending about the same money per gallon but we'd have light rail corridors in every freeway median, AMTRAK schedules that work, 50-100 mi/gal cars, less suburban sprawl, residential energy retrofits, most of the thousands of tons of nuclear waste cleaned up, no need for new refinery capacity; wind farms in Nebraska, solar farms in Nevada, tidal generators in Maine and a robust grid delivering electric power where it's needed; and be spending less money on fuel per year.
Instead, we bought into the myth that collective action is inherently bad and let Exxon & Enron make energy policy.
Like the Fram Filter guy used to say, "Pay me now, or pay me later."
Ever since 1979, Jimmy Carter and the Green Party have been warning us that this day would come.
Sometimes, it sucks to be right.
Understanding economics is not easy.
Even if we paid more for "energy", if the energy was produced here would the country not be "saving" as a whole?
I suppose trade imbalances work if our currency is worth more than everyone elses but that's not the case anymore. It's really turning out to be a perfect storm.
It's definitely negatively impacting the car business. No question about it.
And I totally agree. If the kids at NASA can launch a ship at a comet, Orbit the comet and shoot another little sattelite at it's surface and watch the ensuing carnage, I am sure they are smart enough to look at America's energy situation and say ok, here is what you need to do.
Then after that, we can pay them back by giving them all the money they need to put us on MARS.
I am going to go back to school and finally finish getting my BSME but as we can see, it's not that America lacks intelligence, it's our leaders simply do not have the will-power to what is good for the country as a whole.
Do any candidates, even the ones that are not well known, have any clue about this issue?
Roosevelt did BIIIIIIGGGGGGGG infrasctructure projects to create jobs during the depression, will things have to get that bad before we act and does anyone at this point in time even have the balls or leadership skills to do what he did?