Friday, March 15, 2013

Drive Time


Happy to see this:

President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to authorize $200 million a year for research into clean energy technologies that can wean automobiles off oil.

Obama proposed the idea of an energy security trust last month in his State of the Union address, but he was putting a price tag on the idea during a trip Friday to the Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago — $2 billion over 10 years. The White House said the research would be paid for with revenue from federal oil and gas leases on offshore drilling and would not add to the deficit.

The money would fund research on ‘‘breakthrough’’ technologies such as batteries for electric cars and biofuels made from switch grass or other materials. Researchers also would look to improve use of natural gas as a fuel for cars and trucks.

Looking at the big-picture scope of the federal budget, $2 billion over 10 years is not a lot of money. Still, I'm guessing there is no way Congress will see through the fog of their insanity to get anything done at this point. But, this is our future, this is what needs to happen if we are to address "energy security" and climate change.

Getting the conversation started is an important part of that battle, so go get 'em Mr. President. Someday we will understand.