Granted, Custer had a plan also, but I think T. Boone has thought his out better.
In short, it would use wind power to replace the current natural gas electric generating plants and use the natural gas to power automobiles. I have no clue if his numbers work out, but it is a start!
I am a big supporter of wind power so of course I think his plan is great. And best of all, it is nowhere near Teddy Kennedy's yacht, so I guess Teddy will be on board.
But this is not the only way. One reason I want government to stay out of the energy issue is that there needs to be multiple roads. Instead, all government has given us is an ethanol subsidy that does nothing but increase corn prices.
If I had my way, this is what would happen:
1. Allow more drilling in the Artic and offshore. This will ease uncertainty and speculation which is what is responsible for much of the recent run up. This is only meant to be a temporary measure however, to give time for other things to come online.
2. Pass the Zurbin plan requiring that all gasoline powered cars must be triple flex fueled within three years of passage. The technology is there already (and US car manufacturers have an advantage right now). The triple flex fuel portion is to drive some production into methanol, which does not use food crops, though it is less efficient then ethanol.
3. End the corn ethanol subsidy. It does nothing.
4. End tariffs on Brazilian ethanol. Brazilian ethanol is sugar based and has a much higher energy output/energy input than corn ethanol.
5. Pass regulations on shale oil production.
6. Throw up no barriers to the importation of Canadian tar sands oil.
7. Exploit the Bakken field.
8. Electric cars are great. The electricity has to come from somewhere. Reduce barriers for wind farms.
9. Build a new generation of nuclear plants.
10. Listen to T. Boone.
Did I leave anything out?