Bob Herbert is one of my favorite columnists. He never fails to fill me with indignation and despair. That might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it means he’s an effective and intelligent writer and life ain’t a musical anyway. My one fault with his latest is that just like yours truly, he goes for the ol’ Manhattan Project panacea:
Above all, I’d like to see the creation of a second Manhattan Project that would lead us in a few years to an environment in which alternative fuels are abundant, effective and affordable. We are a pathetically weak player in that game right now
And hey, it would be stimulus spending, too! But as I tried to say in the linked post above, it’s very easy to say we should get something like this together, not so easy to grapple with the limitations of science and technology. Oil is like a wonder drug–it does everything from powering your car to making plastics. No matter what tech we’re talking about, it probably isn’t as instantly gratifying as good ol’ black gold.