http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22313314/ A few random thoughts: * For the umpteenth time, Bush is a complete socialist * The original CAFE laws in the 70's saddled us with shitty, underpowered cars for the next couple of decades. * Despite CAFE, we are more reliant on imported oil than ever before. The problem is the rebound effect. Give me a 35 mpg car, and I will drive more, and live further away from work. Give me a superinsulated house, and I will turn up the thermostat. Or even if americans don't, the 1.3 billion increasingly prosperous chinese will. * Ethanol sucks. There is only so much power ("solar flux", as engineers say) in a given square meter of sunshine. Now take the fact that plants are terribly inefficient at converting that energy to stored energy (sugars), and subtract the energy required to harvest, ferment, and distill the alcohol, and some experts question whether there's any net energy gain at all. Ethanol is a big fat subsidy to Archer Daniels-Midland, nothing more. And it will continue to raise food prices, as if the falling dollar needed any help with that. (Unless there is some gigantic breakthrough in distilling efficiency, and they can figure out how to grow switchgrass on land where corn isn't growing now). Plus it uses huge amounts of water. And instead of having fuel costs influenced by arabs, they would be influenced by droughts, insects, and other causes of crop failures. Also, ethanol has significantly less energy per gallon; I hope they are not expecting 35 mpg from a fuel that is 50% ethanol or something. * Also, incandescent light bulbs will be gone soon. Yes, they produce 90% heat. For starters, that's not a problem in winter, so you can't really count it as waste. Second, fluorescents never last as long as advertised. When you factor in the real lifetime, and the amount of energy/resources which go into the manufacturing process, they aren't as attractive. Plus their light is irritating to lots of people, because of the spectrum and the frequency of the flicker. Hopefully LED's will continue falling in price and make this a moot point.