Waving red cape in front of Nick, he responded
But he did it to me first : )
"Government programs never work, just encourages companies to influence government with political pull resulting in subsidies, tax loopholes and special franchises."
CAFE standards have worked. Cars have better mileage today because of it. It would be better to raise tax though.
The GI bill after WWII paid for my dad's college education. I got government scholarships in 1970s. I think those government programs worked. It is responsible for a lot of the high tech revolution of late last century.
Government built interstate highway system, Hoover dam, Grand Coulee dam, defeated the enemy in WWII, many government programs work.
"Government programs never work" is just a propoganda argument to end programs that help regular people.
And if a party is in control of the government that says "government never works" then you get self-fullfilling prophecy, sure enough the government quits working
And we have an abundance of natural gas right now, and they're discovering new sources, like in North Dakota. The T. Boone Pickens plan - get trucks to use natural gas.
And wait a few years, LED lights will become more common and cheap, it's just a matter of scaling up production. I've seen them in the hardware store that screw into regular light sockets, but they're $60 or something. That'll change, and if the government helps, it will be faster, and while we're add it, they could help domestic production. Otherwise, the Chinese (or whoever) are helping their domestic LED production so they will take over the market like compact flourescent.