Wondering what Machiavelli would do is probably a good thing. When it comes to electric car policy, its also really funny.
“Europe and China will be puttering along in their electric vehicles that only make sense if the gas price is $7 per gallon or higher; Americans will be swooping over the interstates as our gas prices fall. The Arabs and the Venezuelans will be begging us to take that black gooey stuff off their hands. SUV sales will boom; since this is about the only car Detroit can make profitably, the US car industry will enjoy another respite from its long decline.”