Robert Zubrin approaches problems like an engineer. He tries to solve them. The engineering approach to problems is problematic when the problems are unsolvable–like the problem of human nature, for instance. But when it comes to fuel, actually trying to solve our fuel problems is an idea whose time has come. Zubrin’s flex-fuel plan allows vehicles to use methanol, which can be economically derived from coal, natural gas, and wood and organic byproducts. It’s a great plan.
Contrast with T. Boone Pickens’ plan, which consists of the following:
1. Have the Treasury cut large checks to T. Boone Pickens.
Most other energy plans that Congress has enacted or is contemplating look a lot like the T. Boone Pickens’s plan, except–key difference!–the name on the checks is different.