12/06/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

What Would An Energy 'Moon Shot' Look Like?

What it would take for a president to pursue meaningful climate and energy policy in a multitasked world? One approach, hinted at by President Elect Barack Obama off and on, is an Apollo-scale investment in advanced energy technology. The chances of a quick push of this sort are poor given the state of the economy, but what would a "Moon shot" for energy look like?

One way to consider the question is to look back at the gush of federal research and development dollars that underpinned the actual space race (and led to a string of innovations that NASA says have produced far greater economic benefits than the research cost).
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