Many hybrid cars are already on the roads but alternative energy is about more than new automobiles. Wind power is something we can capture right now and it is being used in fields and off remote shores.
Any sort of cash incentive to get manufacturers to build more efficient vehicles -- and to get people to buy more of them -- is an admirable thing. But let's not forget that if people just make smarter choices, this nation's energy usage will go down dramatically.
A clean energy economy isn't just about wind farms and solar roofs. We're talking about hundreds of thousands of jobs in precisely the sectors that are experiencing the greatest difficulties right now.
I don't see how there is any serious prospect for solving our energy security problem or our climate problem if the traditional media doesn't do any policing whatsoever of statements by major politicians.
The drilling "movement" is a classically right-wing operation -- top-heavy, fueled by corporate money, reliant on aggressive PR, and meant to intimidate D.C. decisionmakers. It is astroturf, not grassroots.