Cars that drive themselves would not only save gas, but save lives and make people happier. Imagine telling your car where you want to go and it navigates itself. That’s not an impossible dream because the technology is near at hand. This, not cockamamie plans for windmills or super-expensive solar cells that only provide power when the sun shines, could have been a worthwhile way for the government to bring America closer to energy independence.
But no, the environmental movement is caught in a time warp, embedded like an insect in amber, in concepts that were developed decades ago and have never been updated or re-examined. If today an endless pool of pure oil were found in the middle of the Mojave Desert that burned with zero emissions, the Greens would still demand the that we proceed to power civilization with wind and sunlight. They will cling to that like Linus clings to his security blanket. There is nothing intellectual about it, it’s a psychological bond, and like substance abusers, most find it impossible to break.