Lutz: Fuel Economy Needs Manhattan Project

April 23, 2007
Detroit needs help in transforming its cars into high-fuelers—and a government-backed effort to do so should mimic the “Manhattan Project” that got the U.S. the bomb in World War II, GM vice chairman Bob Lutz told the Wall Street Journal.

On message in Kentucky, Lutz told reporters that the industry needed the kind of five-year focus that the country gave the atomic bomb. Maybe the space race would have been a better analogy—I suggested the same in my book on HUMMER from 2003—but Lutz has the right idea in that structural change in the auto-driven economy ain’t gonna happen until the government invests in ethanol and hydrogen infrastructures as a point of national security first, national interest second.

The whole idea of moving to an oil-reduced economy may have some interesting consequences. Would Brazil become the new Saudi Arabia – a regional power broker that tempers the Irans or the Venezuelas of its sphere? Or would it simply turn us all on to a new resource without conservation checks put into place?

Read the Journal article and tell us what you think – should the government spend $10 billion, $50 billion, or $100 billion to sweep in a new energy plan for drivers, or should it remain more hands-off to our energy future?

GM Exec Suggests 'Manhattan Project' For U.S. Energy Policy --Wall Street Journal

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