Gentlemen, Start Your Plug-Ins

Opening paragraph of R. James Woolsey OpEd, the entirety of which we've asked Mr. Woolsey for permission to reprint on EV World.

Published: 01-Jan-2007

An oil and security task force of the Council on Foreign Relations recently opined that "[t]he voices that espouse 'energy independence' are doing the nation a disservice by focusing on a goal that is unachievable over the foreseeable future . . ." Others have also said, essentially, that other nations will control our transportation fuel -- get used to it. Yet House Democrats have announced a push for "energy independence in 10 years," and last month General Motors joined Toyota and perhaps other auto makers in a race to produce plug-in hybrid vehicles, hugely reducing the demand for oil.

Continued at Wall Street Journal...

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