The original Manhattan Project was set in motion to develop the first atomic weapons. The vastness of the project was immense for its time and cost billions of dollars and employed some 130,000 workers. The stakes were high since it involved the survival of our nation during a time of immediate danger of destruction.

For the past 30 years we have been facing a similar threat of destruction, but this threat comes from within, since we have been ignoring our gluttonous habits when it comes to oil. We can sit and finger point all we want, but the bottom line is we have ignored the problem for to many years and it is now going to bite us in the butt.

It would seem to me that what we need to do is to focus all of our resources into a common goal of becoming energy independent and eliminate oil from our daily diets. In reviewing what the automobile industry is trying to do, it appears that while many different types of solutions are being investigated, i.e. ethanol, electric, hydrogen and so forth, that there is currently no one best solution on the horizon.

But when one looks at what Brazil has accomplished using sugar beet to create ethanol to drive their cars, it seems that a solution of some type is possible. But in order to solve the oil crisis, it may take more than just the efforts of the car makers. It would seem that our government should undertake an effort similar to the effort that was made in the original Manhattan Project. Call it what you want, but a total commitment should be made to not only divert our dependence from oil, but to become totally self reliant no matter which energy source we use, taking into consideration the environment as well.

When one thinks of the accomplishments that have been made in the past 30 years, it is hard to believe that we can not solve the energy crisis that we face, and come up with an idea that would make us totally independent. It can be done if we have the resolve to accomplish it.

What do you think? Can we do it?

Comments welcome.

What Brazil has done.

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