Obama Should Challenge Country to Make a Clean Energy Automobile

It's time to reinvent the car.

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If America can invent the next major innovation to the operation of the automobile the advancement would be as great if not greater than Henry Ford's success in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Scrapping the internal combustion engine makes sense and should be a national priority.

The $25 billion prize that America would award would come back to our treasury many, many times over in revenue produced by this giant leap in technology.

In the 1960s many skeptics bitterly criticized America's investment in the race to the Moon. They argued that it was not a sure thing and therefore any public monies spent were being gambled and squandered. In retrospect, any government investment was returned through the great leaps made to computers, plastics, electronics, communications, and medicine that still today benefit every inhabitant to this planet in one way or another.

I believe that the next great advancement in the operation of the automobile is long over due.

The country that can develop the next generation to clean and affordable people moving will not only change the world but will prosper like no other.

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The greatness of America has always been our ingenuity and our ability to invent not just for ourselves but for everyone else as well.

America must continue to lead and today the need is to lead in the development and production of a clean and affordable energy and products.

The goal of clean and affordable energy is not partisan it is American.

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