Originally Posted by AustinChief
I have no problem with that plan. It would be worthwhile simply for the advances in engineering you'll see from it. I also like anything that leads to a more diversified and distributed grid. If you want to sell it to the traditional "right" you can also point out that it reduces our susceptibility to terror threats and is important for national security.
DOE's bioenergy development program for transportation fuels was justified using a 3 corner argument:
1) energy prices (record high at the time)
2) climate change
2) energy independence and energy security given the geopolitical instabilities of oil-rich countries.