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Restoring the U.S. battery production capability. Most battery production facilities are in China and Japan. The U.S. must rebuild its local battery production industry for the batteries that will power the 21 century vehicles. Special government incentives should be designed. The electric battery car is the (very near) future and will be for most of the 21 century. It is one of the critical industries that must stay/return “home”.

Battery patents. The development of new generation of batteries has been slowed down considerably because of patent disputes. We need special legislation that will allow for faster resolution of battery related patent disputes. We cannot pretend that we can “continue as usual”. Certain critical technologies that are essential to our energy policy should receive special legal procedure so they can be implemented much faster.

Rare Materials. Part of our energy policy, defense policy and foreign policy should make sure that we have access to the rare materials that will be required for our transition away from oil. We are already running into battery production bottlenecks because of shortages of rare materials. It is already delaying the transition to plug-in hybrids and electrical cars.

Eliminate Oil influence on public opinion and public policy. Oil producing countries (many of which wish us harm) and to certain extent oil companies have a clear interest to maintain our addiction to oil. They have been using their financial resources to influence both public opinion and our legislature, to move in directions that will prevent us from eliminating our dependency on oil. We should find ways to stop these activities. It will require specific legislation and strength of character from our president. A sad example of such influence was the recent public campaign against bio-fuels that was largely financed by oil interests. Did they violate the law?

Create an international consumer cartel. Fight suppliers’ cartel (OPEC) with consumers’ cartel (OPIC). The effect will be reduced prices.

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