Needless to say, the time frames discussed in the article are from the 1989 perspective, and saw the change-over as possible by the yr 2000. That pretty much tells me that we could have it up and running by 2010 -2015 if we really pushed hard, and fully funded the enterprise.
The money is there, Bush Jr. has earmarked billions of dollars in our energy bill, for the oil companies to search for new sources of petroleum. I say the new sources should be renewable, and they should be based here in the United States, to fully employ American workers.
As a republican ad campaign of a few years ago informed us "It's our money, not the IRS's", ...and not the oligarchie's. We should get to say where it's spent.
Would you rather open our treasury to the pillaging of the big oil companies, or would you invest in oil independence, while simultaneously reducing CO2 emmissions?
I for one, value independence and meeting our problems head on, over war and pillage any day.