This could actually be America’s big opportunity, if we don’t let the Fossil Fuel overlords have their way!
NASA-coordinated investment in aerospace was a very costly - - but amazingly productive investment. If we had let the free-market determine the course of aerospace, companies would have gone bankrupt all the time.
Instead, NASA helped coordinate profit levels and manage R&D risks… in a way that created better jobs for our scientists, better technology for our astronauts and an economic and technological leadership for the whole world.
A NASA-like effort for alternative energy development can accomplish the same thing, if we don’t cut our tax revenues to the bone in a near-sighted attempt to “perfect” American civilization. A NASA-like effort for CO2 mitigation would also create another area of technology that will be inevitably necessary … especially if we want to encourage other countries to collectively improve “carbon-fixing” and CO2 mitigation!