In response to Newtster's comment:
I think we are making some serious mistakes in energy policy that will hamper our ability to find alternative sources of energy. THe problem with hybrids as of now is that they take far more energy to build than a gasoline powered car because of the batteries. Then consider that the energy that is used to charge them comes largely from fossil fuel run power plants. So we are not getting the bang for the buck by throwing billions in taxpayer money to electric car companies. We should be using that money to improve the energy situation on the grid so when you charge up a battery you are doing it from a grid with much higher % of energy from clean sources like wind, solar, hydro.
But we have people in charge that are swayed by political supporters rather than what might be the best way to spend the taxpayers' hard earned money. Nothing new for sure. Just frustrating.
Some valid points here.
The problem is that they are all interdependent and require input and feedback from various stakeholders. Different entities are involved in the generation, transmission and delivery of energy at all levels.
The question is what do you build first? The wires to carry the electricity or the homes and businesses which will use it?? The charging stations or the cars to create demand for charging stations?
As vague as it sounds (and is), "all-of-the-above" is really the only way to tackle the problems at-large - which are as diverse as the needs fueling them.
Bill Gate, for example, said a while back that solar panels on homes are cute and all, but the real changes need to be large, expansive, and yes, a little risky. That's why projects like Cape Wind and Northern Pass matter so much. Even wildcatters know you've got to drill a whole lotta wells to find a gusher. Point being that we can do our own individual parts for selfish reasons and still support the larger aims of sustainable energy.