There is a lot more science needed in the world today. Probably the best method is government subsidy to universities and let them do the work.<quoted text>
The EPA has done some very good work. Setting standards for air and water quality is a fine example.
Engaging in the creation of an artificial biofuels market that cost Billions and inadvertently sparked basic food shortages across the globe to provide a product that no one was looking for, probably not so much.
A department like the EPA is a good example of a function of government -- make sure people aren't throwing their garbage in the sea, land, or air. But, that needs to be the limit of their function. Set the standard, enforce that standard, rinse, repeat.
The idea of creating an artificial market for biofuels is, in and of itself, a good idea. It was poorly executed. People are addicted to oil, and every dollar spend on oil is money for terrorism. I am not just talking about petrodollars sent to Saudi Arabia, either. Even domestic oil aids terrorism by letting the Arabs sell to India or China instead of us. Then too, global warming must be addressed, and that also means putting an end to fossil fuel usage.