Better stick to being an uninformed, bigoted truck driver.<quoted text>
Or police officers, union teachers, or just about any other government worker.
Do as I say--not as I do.
Funding High Risk/High Reward Technologies:
Originated under the Bush administration, President Obama launched ARPA-E in 2009.
ARPA-E is modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a small arm of the Pentagon created after the Soviet launch of the first satellite, Sputnik. DARPA's job was to take back the lead in the space race and then win the Cold War, and in it's history it was crucial in the creation of the GPS, the stealth fighter and the Internet.
ARPA-E's job is to do the same to energy, by finding viable technologies with the potential to transform the American energy landscape but that are too early, to risky or too academic to attract regular investors. ARPA-E steps in where the market won't by getting inventors the resources-money, business expertise, lab space- to see if the idea can be translated into reality. Many of them will fail. The hope is that a few successes will be sufficient to create a radically altered world.
More than 3,000 people gather each February for ARPA-E's Energy Innovation Summit. Entrepreneurs, regulators and investors cruise the aisles with military officers, academics and utility executives. Some ideas being shown;
Grantee Cree displayed a 1-megawatt silicon carbide transistor the size of a fingernail. A suitcase-size box filled with the transistors could one day replace the 8,000-pound transformers in substations everywhere.
Alliant Techsystems took technology it developed for use in supersonic wind tunnels and built a prototype that scrubs the carbon dioxide out of smoke stack emissions. If it works, the life of hundreds of coal plants could be extended indefinitely.
Oh, by the way, Makani's idea was funded by the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Administration in 2010 and acquired by Google in May.