The energy business will squeeze every last penny from the investments they've made to locate, extract, process and ship current energy resources. They will do this until the very painful (for consumers) end when the wells run dry. With the need for a new portable energy source in a world in which the oil has run dry, why not look to the not-so-distant past for a solution? The Manhattan Project was able to overcome tremendous theoretical and technological hurdles in a very short period of time. Does it not make sense for our government to create a National Energy Project in the form of what was done at Los Alamos/Oak Ridge? Hire the best scientists in the world, build an "Energy City" somewhere in the US and give them 2 years. If successful, this new technology could be licensed to private companies for production whereupon market forces would take over to help dictate price. The government recoups its investment, we save the environment and possibly mankind in the process, etc...