"It is a disaster from the point of view of climate change and it is a disaster from the point of view of our health," Woolsey said in spelling out how America's dependence on oil has wreaked havoc with society just as Capone's gangster antics did in the 1920s.
In reviewing America's transportation fuel choices, ethanol, methanol and natural gas have their niches, Woolsey said, but electricity is the most sensible economical choice.
"Two cents a mile is an awful lot better than 20 cents a mile," he said. "Two cents a mile is revolutionary."
Now, he continued, it's a matter of taking plug-ins mainstream by commercializing and institutionalizing the technology.
"This is how we can all start treating oil like the Al Capone it is," Woolsey concluded. "We can deal oil the body blow it needs to be dealt."
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