Young, a long-time environmental advocate in addition to being one of the most enduring musicians from the 1960s, is the driving force behind Lincvolt, an effort "to turn a nearly 20-foot-long, 5,000-pound 1959 Lincoln Continental into a vehicle that will run on natural gas, electricity or some other form of clean energy. His aim is to win the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, a $10 million challenge to develop a vehicle that can get 100 miles per gallon or better by 2009." Lincvolt even has its own Youtube channel.
I wholeheartedly agree with Young that this moment cries out for bold, visionary solutions to the problems we confront: on the economy, on the environment, on health care, on education, on foreign policy, etc. This is the primary difference between the Clinton Democratic moment in 1992 and the Obama moment in 2008. In 1992, embattled by a rising conservatism, the best the Dems could hope for was a Republican lite version of Democratic politics. In 2008, though, there seems to be real opportunity to think big and throw long. I suspect this will ultimately be the measure of Obama's administration: the degree to which he seizes the historical moment, takes some risks, and goes the visionary route... or the degree to which he misses the moment by being overly cautious and halting in his reform agenda.
What do you think?