“Obama seems to think that the the electric car is like the space program.”
No, you miss the point with their energy strategy. They know FULL WELL that pretty much all of these new technologies suck, but they serve an interim purpose.
Their ULTIMATE GOAL is to stop us from driving our own cars, they ABSOLUTELY HATE IT. So they, smartly, concluded that the only way for the public to accept such a drastic change in lifestyle is to trick them into thinking it won’t be so bad...because we have another option that’s nearly as good. So, for transportation, it’s electric cars, for coal plants that they want to shut down, it’s solar power, etc.
So the strategy buys them time, while they dismember the basic components of a society that they DESPISE.
I think you give him too much credit. I think Obama is totally ignorant of matters scientific. Remember: this is a guy who has never really practiced law, so he has no practical knowledge of anything tangible, except politics.