Open drilling to companies that earmark a certain % of profits towards R&D of new alternative fuel sources and offer tax incentives as well.
I am not a huge fan of Gov't. regulation, but in order to get these tax breaks and drilling rights this research would need to be overveiwed as to the validity of the efforts.
Short term, fossil fuel prices at the pump go down, jobe are created instantly and long term we find an answer due to financial incentive.
You know.....good old capitallism!!!!
If I can think of a plan like this, and you all think I am pretty simple, why can't Ivy League elitists???
You know who I mean....those folks who have spent their entire lives sitting in classrooms and now run the country!!!!