Before World War II, there were more people employed making candy in the United States than making airplanes. The war drove the productive capacity of the nation and transformed the aerospace industry into an economic and technical powerhouse, improving the lives of people in previously unimagined ways.
That industry spun off advances in materials, communication, digital processing, space exploration and more.
Whether we are aware of it or not, we are at war again.
I do not mean ISIS or terrorism, grave though those threats are. We are at war with the earth. The planet and the implacable laws of nature are trying to slowly kill us.
We must rally the human resources of our country and world again and and create new industries based on cheap, clean, renewable energy. By doing this, we will both protect our environment and take another quantum leap into the future.