So, I’m wont to nerd-out while waiting in the dentist’s office and perusing Road & Track. My not-so-secret car fetish makes me one of the few people I know who would admit to wanting an Audi A8, and that puts me in funny position vis-a-vis my environmentalist leanings (nb. I have a car which I drive about once every three weeks). In the midst of the current economic climate (cloudy with a chance of meatballs?) I was struck when Mitt Romney, at a debate last week in Michigan, stated that he would seek to stimulate the abysmally mismanaged American automotive industry by undoing recent bipartisan legislation to increase milage standards. I’m unclear when exactly innovation (even when forced by legislation) became so economically problematic. Mr. Romney might be better off promising to incentivize progress toward lower or zero emissions cars, rather than making a nonsense promise which flies in the face of every possible type of logic. It’s like saying, “I’ll give you cash to keep making the same cars that nobody is buying in the first place.” Anyway, I digress, but I did so to prove to you that I’m advocating for monstrosities (on every level) like the Hummer H2. I like cars, but the fact is that I’m most excited about the prospect of novel automotive technologies as a potential area for reinvigorating American tech and manufacturing sectors as well as reducing our impact on the environment. To wit, Wired has a really good automotive blog which I’ve recently started reading semi-religiously. Maybe you should too.