To those of you who have read, or are reading/ristening to The World is Flat, you will be very interested in this. It is an interview with Thomas Friedman. While it is largely a gloom and doom piece about the need for an energy program (possibly with good reason), there are some interesting tidbits.
For instance: he calls for the creation of an "energy Axis" between the West, India, and China to develop alternative energy and become independent of Middle East oil within ten years.
And of course the World is Flat view shines through throughout as he calls for more science education.
NPR : Thomas Friedman and Energy Independence