Energy Victory author Robert Zubrin writes on NRO:
The Islamists are rich in oil. We are rich in coal and biomass. If we want to win against them, we need to take action that increases the value of our resources while decreasing the value of theirs. Coal and biomass can both easily be turned into alcohol fuels. But the cars on the road today can't use alcohol fuels. By making it a standard that any car sold in the USA be flex fueled — i.e. capable of running on either alcohol or gasoline — we will make flex fuel the international standard, and force gasoline to compete at the pump against alcohol everywhere in the world. In doing so, we will open the world fuel market up to what WE have, not just what THEY have. That's how we win. If we don't do that, they will win.
So it comes down to this: Who do you want to win, us or them?