M.E. Webber, August 2017 (Citation)
The most important lever that the DOE controls is research and development, or R&D, investments through national labs and grants to outside institutions. Despite some high-profile, expensive failures such as trying to make liquid fuels from coal, our national innovation system—a public-private-academic partnership—is what should drive the future.
M.E. Webber. “What the Next Forty Years of the Department of Energy Should Bring.” Texas Monthly. August 2017.