The president’s talk about the government’s role in the race for space is intended to make the link between his “investments” in “clean energy” and that great American achievement. But unless his “clean energy” spending actually leads to something that both works and is economically viable, the analogy will break down. It’s fine to talk about electric vehicles as the “Apollo Projects” of our time. But Apollo actually took us to the moon. All “clean energy” has given us so far is the ethanol boondoggle and other projects that haven’t done the job.