Perhaps the person who wrote the press release is to blame. I mean I like the optimism, but these kids have no idea what they are talking about. Gasoline powered vehicles will be with us for a long time to come, and will still be the MAIN transportation technology in 2015.
"Teens' belief that science and technology may hold the answers to our biggest societal challenges is encouraging," (Lemelson-MIT Program Director) Flemings added.
The Lemelson program believes in great inventions and innovations. I think that these are absolutely needed in critical areas, but please don't give me the old "technology will solve all our problems and absolve us from all our sins" line. Frankly, I am tired of listening to that. Technology changes are much needed but will not solve all out problems. If we are not ready to change our behavior and reign in our consumption, no amount of technological progress can help us. Sorry to disappoint, but it's time to stop drinking the "technology" kool-aid for all our problems.