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The warning bells could hardly be louder: oil at $90 dollars a barrel on Friday and polar bears bobbing on too little ice.

If global warming and war in the Middle East were provoked by a century of fossil fuels and cars, just maybe changing cars can change the problem.

The race is on for cars that would turn their back on oil, and radically trim their impact on the earth. Detroit has not led — but it could. America has not been the winner, but it might.

This hour, On Point: for the planet, for the country, for a 21st century ride — the global race for the car of the future.Guests:

Vijay Vaitheeswaran, co-author of "Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future."

Joseph White, Detroit bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, in Japan for the Tokyo Car Show.

Peter Coy, economics editor at Business Week.

This program aired on October 22, 2007.

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