Dear Mr. President;
I'm not sure you're aware of this, but gas station owners are buying big plastic threes for their signs because prices are going to go up, Up, UP. They're projected to hit $3 a gallon this summer.
Why wouldn't they?
Oil is a limited resource with a plethora of new consumers.
While you shake hands with the Saudi royals, ask yourself a question: How many people live in China? The answer is one point three billion.
Ten years ago, the roads in China were filled with bikes, not cars. Now, American drivers are competing with new Chinese drivers for gas.
What about India? There's another billion people living there - expected to reach a population of 1.5 billion in our lifetime. How much oil does their economy eat up?
What about the rest of the third world?
Gas prices may go back down below $2 a gallon, but they won't stay there long. There's too much new competition for a very limited resource. Competition that's never going to go away.
That's reality. You can debate it as much as you like, but the fact remains that oil consumption is only going to increase. Drastically. The increase in China alone is horrifying when you think about it - though most never do...
And yet - American reliance on oil oil oil has no end in sight.
So, Mr. President, what are you going to do about it?
Here's a hint: asking the Saudis to pump more oil isn't the answer.
when the polar caps start to melt, when we are forced to notice the effects of unchecked oil burning - only then will we take action.
20+ years or so.