the problem is actually our dependance on big oil. we cant live without it.
we get most of our oil from the ghuwar fields in saudi arabia, which btw, is almost pumped dry. the alaskan oil fields can only produce about 1/20 of the oil we, as americans, consume everyday. so that is kind of not even a factor. AND on top of the fact that the saudi's are assholes and sell oil at higher prices just becuz their prince died, every oil refinery is the gulf is dead, the main port that we ship almost all of our oil through is dead (new orleans), and the "strategic oil reserve" only has enough oil to last us 43.5 days..... we are pretty much screwed!
here's some number's for you:
ghuwar fields are said to have 270 billion barrels left
alaska has about 10 billion barrels
the strategic oil reserve has 750 Million barrels left
the us ALONE uses 17 MILLION barrels a day
do you think we are a little dependent?
it's time for us to finally GO to alternative fuels, not research (becuz its already been done), but actually GO to full-fledged alternative fuels. skip over the "hybrid" shit, we have the technology to jump straight into hydrogen or whatever, we just need to get off our asses and build to infastucture!
of course, people are like, "but hydrogen is dangerous to transport and use.... "
"really, dumb shit? so is gasoline! we got over it and look were we are, everyone uses it! whoop-dee frickin doo!"
in conclusion, we NEED to get off our asses and do something. you and i both know that gas isnt ever going to go back down to $2.00, hell it may stay at $4.00, are you comfortable with that?