We all took economics 101, right? We all understand the basics of supply and demand, I hope? It seems pretty logical to me that if we reduced demand then prices would drop. (Yeah, I know there are other factors afoot, but still.) This doesn't seem to be rocket science.
Why in the fuck am I not seeing headlines that say "President Encourages Oil Conservation"? It seems like he should be going on national television and making a speech that sounds something like this:
"We're all hurt by rising oil prices. Blah blah blah. I'm asking all Americans to pull together in an effort to cut back on petroleum consumption. Blahtity blah. Here are some things we can all do:
- Carpool. Blah blah saves trips blah.
- Slow down. Mumble mumble blah.
- Combine trips. Skip non-essential trips. Telecommute if you can. Blah blah blah.
- Walk, ride a bike, or take public transit. Blah mumble blah.
- Favor fuel-efficient vehicles. If you have two cars, take the one that's more efficient. If you're considering buying a car, choose the one that gets better gas mileage. Blah blah.
Starting immediately, there will be a $1000 surcharge for the purchase of any new vehicle with an average fuel efficiency of less than 20 MPG. Vehicles that average over 30 MPG will receive a $1000 tax credit. Revenues from this program will help fund an energy Manhattan Project to encourage petroleum conservation and fuel efficiency.
These are challenging times, but if we all pull together we can help reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Blah bah blah."
This is completely rhetorical, of course-- Shrub is so deep in the pockets of big oil that he can't get their dicks out of his mouth. Still, it would be the right thing to do.