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May 21st, 2008
05:20 PM ET

What should the U.S. do now to address future oil shortages?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The day of reckoning may soon be upon us. Crude oil hit a record high of more than $133 a barrel today, after a government report that stockpiles of gas and oil have fallen unexpectedly.

But that's not the worst of it. Fears of oil shortages within 5 years actually pushed long-term oil futures to almost $140 a barrel yesterday. The Financial Times reports veteran traders say they've never seen such a jump, and that they believe more and more investors are betting that oil production will soon peak.

One influential investor says he thinks oil prices will hit $150 a barrel by the end of the year. And Goldman Sachs is predicting oil could top $200 a barrel within two years, which could mean gasoline at $7 or $8 a gallon.

All this comes as global demand for oil is increasing much faster than supply, especially in places like China, India, the Middle East and South America.

Crude oil prices have more than doubled just in the past year... something most Americans have felt at the pump, with a gallon of gas now costing $3.81 on average. According to AAA, the price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline hit a record high for the 14th day in a row. That has never happened before. What will we do when gas hits $7 a gallon?

Here’s my question to you: What should the U.S. be doing now to address possible oil shortages within five years?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Deb from Lancaster, Pa. writes:
1) We must work to decrease our mental as well as physical dependence on fossil fuels. 2) Invest beaucoup bucks in alternative fuel production. 3) Put the automakers' feet to the fire: The technology for very efficient cars exists – Quit kowtowing to Big Oil and make these cars happen NOW. 4) Elect OBAMA! He gets it and won't have to genuflect before any lobbyists, giving us all a chance to finally get this stuff done. Our grandchildren's future depends on it.

Tom from New Jersey writes:
Jack, our foreign policy of (literally and figuratively) holding hands with the Saudis and other oil produces, as well as huge oil corporations, is the primary reason why we have this problem. The only thing the government needs to do is stop being sweethearts with the oil industry, and let alternative options have a chance.

Deanne from Baytown, Texas writes:
I think we should start making cities and towns more walker and biker friendly. I live only 10 minutes from where I work and I would walk if there were sidewalks. That way we could save gas and at the same time cut down on heart disease.

Kevin from Delaware writes:
Jack, We should open up Alaska and the Eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil exploration. All we have to do is say we are going to do it and this could make us oil independent. Prices would drop just on the threat.

Mark writes:
Jack, It’s simple: hourly workers should be given the option to work 4 10-hour work days versus 5 day work weeks and telecommuting should be supported through government tax incentives… Americans already work more than any other industrialized nation and we would see a dramatic decrease in our oil requirements.

Michael from Skowhegan, Maine writes:
Jack, What Americans have always done: complain when they pay up at the pump, then drive off in their SUVs shaking their heads at the price.

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  1. Marie

    Same thing we should have done a decade ago: move to alternative energy. Drilling ANWAR is going for oil shale is just a quick fix that doesn't remove the fact that fossil fuels are going to be used up. If we started on alternative enrgy in 2000, we would have a decent alternative to these gas prices by now.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  2. Ed Reed

    Increase fuel efficiency standards for automobiles and invest in public transportation; however, that takes politicians who believe government can solve problems. Unfortunately, most Americans have been deceived into believing government is the problem.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    May 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  3. Deb from Lancaster, PA

    There is no silver bullet, and a many-faceted approach is the only way.

    1) We must work to decrease our mental as well as physical dependance on fossil fuels. We need to think differently. Make fewer trips, walk more, drive less. Invest in educational programs to help Americans individually downsize their "carbon footprint."

    2) Invest beaucoup bucks in alternative fuel production. Not just ethanol, which is only a very small part of the equation, but in solar, wind, and (yes!) nuclear sources for our nations power needs. Explore for more domestic oil to help through the transition process.

    3) Put the automakers' feet to the fire: The technology for very efficient cars exists – Quit kowtowing to Big Oil and make these cars happen NOW.

    4) Elect OBAMA! He gets it and won't have to genuflect before any lobbyists, giving us all a chance to finally get this stuff done.

    Our grandchildren's future depends on it.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  4. Dan, Chantilly Va

    How about the complete opposite of what we're currently doing? The government needs to invest more in long-term solutions instead of short-term fixes that have long-term side effects (i.e. ethanol fuel, hydrogen fuel, ANWR drilling). As a people we need to start driving more efficiently and stop buying SUVs that get <15 mpg. We also need to elect members of congress who are not in the pocket of big oil. And it's probably about time we reopen the nuclear power debate. It's cheap, it's efficient and the dangers can be easily mitigated.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  5. Harold from Anchorage

    Start-up plants to turn coal into gasoline.It's not rocket science; the Germans used the process over 60 years ago in WWII when allied bombing prevented their import of petroleum. And we've got a LOT of coal. Beats going to war with everyone. It's a no brainer..

    May 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  6. Michael In Maine

    Jack,
    What Americans have always done. Complain when they pay up at the pumps. then drive off in their SUV's shaking their heads at the price.

    Michael In Skowhegan Maine

    May 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  7. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Well,Jack,it is about 30 years too late. When we had the oil crisis in the 1970's Jimmy Carter tried to come up with a long-term energy plan. It included gas mileage,alternative fuels,wind-power,solar-power and local exploration of new sources of energy. When Reagan became president,he bowed to the oil and gas industry and eliminated any energy policy that would have cut into their profits. As a result,we are at this inevitable crossroads today. There is nothing we can do now as the time for action and opportunity has passed America,get used to having less and paying much more for it. This is the legacy of Ronald Reagan.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  8. Gigi in Alabama

    There's not much we can do. We should have listened to Jimmy Carter years ago. Instead we (the American media and people) laughed at him and kept on buying those gas guzzling SUV's and monster trucks. Personally, I drive a KIA Rio and still find it difficult to afford fuel for the little thing.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  9. KC - Ohio

    #1... Lift the EPA restrictions that congress has been laying down for the last several years..

    #2... Start drilling...

    #3.... Get to work on the best alternative to gas propelled vehicles (hydrogen).. and get grants, and incentives to organizations who can develope something long-term, much like Honda in Japan has just announced.. Expensive to start, but they have got the ball rolling..

    Look at what the Marshall Act has done... The recipients (Japan and Germany) have both, out-engineered the USA and are on the cutting-edge of all technology.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  10. Amnesty IS Treason

    people should wake up and ask themselves do they really need to use their vehicle or could they walk to the store or to what ever function they are attending!

    p.s. were i live the transit system is a night mare and the city council promotes it and when you complain they say they are working on their web site to make it user friendly but still not fixed five years later!

    May 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  11. Greg ...Cabot AR

    Mandate fuel conservation policies on all government vehicles, start with buying more fuel efficient automobiles.....

    Mandatory training for every public employee that drives taxpayer owned vehicles to improve their driving habits and conserve gas...

    Implement energy cost saving practices in all Government facilities...

    Lead us by example, not more regulations or recomendations...

    Then address the issues of what ELSE we can do besides paying more for what we need to survive....

    May 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  12. Dick B

    I would tell Iraq to pump oil until the sun don't shine. Instead of using our troops for target practice put them on the pipelines and glut the world with that black sticky stuff.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  13. Joe in DE

    Increase incentive for alternative power.

    Tax low milage vhicls.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  14. Lori/Battle Creek, MI

    If McCain wins the general election I will move south since I will be forced to ride a bike or walk when the gas prices double.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  15. Kevin in Mass

    Raise the price of oil, That's what everyone else is doing. Congress and the Senate should be fired and sent home period. The 545 members have done more to screw up this country than an army of George Bush's. They have the best pensions, best healthcare, big paychecks, and more time off than any working slob in America. It is time to clean house and start over. Can you say term limits?

    May 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  16. Jon from Austin, TX

    How about passing legislation that forces vehicles sold in the U.S. to achieve better fuel efficiency over the next 5 years?

    Also, individuals who purchase vehicles that get less than 20 mpg should have to pay a 'gas guzzler' tax annually unless its used for the purposes of work (ie: working on a farm, etc). This gas tax would help discourage people from buying those type of vehicles and could help subsidize a better tax rebate annually for those purchasing vehicles getting more than 30 mpg.

    Investing in the advancement of alternative fuel sources would hasten products and vehicles to the market that would reduce our demand for oil.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  17. Mark from Yuba City, CA

    Take the country back from the hardcore NIMBY and rabid enviromentalists. Energy availability is a national and urgent priority. Quit blaming the oil companies for this problem. We created it–we need to solve it.

    1) Open the coastal waters to drilling.
    2) Open ANWR to drilling.
    3) License building of new nucleur plants.
    4) Large wind farms on coastal waters and open plains.
    5) Oil Import Fees for imported oil. Yes–raise the prices further. It surprises me we still have traffic jams here in CA. We need to get more people into pooling and mass-transit. There has yet to be a fundamental large shift in people's behaviors other than complaining.
    6) Boost refining capacity. Need more refineries to process the oil.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  18. Harry

    Stop driving gas guzzlers.
    Stop endless grazing at the buffet table.
    Stop unnecessary trips.
    Keep the air conditioner at 78 in summer and heat at 65 in winter.

    There is a lot of things that the American people can do right now, but won't. Gasoline will be nearer to $3 a gallon than $4 by the election and everyone will be happy.

    Harry
    Ky.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  19. Tom - Virginia

    Jack –

    We should have listened to Jimmy Carter 30 years ago. We should have listened to Al Gore 10 years ago, We should listen to Barack Obama now!!

    1) Invest $150 Billion over 10 Years in Clean Energy; 2) Double Energy Research and Development Funding; 3) Invest in a Skilled Clean Technologies Workforce; Convert our Manufacturing Centers into Clean Technology Leaders; 4) Clean Technologies Deployment Venture Capital Fund; 5) Require 25 Percent of Renewable Electricity by 2025; and 6) Develop and Deploy Clean Coal Technology.

    If we act now we have a chance.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  20. Jacklyn in NC

    Jack, I think we are way to dependent on foreign oil in countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq. I think we should open up the oil reserves and work on diplomacy to open up negotiations with these countries. In other words, "Can't we all get alone."

    May 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  21. paul oregon

    we need to do what ever it takes to be proud americans again. the only other chose is to let the clintons and mcbushes have there way
    and we all lose

    May 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  22. Holly

    Make Halliburton cover every building in the south and west with solar panels. Hey, it'd be a good start!

    May 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  23. Chryssa

    We need to start investing in public transportation. If we wait around till everyone's convinced it's a good idea, it'll be too late. We won't be able to afford to sit around while major systems are developed.

    Boise, Idaho

    May 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  24. Tom - Las Vegas, Nevada

    They need to continue to look for other options. Most of the options out there are untested for impact. How money people worried about the impact that corn based ethanol would have on world wide food prices five years ago? Solar, wind, geo-thermal, and other options need to be more fully explored and we need to keep looking for even more options. There isn't going to be a single answer to our need for energy in the future.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  25. Cliff Dick

    the Democratic Congress should roll out their Plan they promised during the last Congressionl election cycle.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  26. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    Kick the Texas oil man out of the White House and elect a President who will make a serious push towards alternative energy sources. Five years is more than enough time to implement some of the alternative energy sources out ther right now. But first we must get rid of the one person who's standing in the way of progress in this country.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  27. Holly, Columbia SC

    Make Halliburton cover every building in the south and west with solar panels. Hey, it’d be a good start!

    May 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  28. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Two words: Join OPEC! 🙂

    May 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  29. Jerry Hawthorne Ca

    Don't take life for granted. This should be an eye-opener for all of us. If this and Bush's policies did not do the trick then we are in for a long haul. And everybody should hold on to their seat belt tight . This is good old days God have mercy on us all in the world.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  30. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    If they are smart they are looking for cars that get better gas mileage or some that don't use gas at all. They also need to think about all the things made with oil not just gasoline or diesel. All the plastics, medicines, glue, lipstick, carpet, credit cards, fertilizer, insect repellent and the list goes on. We all need to think about recycling, conserving and alternative methods of transportation like electric cars and hydrogen cars and electric driven public transportation. We need to start thinking outside of the box and not just as individuals but as a nation.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  31. mitch martin arkansaw

    i recommend we all buy scooters.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  32. Allan,Cameron Park, Ca.

    1st there is no shortage, even Saudi Arabia admits this. It is just a big scam. There is more oil available now to provide us at least 50 years of oil. Every other means of propelling cars uses more energy than it makes.
    We make ethanol from corn when sugar cane is 6 times more productive, and there are doubts already that in the future we will find it more destructive to the envirement than was MTBE.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  33. Marina in North Carolina

    1. The government needs to cut its ties with the oil industry and stop subsidizing their profits. The oil and energy companies certainly care nothing about America and Americans and we should pay them the same regard.
    2. The government needs to invest in renewable energy research.
    3. The government needs to provide true and substantive tax incentives to companies and individuals for going green. (The incentives offered on hybrid vehicles were truly an insult.)
    4. Since the government is typically the biggest offender of not getting on board of its own mandates, towns, cities, counties, and states must all put together plans and set deadlines for going green – from using solar panels or windmills, to having emission free public transportation.

    Nothing will happen though until this administration has left office. They are so rooted in the oil and energy industries that they have no interest or desire to do what is right for this country, its citizens, and the world at large.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  34. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Get out of the Middle East, stop threatening to sue OPEC, and use diplomacy.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  35. Conor in Chicago

    I think we should conquer an oil producing nation so that we can install a friendly government that will give us fair prices for decades to come. Oh wait! Sorry-yeah, we already did that and it didn't work at all. Sorry.

    Well, we could raise fuel efficiency standards in cars and invest heavily in alternative fuels. Oh wait! Sorry, that's right-the oil companies and our political corporations all have a vested interest in keeping the status quo as it is for their own profit-no matter what they say on camera.

    Well, I guess its revolution then hey! Oh sorry, I didn't realize you were watching American Idol...

    May 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  36. John

    Let's learn from Brazil and do it.
    Imagin the 500 billion spent in Iraq if it were spent for alternate energy
    we could have done it. And this America anything is possible.Still we
    have time. Instead of thinking about Alaska think about Brazil.
    I was really surprised to see it on CNN how they don't import
    a drop of oil.
    Saint Louis MO.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  37. sarah, Indiana

    heres a thought...... outlaw big honkin gas guzzlin status symbol 4X4s, invest in alternative, sustainable energy, and put more electric powered cars on the market, .. oh yeah and maybe we could put a stop to oil companies buying elections for politicians who would then live in said oil companies pockets.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  38. Ryan, Champaign IL

    Well, the Bush administration derailed the electric car, fuel economy standards and our ability to weigh leverage on OPEC. Their answer has been to relocate some Elk and deregulate the industry. Getting the crooks out of office is the first step to preparedness, followed by all of us standing up and stating that we are ready to reduce/change our consumption responsibly.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  39. David Alexandria, VA

    What we should have been doing for the past 6 presidents and 30 years - put a major emphasis on alternative fuels and better energy management on the personal and industrial levels. Nothing is going to keep us out of $5/gal gasoline. But, if we really invest in other ways to produce energy and manage our use, there will at least be light at the end of the tunnel. While we're at it, maybe someone can explain what's really going on to drive $130/bbl oil - we're not getting the straight scoop from anyone.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  40. Raymond Duke/Gatesville,Tx.

    Start drilling the oil in Alaska and of the coasts of this country and tell the "Latta" drinkers to suck it up. If them fools want to not drill on their land and off the U.S. coast then let them pay $8.00 a gallon to follow fat Al gore and Fat Teddy and nancy and we will pay two dollars a gallon and let them drill on our land and coast. Oh yeah, lets let them racist coal miners in west virginia and kentucy provide all the coal they want. Heck we will be glad to use it down south and in the midwest. These people voted their hearts and are called racist for helping provide this country with energy. I reckon what you call the blacks who voted 90% across the board for Barack, not racist surely. I guess highly educated stewards of energy.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  41. DAD in Hollis, NH

    We should be doing what we needed to do in the seventies.

    Increase supply by drilling where the oil is regardless of what the Miami billionaires say. Start dispatching from the federal repository – NOW.

    Reduce demand by conservation efforts – Drive less by planning trips and for God’s sake SLOW DOWN. Start getting serious about alternate energy technologies to reduce demand. Put up additional taxes for guzzlers’ (consumption based) anything from a SUV up to the tanks some people drive.

    It’s not too late to start. Has anybody studied economics?

    May 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  42. Mary - California

    We need to start putting resources to work in this Country to provide our own gas and upgrading vehicles with better mileage. Americans need to come together and quit spending time complaining about the rising cost in oil. It is evident so far that Opec is not interested in our
    concerns for the price of gas at the pump.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  43. Simone from New Jersey

    I think people need to stop blaming and complaining, and take a good, long look at the amount of oil they consume. If we are really honest with ourselves, I'm sure there are ways we can significantly reduce the amount of oil we consume. Yes, life may not be quite as convenient, but it won't exactly be hard either.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  44. Annie, Atlanta

    Think outside the lines; and don't elect oilmen. We have enough highly educated and innovate people right here to wipe out our dependence on oil completely. Making the grasp the Arabs have around our necks go away would be a side benefit, along with the creation of new American jobs. What are we waiting for, the last drop to be pumped from the ground?

    May 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  45. Paul from Houma, Louisiana

    I think we should do a Manhattan style project. Pick the Top 25 unique technologies that are renewable over long terms and put a billion into research on implementing each of them nationwide. We also need to avoid technologies that require crops since we need those for food and food is more important.

    Then of those pick the Top 5 best choices that can be implemented in a relatively short time frame and give them collectively 250 billion to launch in all the top U.S. cities, working down the city list by most populated. That would jump start the process. We don't need 1 solution, we need several to ensure we don't end up like this again down the line.

    Then I think we should donate the specs and roll out plans to these 5 technologies to every country on the planet for free so that everyone can benefit and help the environment. Also makes us look good at the same time.

    We have wasted a lot more money in other places, these seems like a worthwhile endeavor to help our society and the world. This would show real U.S. leadership to help make the world a better place. Lead by example not by words.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  46. UNKNOWN

    simple JACK

    1.) increase minimal wage
    2.) 7.5% increase of pay for the military
    3.) impreach the president
    4.) fire every in congress and the senate
    5.) hire Lou dobbs as president
    and end this war in Iraq to me that is the main reason oil is where it is in price the saudis got this thing figure out we can't make you leave Iraq but we can sure raise the price of oil and make everyone else pay for the presidents mistake, but hey what do I know i'm just a struggling American

    May 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  47. John in San Diego

    Jack, the problem we have is reflected in your question. We need a comprehensive – even painful – national energy policy that looks way beyond a short-sighted five years.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  48. Robert Biers

    Accident Maryland,
    start drilling where they are holding off for enviromental reasons, do their own exploration and drilling in this country.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  49. Jayne in NH

    The current price of oil is being driven up more by speculation than consumption. Congress needs to step in and put the brakes on trading of vital commodities. They also need a serious investigation of oil company profits. It goes without saying we need an Apollo-style project devoted to energy independence. It should have begun in the 1970's and must now start immediately.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  50. Al, Lawrence KS

    If you listen to the politicians, wind is the answer. Funny, but I can't seem to find all of those windmill powered cars they all seem to be promoting. Honesty from our elected officials would be a great first step. But I keep hearing them say that wind and solar will solve all of our problems...and I just growl at the TV. Our vehicles are the problem...too many and not efficient enough. No amount of wind or solar power is going to solve the problems we face with oil. We solve this with alternate fuels, higher mileage, and conservation...and it's not really rocket science.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  51. Linda in Virginia

    What they should have done 20-30 years ago and that is work on alternative sources for the many ways that energy is needed. We are way behind the times that is obvious. Our country is in for a very rude awakening at this point and I direct the blame at our govt who could pull this country into the 21 century and should have done that before the 21 century was already here. Before you know it we will have citizens dieing of either heat or cold and citizen not being able to get to work and businesses falling apart because of this crisis. Our schools no doubt are feeling the squeeze with school buses and with the housing crisis govt and states will be feeling the pinch with no one to pay personal property taxes. How many crisis do we need at this point? I'd say we have plenty and they better get going quickly

    May 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  52. Charles Liken, Lansing, MI

    The obvious is what Europe started doing right after World War II. We should be putting huge sums into alternative energy i.e. nuclear, wind, sun. Put nothing into Ethanol. If it can't exist without subsidy it shouldn't exist. And most importantly fuel standards must be increased. Forty miles per gallon within five years.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  53. MD

    M D in Atlanta:

    In the US one of the simplist things we (the American people) could do is quit buying these hugh SUV's and trucks. There was a time when trucks were for work.

    Also, how is it that back in the 50's and 60's, when families were much, much larger than they are today, we somehow got along within a Navigator or an Escalade. They don't dominate the highways (or block vision for that matter) in other countries.

    That would be a small start and something we all could do. But what do I know. I'm just a regular old car driver...

    May 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  54. Conservative -CA

    Mandate solar panels on new homes.

    Mandate business owners whom own commercial buildings to upgrade into solar energy buildings yearly; and 100% solar energy requirement by 36months.

    Require deadlines for existing homeowners for yearly upgrades into solar energy.

    Give 1 tax incentive to each homeowner with full government satisfaction of solar panel homes.

    Overhaul the energy infrastructure into fuel free policies, and gas stations nationwide. Require gas stations for immediate or yearly upgrades due in 36months.

    Require vehicle manufacturer's dealers to sell a minimum of 80% fuel efficient (50mpg) vehicles at every dealer's lot.

    Tax auto dealers that stock and sell less than 80% of fuel efficient (50mpg) vehicles.

    Give yearly tax incentives to those dealers that sell more than 90% of fuel efficient vehicles from total inventory.

    Give tax incentive for purchasing a fuel efficient (50mpg) vehicle.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  55. Steve Idaho

    The shortage is just another trumped up excuse by the oil companies to continue raising prices. America needs to get out of the Stone Age, Europe and China have had magnetic train technology for decades, there cars are all more or fuel-efficient and there's far more healthy people over there walking or riding bikes to get around.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  56. roger dowdle lockhart, tx

    The technology is out there to increase vehicle milage by a lot, but the manufacturers aren't going to do more than pay lip service unless they are forced to. Require all small cars to increase mileage, mid sized to do the same, and luxury cars and all trucks to increase mileage. No more averaging mileage along the whole range! Move to wind, solar, and nuclear tech. Give tax rebates for conversion of homes to solar energy- netting a dual benefit- lower electric ills and rebates. Develop mass transit that is efficient!

    May 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  57. Paul from Columbia, SC

    Pray: for a "real" leader who gets it.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  58. Bob from Richmond VA

    Two words Jack – start drilling! Just the fact that we are going to create more supply should get a lot of the speculation out of the oil market.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  59. Jerry

    Remind me if I'm wrong , but didn't we use to mine coal for
    energy a long time ago?

    Jerry
    Roselle, Illinois

    May 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  60. Herb in Texas

    3 easy steps:

    All vehicles driven must be free and clear of loans... paid for

    All drivers must be legal US citizens

    Drill our own oil, we have plenty

    May 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  61. Billy G in Las Vegas

    I doubt that many people drive more than 100 miles a day so producing a plugin electric car like an updated EV1 would make a huge dent in fuel consumption. I'm an urban driver and would pay a premium for such a car.

    kind of makes you wonder why Detroit isn't producing a plugin electric when the technology is available, doesn't it? or why General Motors destroyed all the EV1's they made for the California market?

    May 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  62. Terry in Virginia

    We have tons of coal in this country. Converting shale to oil would provide jobs and energy. We have oil off our coasts. I'm against drilling in ANWAR in order to preserve our last vestige of frontier but if we need it, we need it. We have the technology and the intelligence to create oil out of chicken grease, garbage, etc. We just don't do it and we've been talking about this since the 70s. Until we take profit out of it for our elected officials and their lobbyists, nothing's going to change. Let's start by putting the CEOs of the big profit-making oil companies in jail for price gouging and taxing the hell out of their profits. Make energy speculation illegal just like gambling is in many states. It's time for a revolution in this country and time to be the innovative, honorable nation that America once was.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  63. Ralph in New York

    Jack, most important we should increase research into alternative fuels so that our dependence on oil is less. Second, we should insist that because of the troops and money we have spent in their region, Saudi Arabia and Iraq should give us oil at much lower prices if not free. It is time we stop begging those oil-supplying countries throughout the world who look to us for friendship and security.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  64. Ed, Allentown, PA

    I believe that the nation needs to reinvent the energy business. If oil company executives don’t wish to participate in this new model then their businesses will go the way of the buggy-whip industry. A new, major government initiative, a Manhattan Project styled program, that throws bucket-loads of money at a private sector eager to embrace the future will provide the nation with way out of this oil crunch. One thing is certain, hydrocarbons are the past. The oil executives should take a page from Big Tobacco and look their own deportment as their industry is about to sink beneath the weight of its own greed.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  65. gina

    Jack...

    We need more electric cars, with gasoline back-up used only for emergencie's.

    If that fails,....get a horse!

    Gina
    Reno
    Nv.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  66. J Buch

    Does anyone see a gas station w/a line of cars awating gas? NO.
    Regulation is needed against those speculators filling their bellies at the expense of good decent people. This greed is 50% of the rise in Oil.
    Joan B
    Mn

    May 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  67. Brent in Ohio

    Oil drilled in the USA needs to stay in the USA and not be sold overseas because the oil companies can make a larger profit.

    Brent in Ohio

    May 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  68. Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    Did anyone tell you how missed you were yesterday?
    I did I missed hearing you with the others after the primary.
    I really think its too late to worry about our oil shortage by talking to the people of OPEC or EXXON or those people its time to take it to the public. HEMP NOW WILL CLEAN THE AIR AND GIVE US NEW RENEWAL ENGERY AND OTHER PRODUCTS ALREADY IN OTHER COUNTRIES. HENRY FORD MADE THE FIRST HEMP CAR BACK IN 1915 IF HE DID IT BACK THEN WE WOULD NOT BE IN THIS MESS

    May 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  69. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Lets stop the auto makers from producing these gas guzzlers, and educate the American public to purchase fuel efficient vehicles. Make the builders of single family dwellings use solar energy panels in their new construction. Lower the speed limit to 55mph. I could go on and on and so could you and everyone that writes in, is anyone in Washington D.C. listening ?

    May 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  70. john marlton, nj

    If we remove politics from the equation the solution is simple, increase supply, reduce demand or some combination of both. If all else fails, take the lids off the silos, fire up the ICBM’s, aim them at the middle east, and say, eenee, meanee, minee, moe please let me know if the OPEC cartel will stay or go?

    May 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  71. Jan from Ohio

    Well, Jack;

    Congress needs to mandate the auto-industry to produce more fuel-efficiant vehicles – as well as provide tax credits to those who do. THEN, America needs to follow the Brazillian's lead by producing sustainable, renewable cellulosic ethanol (ie: switchgrass, hemp – once it's legalized here in the US – , waste-biomass, etc. – NOT corn). This is do-able, but it WILL be painful in the beginning, but it IS do-able!
    And, as said by others previously, install solar panels and wind turbines in every city, in every state – once they've been made affordable to the general public; ALSO, granting tax-rebates/incentives to the manufacturers AND the consumers.

    It could work...IF we WANT it to!

    Obama + Change in '08!

    May 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  72. Marcus mt.olive

    How about digging some wells,the usa has oil reserves but thanks to the democrats they are off limits;;

    May 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  73. Ray { Chesapeake City }

    We should stop buying all oil from overseas, and not ship any oil overseas. Rely on Alaska, Texas, Oklahoma, and all off shore rigs. Start drilling, and tell the American public, and buisness to come up with a better energy source. At the same time any country that wants us to refine crude for them we get a percentage of the product { which we should all ready be getting}. Then raise the price of this service to help offset the cost of developing a new energy source.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  74. Linda Richards

    First and most important, mandate higher MPG's. Next, either make oil companies pay windfall profit tax, give up subsidies or make alternative fuels available at their filling stations. Then go to the farms that are subsidized and demand that they grow crops on the acreage they get subsidies for. Prohibit saying bad things about Chavez; we might need his oil. And, finally, hang a few commodities traders, stockbrokers and hedge fund managers just to send a message. If that doesn't work, try rationing. Linda, Woodbury, NJ

    May 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  75. Dan, Webster NY

    Simple Jack.,

    Congress passes the law that, like Brazil, mandates all new cars sold in the US to be flex-fuel (gasoline, methanol, alcohol and ethanol) cars starting now. That will spur the alcohol and methanol industries. These products can be made from anything and that is something the US has plenty of. Refineries for these products are relatively inexpensive to build. This will create the 1st real competition for oil. Right now there is none. If there are cars to use the product, the product will be made and the pumps will be installed. Any politician that can’t see this wisdom does not deserve to be in office.

    America and its allies won WWII because the Allies controlled the world oil supply. Right now, the world oil suppliers are controlling America. If we continue to have just one fuel source, oil, who do YOU think will win?

    May 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  76. mitch martin arkansaw

    we should keep iraq.we paid for it.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  77. Alan, Buxton, Maine

    It's a little late to start now but this country should be pursuing every available source of alternative energy with the goal of being completely independent from oil. If there were the will to invest the money, there are the innovators and there is the technology to succeed. I don't predict that our politicians will cut the oil umbilical cord anytime soon but it could certainly be done.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  78. Antonia in Bristol Virginia

    It's time to elect a charasmatic, visionary leader to reduce our dependence on oil within the next five to ten years. We must do this to survive . . . and prosper.

    Four decades ago, a young American president challenged this country to go the moon within the 1960's. President Kennedy said, "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."

    May 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  79. Mello Doug, NM

    Despite what so many seem to say we have got to get away from oil. It is not going to get better no matter how much is drilled and where the oil comes from. There is going to be a point when the wells go dry; then what? We need to invest heavily in alternative energy sources and stop producing vehicles that are V8, v10s and up. No one NEEDS a high performance vehicle. Business people do not need to fly all the time. Computers can do wonders. People need to change their life styles...and get a grip.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  80. guy

    oh the joys of suburban living ! Where are the public transport again? Trains, buses ? This country was build for individual cars, it will come to a halt because of that.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  81. Kathy Omaha

    Dig out the hitching posts and have the city install them again. Buy a horse and treat it well. Allow more time communting. Start working your city council to repeal any laws on the books against having a horse in your backyard. Get to know a farmer with hay.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  82. George

    I don't have a clue as to what to do about the oil shortage, but i do know what I would never do, and that is to let the oil industry figure it out, been there, done that...

    May 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  83. Hubert Bertrand

    We should make our kids pay for their gas, I've heard this: They're not going to stop me from driving my (SUV) they jump in their car, and away they go, Like they did a big deal.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  84. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Short term: stop making it so hard to license nuclear power plants and grant major tax breaks for installing solar and wind technology. long term; A manhatan project for energy independence that looks at nuclear fusion, ocean current and tidal energy, and ethanol from algae. Anything that might work should be tried. If attaching methane collectors to cows' butts works, do that too!

    May 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  85. Ray Kinserlow

    In the short run, tax the bejesus out of oil and gas guzzlers to encourage conservation. In the long run, tax breaks for those that do things which lower our dependence on foreign oil.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    May 21, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  86. Nancy, Tennessee

    Americans need to postpone vacations for a year or two, people joy-riding need to stay off the streets, people need to plan ahead and do all the errands in one trip out, and carpool when possible. This will help short term and for the long term, alternative fuels must become a reality. Hydrogen fuel cells can become a reality if we get the oil companies out of the way. Remember necessity is still the mother of invention and with $133/barrel of oil, necessity just spoke up.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  87. janet

    Clinton has every right to stay in.I hope she does.You just can't stand it.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  88. David NH

    Jack,

    I've already invested heavily in "nike" and I strongly urge you to as well before the stock price goes up.
    Other ideas, like they use in the Carribbean, add rum to the Vespa gas tank. It's cheaper and there's no shortage!

    May 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  89. Anders Scooper

    Jack, reduce usage by using more fuel efficient cars and trucks. More regulations to force auto manufacturers to make faster changes in fuel efficiency and conversion to other fuels. Hydrogen is probably best alternative for fuel in long term but hybred vehicles for short term while conversion takes place. Solar energy for homes is best alternative. Wind energy to generate electricity will help in some areas of the country. Some nuclear energy will have to be used also.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  90. JD, Winnipeg Canada

    Actually solutions are needed Jack. Hydrogen won't work (it's not a source of energy, it's a way to store energy from other sources like petroleum). 'Clean' Coal is an oxymoron if I've ever heard one, and natural gas is going to run out just after oil.

    We need to cut back usage immediately, create energy friendly homes and invest in alternate sources that will actually do something, things like solar, wind, and nuclear power.

    The only obstacle is oil companies stubbornly refusing to adopt new techniques. It's a lot easier for exxon-mobil to control oil than it is to control the sun.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  91. james hoffman, Prescott, MI

    Investigate the Future Stock Holders that are bidding the prices up and if it turns out to be the oil companies, have the justice department sue them out of business. Remember, It was Congress that allowed all the oil companies to merge over the years so that there is no competition today.

    jim, Michigan

    May 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  92. From California

    First off elect a democrat for president. We have already wasted eight years with oil men republicans.

    Next look at alternative energy sources: solar, wind and others.

    Encourage conservation through energy efficiency, public transportation.

    We have to change our life styles. This is too important to take lightly. There is not enough oil left on earth to support us all.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  93. DMAC in ID

    We are NOT short of oil in This country. But we have to many enviromentilists and the oil companies make to much money importing forgein and then exporting what we have. And it will not take 20 yrs to get oil out of ANWAR. Most of the pipeline is already laid.. Then no one wants to touch on all the oil we have in the lower 48. They keep saying no way don't let the people know,. They don't want to build any refineries either,. Just hang on to their money. It is time to raise the price of grain to the middle east to 130 a BU.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  94. Mark Dent

    I live in Windsor, Ontario , Canada. Across the river from Detroit. Canada has the second largest oil field (Tar Sands) in the world. It is more expensive to extract the oil than Saudi Arabia. However we supply the United States with 30 percent of their oil. As of today we are paying $4.90 a US gallon. So this talk about drilling and finding more oil will bring down prices is a big joke.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  95. JW Georgia

    This is the question of our time, isn't it? It's a shame we're so late thinking about perhaps maybe considering the question. Probably the best we can do now is becoming collecitvely aware that it doesn't take a four ton steel machine blowing cold air, moving 80 feet per second, spewing beautiful music as the driver chats on the cell phone to haul a typical overfed, overpaid, overweight, over-expectant single carcass to the ice cream store. If we can do this, maybe we can buy some time to find alternatives that might, MIGHT, allow most of us to survive....that is, if we don't continue to overpopulate the country with still more typical overfed and expectant carcasses.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  96. Julian, New Orleans

    Jack, there's not much we can do. And even if there was, nothing would happen. The Saudi's, the Russians, the Venezuelans, ect. will not increase output, not because they cant, but because they don't want to. Keeping production at the same will simply drive the prices up, therefore driving profits up. The higher demand and the less availability will continue to drive prices up. And the oil companies don't care because they also make record profits at the expense of the American people. So, in short, there is a shrinking light at the end of the tunnel.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  97. John Hopkins

    Others in this blog have listed several workable alternatives: more public transportation, drilling in Alaska, alternative fuels such as ethanol and butanol, and investment into research to develop cheaper and more efficient photovoltaic celss.

    The problem isn't that there aren't solutions out there; the problem is an utter lack of political will.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  98. Terri from Virginia

    1. Stop electing oil-men to office. Elect politicians who understand "We, the people" does not mean "We, big business" when it comes to making decisions affecting our nation and our lives.

    2. We, the people, need to start acting more responsibly with the natural resources rather than thinking we can do as we please and everything will just fall into place perfectly for us.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  99. Omar Baumann

    Why doesn't Hillary get out of the race? It's all abouot power and Bill is as much a part of it as she is. She refuses to believe she is a loser.

    Omar Baumann
    Houston, Tx.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  100. Lorenzo, Atlanta, Georgia

    There should be a cap on oil profits. After a certain percentage, profits should be filtered back into the pockets of Amercians so prices can go down.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  101. Bob Klepak

    Pull a reverse Bush. To combat the FLDS sect, we need to invade and occupy Saudi Arabia, the Emerits and Venezuela, of course. 100 years occupation or so should lower oil prices, Suck them dry of oil and make the world safe for Halliburton.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  102. John Kelty

    The US should stop complaining! I'm actually happy that oil prices are going up and I can barely afford gas. If gas was still at $1 per gallon there would be no incentive for anyone to start researching alternatives. Oil will not last forever, current US reserves wont last much longer than a decade. Asking other countries to increase production is asking them to run out of oil faster!

    John from San Francisco.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  103. Robert

    I lived in Switzerland for sometime and soon realized they know how to conserve in Europe. Here a real easy way to address the issue; Tie the cost of Automobile Lisence Renewal to the cubic size of the vehicles engine. Greater Displacement = Greater Polluter/Gas Guzzler.

    Also,..we need to ask ourselves do we really need V8, V10 and V12 enngines for normal passenger vehicles? If you properly tune a V6 there is more than enough power there.

    People who drive a vehicle 1800cc or less should get free lisence renewal!

    May 21, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  104. Richard

    Oil is not just a part of our life, it is part of this Nations National Security and Economy. As long as it is run by executives making billions, the average American will suffer.

    I think to protect our Country, we must Nationalize the Oil Companies just like Chavez did. Goes against every concept of Capitalism, but when a Nation is at state – which is more important, Profits or People?

    May 21, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  105. Erin

    3 keywords here Jack-
    lifestyle, lifestyle and lifestyle

    Unless we Americans get a handle on our gluttony, the other solutions are just band-aids

    May 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  106. JW Georgia

    Geothermal may be a partial answer. The earth is hot beneath our feet. The Mohorovicic Discontinuity is deep, but not that deep, and not beyond our capacity to drill to it. Earth-born heat might be enough to turn the big wheels of our living standards once we adapt....at least until (and if) we figure something else out. The era of burning petroleum is ending. We did a wonderful job of exporting industry such that we now must compete for energy on global markets. Now it's time for innovation. This will require leadership which, with any luck, we will have in a little over a year from now. Meanwhile, we'll have to answer the hard questions of population control.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  107. Billy Two Shoes in Dublin, OH

    What a crazy question! We got an oil man in office making all of his oil buddies rich. "Should" has no relavance until little George leaves, because nothing has a chance of changing until then. Exxon is still posting record profits every quarter? They might as well break down my door, pick up my piggy bank off the dresser, slap me in the face , kick my dog and walk out of my house with a big smile on their faces.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  108. Patricia

    Conservation and green incentives.
    There should be incentives for individuals and businesses.

    Boise, ID

    May 21, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  109. Susan, Seattle

    We need to get off of oil of course. And we need to look into the Gopher Plant (a desert high oil plant) and other plants that don't take up acreage needed for planting food. But bio-fuel alone won't do it. We need to learn how to get from one place to another without polluting the planet. This year, the Democrats are finally looking at some solutions. What a refreshing change!

    May 21, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  110. Chris Collins

    1.Tax windfall profits on oil companies or allow them to reinvest those same profits into alternative fuel technology.
    2. Reduce speed limits and keep the gas tax on personal transportation but give the cargo transport industry a break on fuel tax or even subsidize their fuel to keep inflation at bay from higher transportations costs.
    3. Reduce speed limits for cars, thereby increasing gas mileage, but allow trucks to travel at current speed levels to keep the flow of products uninterrupted.

    4. Tax, at purchase, low mileage non-commercial trucks, suvs, and low mpg luxury cars. At the same time subsidize buyers of high mpg hybrid vehicles.

    5. Give investors a tax incentive for investing in companies that produce alternative fuels or technologies.

    5. Turn off unneeded lights at home and commercially. Consolidate shopping trips, insulate your home.

    Unless we do these things as a nation, or as a world community, they carry very little weight.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  111. Art Callesoe

    Jack,
    The answer is simple and straight forward. Brazil has already done what we need to do now. It took them 30 years but they are now totally independent of foreign oil. They create ethanol from sugar cane. We made the mistake of going with corn instead of sugar cane. Why did we try to reinvent a new solution when Brazil already solved the problem. Sugar cane gives 7 times the amount of ethanol per acre than corn.
    We should quickly go to Brazil and copy their processes. Then Congress needs to force the oil companies to have ethanol pumps at all gas statioms. They currently only have ethanol pumps at 1% of USA gas stations. We need to do it yesterday.

    Art
    Cartersville GA

    May 21, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  112. Rocky from Chicopee, Ma

    First of all, give up the illusion we can solve this overnight. Answers to this problem are at minimum 15 years away.

    I hope that all those who voted for the "Great Communicator", the "Father of the Idiot", the "Arkansas Philanderer" and "His Honor, the Idiot in Charge" finally realize that , like health care, Social Security, and bin Laden, the issues have been there for 20 years, and nobody did anything.

    These are solvable problems; MOST problems are solvable. Just not by the structure we have in place.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  113. joe m.

    the shameful thing about this is that a country like Brazil learned from the shortages of the 70s while this country failed to act appropriately. and to think, the US is the country that had more resources to actually address the issue. maybe this time this country will figure out that investments in alternative fuels and energy sources, beefing up and improving public transportation, and changing this culture which is addicted to gas will be the only way out. there is no one magic bullet to this problem, but a combination of all the technologies available to us now will help bring us closer to an overall solution. failure to act responsibly to this issue at this time will have dire consequences.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  114. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    At one time in America there were things called passenger trains. They went to every city in the U.S. that had a railroad track and ran up to several times a day. You could travel anywhere in comfort and safety with no hassle except having to change trains. Train travel was such a pleasure and so much fun. It's too bad that the railroads decided that they only wanted to move freight and paid the government to get rid of passenger trains and create Amtrak. Now you can't get anywhere without a hassle. Who says progress is good.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  115. Rebecca

    Take all of those renewable energy patents being hoarded by the big rich companies and force them to be released to the consumer. Their are plenty of good plans and ideas out there to make the US independent of foreign oil but they are being blocked through the US patent and trademark office. Our own government is helping these rich companies prevent new technology from being developed so that we are forced to use oil. We have nanotechnology and supercomputers that can fit in people's pockets but our automobiles, homes, and everything else that requires energy have remained stagnant for the last 40 plus years. Why? Because their are superpowers working with our own US government to prevent these new technologies from getting to the market.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  116. Karl in CA

    Face it, we can't do anything until the oil barons are out of the White House. Remember BUSH = OIL. After that we need to speed up the mileage requirements on vehicles, cut back to 55 MPH and enforce it and start replacing oil powered devices with alternate fuels and wind power. It can be done, but corporate American isn't going to do anything until it hits their bottom line. Take the profit out of the status quo.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  117. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    I've said it many times over, and I'll say it again. Start with diplomacy. You can throw any variety of tactics at solving the problem of demand locally, but internationally demand will never cease. As a result, coming to an understanding with the gatekeepers of Big Oil that supply (and its price) should be levied against the oncoming demand should be our top priority.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  118. Roy Munroe

    Jack with all of the present technology advances I would say get rid of the need for oil completely. Only when that happens will we be free of big oils thumbs on our backs and in our wallets. I just recently watched a news program that showed a gentleman (John Kansas) in Akron Ohio (SaltwaterFuel.mov) who has invented a way to burn "salt water" and has even developed a working engine to power our energy needs. Give some incentives to inventors in this country and I bet they will come through as they always have.

    Roy
    Olympia, WA

    May 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  119. Jonathan

    Jack i'm going on LONG on Oil futures, moving closer to work, and buying a hybrid.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  120. L.M.,Arizona

    I remember in 1973 waiting in hour long lines at gas stations to get gas that was 35 years ago so obviously we need to do something very different. Why not build several huge nuclear plants in the heart of Alaska what we did in 1973 is we built the oil pipeline in Alaska it didn't work. In our major cities why not try to build elevated walkways with bicyle lanes,running lanes,and etc. as long as nothing is motorized except for security. We heat where it's cold and air condition where it's hot. We solve our overweight problem and energy problem at the same time.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  121. Andrew, Little Elm TX

    Raise the capital gains tax on trading oil to between 60% and 80%. All the money will flow out of oil immediatly and the price will collapse.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  122. Michael Steuer Bedford N.Y.

    As oil and gas become more unaffordable, there will be more carpooling, more heavy flannel pajamas sold each winter. more fireplace equipment sold etc. Then there will be less consumption and unless China and India buy all the excess, the price will come down. What shocks me is that the government has done so little to encourage this with programs like public transportation subsidies I guess it's a sin for a Texas oilman to talk conservation!

    May 21, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  123. Don in Florida

    The price of gas should probably be driven up in order to cut down on consumption and to force the automakers to come up with better ideas for fuel efficient autos. And using the excess profits (from gas prices being artificially higher) to come up with alternative energy ideas. There's nothing that we as Americans cant do when our backs are against the wall. Didnt JFK teach us anything?

    May 21, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  124. ken mayer Millington Mi

    Hey Jack. America has to upgrade and renevate its horrible mass -transit system. America is way behind europe and asia in these areas we need high speed rail systems. We also need to shift to bio waste fuel systems. increase our Mpg standards in the Automotive Industry. Also when gas hits $7or $8 a gallon you will see a migration from rural/ suburban ares back to the inner cities if i was an investing firm i would invest in the rehabilitation of inner cities because this will be the place to live soon.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  125. Ingrid

    get exxon/mobil to invest in alternative technology- i mean if they do not want to give up oil then at least help make machines that will use a lot less oil, the oil company's need to lobby congress to up the emission standards and to put even more pressure on car companies and give car companies grants to develop better and better cars. exxon is the biggest company and invests the least in alternative energy research.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  126. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, Dick Cheney and his crownies must be taken out of government, before any help, with oil prices can be obtained. After that, we need a "Marshall Plan" to develope meaningful nuclear, solar and wind power, as well as, any other technologies. Americans must begin to carpool or take mass transit. Jack, have you noticed that the carpool lanes are mostly empty. We need to be able to plug our cars in and go.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  127. William Sanford, NC

    To ward off oil shortages and higher prices for oil related products this country needs to switch to electric powered cars in a fast way. During this time there should also be major efforts to generate electricity from renewable resources such as wind and solar. I don't wish to go from $8.00 per gallon of gas to $8.00 per kilowatt to plug in the car.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  128. BM

    Jack,
    I think everyone should give up driving for a month. Go back to the old wooden stoves for heat.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  129. Greg, PA

    They should pray Jack, we are all going to need it.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  130. Michael Fermanich, Marintte, Wisconsin

    Jack; It is a very simple legal action! Yes sue the cartels for price fixing of crude oil and sue President Bush and Cheney for collaboration with partners of the cartels(International Oil Companies). Sure avoid impeachment actions by putting money in the pockets of the United States Citizens with litigation grandstanded by government monopoly of energy policy.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  131. Matthew Cleckler - Auburn, Al

    What they should do is not be swept up in panic. They simply can not drill in Alaska. We must invest and invest BIG TIME in other resources. Whatever their decision may be it must not be driven by fear and panic. Taking action now would help us avoid those decisions.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  132. Raj

    Here are my thougths on this:

    Prevention:
    1. Increase car pooling
    2. Technology is there and build and boost car averages to 30-35mpg, average gas mileage presently is 18 mpg will cut oil consumption on the vehicles in half.
    3. Turn down gas water heaters to med/low instead of hot just wastes energy to maintain temp while you are at work.
    4. Turn off all lights when not using
    5. Plan your market trips
    6. Use less styrofoam stuff (made from petroleum)
    7. Turn AC down
    8. Make it easier to use mass transit
    9. Tell Big Oil that tables have turned

    The prevention steps will cut our consumption instantly and will take pressure off from the demand side. We have to make life style adjustments, need to revisit the idea of more is good and get off the consumption binge and everything is disposable idea.

    I am as American as you are sir and before you wrap yourself in the flag and say lets drill everywhere listen to this: We are roughly 5% of the world's population and we produce more than 25% of the garbage waste.

    Production side:
    1. Government (serious) investment needed in new technologies like solar, wind, geo-thermal, hydrogen etc.
    2. Work with other countries to help them reduce their consumption
    3. Invest in green buildings

    No quick fixes we should have done the surgery long time ago but now the pancreas is shot and can't do without insulin. Gonna need a transplant or dire consequences.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  133. Laura

    Hi Jack,

    Reduce consumption!!!

    It's funny the states is now paying the same price the rest of us in the world are paying at the pump... in some cases less...

    Stop buying gaz guzzlers.. invest in public transportation.... you know what the rest of the world is doing...

    Hope it goes up even more so you start to reducing consumption and therefore reduce your CO2s,,,

    May 21, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  134. Daniel, loganville Ga

    Hasn't Brazil done it already...just get with them and start planting the heck out of suger cane!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  135. Roger Paul

    Forget drilling! It will take us 10-20 years to get those fields online and the amount of oil in Alaska would last us one day at the current demands.

    1) Conserve! The effect is immediate! Bike, walk, mass transportation, car pool or don't go. We could cut our consumption by half.

    2) Put a $1/gallon federal tax on gas. Use the money for mass transportation.

    3) Subsidize solar and wind power for individuals.

    4) Work on other long-range alternatives.

    Bush really dropped the ball on this. Instead of invading Iraq we could have taken these measures and not have to import from the Middle East.

    Roger

    May 21, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  136. Francys

    Nationalize Oil Companies American assets would be a good start, don't you think?

    May 21, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  137. Jim A in Vancouver, WA

    Jack, placing blame will solve nothing. There are no quick fixes. No easy answers. We must make changes. We must drill in the US for oil.
    We must reduce our dependency on foreign oil. For the whole time we have had the oil moratorium in place, we have proved that we will import what ever it takes to satisfy our oil needs. We use 21 million barrels a day and produce 5 million. Oil production is down. We are going in the wrong direction.
    We must reduce our trade deficit. For every 1 million barrels we do not import we will not send $133 million to another country. Over $2 billion every day. If Bill Clinton had not vetoed the bill to drill in ANWAR, we would be taking about 1 million barrels out every day.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  138. Drew, Central FL

    Get off fossil fuels. There are so many other alternatives out there.

    I seriously doubt, however, that anything will gain real traction until Jan. 2009.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  139. Bob Fleming

    Jack,

    Unfortunately there is little we can do in five years.

    The next President should immediately appoint a blue ribbon panel of real experts who have the desire and the qualifications to come up with a plan to deal with the problem.

    Bush recognized the problem. His solution was a farce. He tasked Dick Cheney to head up a special panel to solve it. Cheney chose representatives of big oil to be the membersof the panel and then managed to keep the public from knowing anything about the panel or its deliberations.

    This was like putting AlCapone in charge of a crime commission made up of members of the Mafia.

    Bob Fleming
    Louisville, Ky

    May 21, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  140. Lanny R. North, Honolulu Hawaii

    Shades of Teapot Dome. It's a cinch that we cannot trust the Oil Cartel (our own) to do anything in the interest of the country. We need to rein in all Corporate Control of our resources. They have more that demonstrated that they would sell their Grandmother twice for profit. Over the long run oil pricing that approaches European levels would at least make a few of us choose between the Ego inflation of a Hummer or a Ram Truck and something practical. May even help with traffic problems. Could keep the keys from the teens and college crowd and make the highways safer. End the three car family. Not until it begins to affect us deeply will wise solutions follow. Maybe we should begin talking about how the Ruskies are gapping us on oil usage. "Two cars in every garage fills the pockets of Bin Laden". We survived worse.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  141. jchildless

    As JF Kennedy gave the nation focus with a race to the moon, our next president needs to ask the American people to make sacrifices

    May 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  142. Frank Barger

    Start insisting that the oil rich countries that depended on the U.S. for defense, technology and skilled labor in the oil fields start repaying their debt with lower priced crude oil.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  143. Michael

    The biggest thing Jack, is alternative fuel sources. Ethanol is something that can change this country over the next five years. We can look at Brazil, a country completly off oil and dependent on ethanol. Even California is moving to Ethanol, and that is a state with one of the biggest economys in the world. If we subsidize corn (used to make ethanol) we can drastically reduce enviormental problems, and solve our problems with oil dependence. Ethanol is way to go in solving this problem.

    Michael
    Phoenix, Arizona

    May 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  144. Helen R.

    Hi! Jack:

    To those who are vowing to vote for McCain if their candidate doesn't win, check this scenario:
    McCain wins, steps down in second year due to illness, younger Vice President takes the reigns and we're on to more of the past 8 years. Morons!!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  145. gary lee, from san luis obispo, ca.

    the only realistic thing that we can do to address the shortage. is to drill here in our own country. we have vast amounts that remain untapped. we cannot wait for the development of alternative resourses. We need to drill in our own back yard and do it now. the technology is there which alows drillers to get to the oil without disturbing pristeen surroundings. or so we have been told.
    a very close relative of mine. has said that, "slant drilling has been around for at least 20 years".

    May 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  146. Bruce in Bend OR

    Hello Jack. Not sure what the oil answer is, but I'd bet a pretty penny that there's a bunch more close at hand than we ordinary putze's are aware of. At this time in our history its next to impossible to believe so-called "authorities" in any area related to the flow of cash. On another note, what would the price of a barrel be if the windfall profits of the oil companies and the larcenous profits of the futures buyers were eliminated from the cost? The math shouldn't be too hard for you folks at CNN!

    Bruce in Bend OR

    May 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  147. Elaine

    Start an immediate investigation as to who on Wall Street is being paid off by the Bush Administration to keep running the price of oil up on the stock exchange. Or better yet get oil off the trading market and buy direct for a stated price from the oil nations. Part of the problems is also if Bush gets the price of oil so high, congress will bend and will let drilling be done anywhere Bush wants.!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  148. Diane, Wyoming

    Simple, the government should buy everyone a horse.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  149. sarah, Indiana

    maybe we should refuse to sell food to the opec countries until they drop the price of oil to $50 per barrel or less.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  150. Terri from Marietta, Ohio

    Stop the war in Iraq and put those resources into stockpiling supplies and developing alternative fuel sources. Or just get a horse!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  151. Roaring Moose; Poland, NY

    The American People need to do something that is easier said than done: Conserv and cut back.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  152. Ray

    Jack,
    That easy, I can't believe ya'll in the media can't figure it out? So, let one of us who doesn't make enough to afford gas and food prices.
    The last time I check We are in not one but two declared wars. While we are in a declared war the President can nationalize anything he chooses to best keep the nation and war effort . Thus, taking over oil companies, utilities and any other item that is being driven up by the stock markets. If you take the toys away from the children who are play without greed and put them in time out they will get the idea that is far better than the Riots that are soon to come keeping the same coarse we are on. Jack I am 50 years old my only plan is to get to 60. Ya'll are sure screwing it for my last ten years.
    P.S, On the question, What does Senator Clinton want? Jack do you know anyone who has been through a divorce? Women usually get everything they want and more.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  153. AZM

    I did my part this morning...
    Bought a brand new Hummer!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  154. molly

    I am buying a bike, but in MN you can't ride your bike anywhere in January. I can't speak for the rest of America, but I am so sick of giving all of my money to Exxon. They sit there and make record profits quarter after quarter and I struggle just to pay for gas in my car and heat in my home.

    I am currently a student majoring in Biotechnology. I hope to contribute something to this problem. If we can manufacture human insulin using bacteria, we can surely implement an energy infrastructure with already available alternative energy. Doing this will revamp our economy, dampen our dependence on oil, and stop those money hungry jerks at Exxon and Chevron from robbing the American public.

    I find it interesting that most of the comments so far have been blaming the American public, who have little means to fix the problem, while ignoring the people who do have the means to do something to implement alternative energy solutions.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  155. mark in AZ

    There is only one thing American can do. Cut consumption.

    Stop driving gas guzzlers.
    Start riding bikes.
    Start walking.
    Move closer to work.
    Begin carpooling to work in earnest.
    Stop taking long driving trips for vacations.

    And most important.
    Stop electing oil men for president and vice president.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  156. Chris

    We need to take away the patents from the Oil companies, and Auto companies that they purchased. Example, the batteries that were in the GM EV1 car, they are the best batteries and could go over 100 miles on a single charge. We need to make GM bring back the EV1 car that the took away from people in California, and put it back into production. Yes this will increase the our coal polution, but it will buy us time to create something better. This is an econmic emergency, so no matter how much the oil companies and car companies complain, tuff, they created the problem, and are making sure we won't be able to solve it for years. We are the smartest country in the world. We can build better cars, and reduce are dependence on foriegn oil, we just need the will. By the way, if you are driving an SUV, you are part of the problem. You need to get rid of it. We need to tell the auto companies that they are not allowed to build SUV's anymore. THey should be outlawed unless they get 20 miles to the gallon in the city, and 30 on the highway. We need to increase our cafe standards so that beginning in 2010 no car that gets less then 30 miles to the gallon in the city will be sold in the US. People with SUV's should be charged a ussage tax, there is no need for them. We need to think about the future and not ourselves. We need to think about our children, and what kind of future we will have if we run out of oil. The greatest generation is dying off. The WWII generation. They sacrificed so that we would have a better future. Now it's our turn to sacrifice, junk all SUV's, start buying Hybrids, and let people modify them so that they can have a contest for the 1st person to double the miliage and give them a million dollars. Come on America we can do better then this. I get upset every time I see a Hummer going down the road. That vehicle has no business on the road, or the giant GM's, and Ford EL SUV's. Anyone driving one should be ashamed, you brought on this problem, and you refuse to help solve it, hoping that someone else will. It's time to make a sacrifice, yes you, not the government. Stop buying them, stop driving them, and make a law that we don't build them anymore!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  157. Sharon Stratton

    First you must make the oil companies pay the gas tax in a windfall Tax which cannot be passed back to the consumer. That gas tax is 8-10 BILLION dollars that they pay from the profit and not .30 a day it will help small business.

    Do something about speculation: Do you know that it could terrorist, oil company, oil countries, Iran and of course the fat cats making a killing. All they have to do is bid higher each day and the American consumer pay 50 to 80 dollars more a barrel.

    This is not capitalism but is terrorism and a crime against our national security,

    Why not listen to Hillary. the coward in congress and the presiden should all be impeached.

    Sharon
    NY

    May 21, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  158. Allen of Hartwell GA

    Like I've said before, my household gets by on about 50 gallons of gas a month. If I were the king I'd sell coupon books for 100 gallons at $1.50 per gallon, one per household, one a month. Everyone who used more than that could pay whatever the market could bear. Maybe that would convince all these people who can afford to pay to waste gas to cut back on the amount of gas they buy. It's not right that I have to pay $3.88 per gallon to go to work, and other people pay the same to put into their boat and burn up 200 gallons a week, all because they have the money to waste!
    Allen
    Hartwell, GA

    May 21, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  159. Shaleen

    The first thing the U.S. should do is stop Bush from negotiating our oil deals, especially since his family are into the oil buiness. I've watched some of the hearing with the oil execs today. The oil execs are saying it's because the price of oil keeps going up, but so do their profits. I know they were asked about profits, but I didn't hears anyone say "you don't appear to be loosing money", and your profits are at record highs. Somehow this rising price a barrel and profits just don't equate. It's funny how the price has jumped even high since the Bush visit to Saudia Arabia. I think Congress should be strong enough to override the President's vetoe of the OPEC suit, and show these companies we're not going to put up with this anymore. Maybe a few boycotts by the American people wouldn't be so bad either. It's tiime we stand up and start showing these companies that we're not going to be extorted with their fraudeulant prices anymore.

    Shaleen
    Los Angeles

    May 21, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  160. Ali

    What we could have done so many years ago is explore in depth the alternative fuels. Isn't it Venezuela or some other South American country that has taken ethanol to a new level in thier country? Isn't that a country that we call "Third World" yet they are at the forefront of environmental change and thier economy is (sad to say) much better off for it? When will we as American's wake up and say, enough is enough, our lives of excess have cost us too much, and stop backing the Oil Companies (most of whom are forein) and start backing ourselves. We need to use that famous American Ingenuity and knowhow, and grow a back bone big enough to say no to the money for a moment, and yes to our future.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  161. Chicago Bob from Illinois

    This is the legacy of oilman George and Haliburton Dick. And it can't be changed with a short term fix like the tax holiday. In fact taxes should go up to discourage unnessary consumption and get Americans out of SUVs and into hybrids. Hybrid buyers get a tax break paid for by the extra tax on fuel.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  162. Linda

    It is time that the American people be asked to help in ways that we could all do. Use alternate ways to heat our homes if possible and do more carpooling. Spend more time with families at home and use less gas. Curb driving long distances when possible. Americans have always stepped up when the need is there. Have a program people could join. Let us all help. Start utilizing state parks and events close to home. Explore your own states events. Sometimes we have scenery that we have never explored and many events happening nearby.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  163. Ben - Portland, OR

    We have to be honest about the situation. Alaska and California are bandaids, at best. Gas will never be $2 again. It will probably never be $3 again.

    We need to radically overhaul our automotive standards.

    We need to carpool from the burbs into work.

    We need to develop better public transit on national & local levels.

    We should bike – seriously.

    We need to bring the sidewalk back into city planning.

    Our fling with the car as a entertainment over... unfortunatly, we need to outlaw Nascar!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  164. Josh Askew (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii)

    I don't believe there is an oil shortage: I believe there is a lack of faith in our current economic situation. The price is being driven up by a weak dollar and mutual funds hedging themselves against a volatile stock market. So, that being said, we need to take advantage of this situation to pursue alternative energies that work... not ethanol.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  165. Shaylee

    Short-term: Decrease the taxes on gas. Increase the taxes on oil companies to pay for roads. If they complain threaten to take away subsudies.

    Long term: Drop the silly idea that we can use food as fuel! it's fuel for our bodies NOT our cars' tank. Make automakers conform or go out of business! Put real money into non-edible fuel alternatives

    May 21, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  166. Gail

    Jack, we already have the technology for an alternative source of fuel. Hydrogen is the most abundant fuel in the universe and can be made readily available to run everything from automobiles to machinery to generate electricity. Like everything else, there has to be a will and an organization behind it to make it possible. This technology is already in use in a small country, Iceland. Do you think they have a more responsible government than we do?

    May 21, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  167. Don Blue Springs, Missouri

    Drink more whiskey and stay at home.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  168. Jerry

    Do the same as we do electrical power and other necessary services. The government should take control and force the oil compaines to ask for a rate increase just like power companies do. The big reason for all the increases is the oil companies want to drill in the U.S. and they will keep raising the price until congress lets them have their way. If this happens the oil companies should be held to a three percent return on their investments.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  169. renee

    she is still running because she is not just a woman she is the voice of all of us demacrats who want change and beleve that she is the better canididate and will be the better canidate to out run mccain, i personaly dont think that obama can convence the people from clintons campain to go to vote for him. most people who vote for him dont have a religion and our country was founded on religion thats why all of our money has in GOD we trust and if we dont trust then devided we will fall weather it is to iran or to ourself to the fear of loseing ourself to gas and food prices and the fact that other countries are growing stronger than we are and that is sad. why dont they ask nthe obama supporters if they will vote for hillary if elected the dem nomination.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  170. Mike, Florida

    All these calls for "Drill more in the U.S." or "There are more then enough supplies to last 50...100...etc years" are just ridiculous.

    Why? Not because they are false, but because they are just quick fixes and the simple selfish attitude of, "It won't be a real problem for me in my lifetime."

    This current 'shortage' needs to push everyone to realize that Oil, especially cheap easy to get to oil, is a finite resource. I think we should drill here, but only as a stop gap measure as we find alternate resources.

    If we can get out of Iraq, I would be happy if we used half of the money we spend a day there for some sort of 'Manhatten Project" to find a viable, green, affordable energy source. They didn't think we could split the atom safely, maybe we can learn to fuse it effectively.

    Something has to be done.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  171. Linda in Virginia

    We have a 19th century govt that needs to move forward into the 21st century. This didn't have to happen and still doesn't. And please cool it media, 7 and 8 dollars a gallon, I remember lines quite a few years ago and having to buy gas on even and odd days. Lets just get one moment at a time without the scare tactic, we have enough of those coming out of the Bush administration, we don't need more.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  172. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Jack, there's only one thing to do to start us moving in the right direction: elect Barack Obama. He is simply the only candidate that represents change. The world doesn't want to hear any American message coming out of a white man's mouth. The Muslim world won't listen to any message coming out of a woman's mouth. The only place where the name B. Hussein Obama doesn't play, is the Red States of America. If the Saudi royal family won't listen to their best friends the Bushes, change has to start at home. The future is now, vote for Barack Obama.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  173. Joe St Louis, MO

    Jack,
    This week I have been looking at new economy cars to save on gas in the future. The American auto makers need to design cars that deliver the same factors the imports cars deliver. This is how each driver can make a difference and allow our domestic auto makers to make money. YET they do not do this.

    Another thing is have corporations make employees work from home one day a week. This will drop demand quit a bit.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  174. eric

    Oil has become as vital to our daily life as the blood that runs through our veins. There's no quick fix to the current crisis of escalating oil prices per barrel. What could be done is to seize, by an act of war, the oil fields in Saudy Arabia, Venezuela and other OPEC affiliates. The first strike should be a nuclear attack on Saudi Arabia. Knock out the ruling kingdom. Followed by a similar strike over the presidential 'palace' where Chaves lives. Neutralizing those two OPEC affiliates, will show to the world the we (USA) are not a bunch of wimps, that we mean business, that we will from (then) on, fairly distribute oil; without the 'speculator' effect of the commodities markets. I'm just pissed off !!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  175. Terry NY

    Let stop trying to be the world's policeman and put that money into research. The trillion or so we've spent in the Middle East would have solved the oil crisis problem I'm sure. Now we habve no choice but to start drilling on our own land. We need to open up Alaska and relax the strangle hold the EPA has on build new refineries. All this can be done without enviromental damage. All the EPA is doing is creating jobs that really aren't needed if we establish good ground rules.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  176. Sonia Raquel H. (NYC)

    Think outside the box. We need to switch to windmill farms, generators and electric cars. There are Middle Eastern countries (I believe Dubai) already switching, go figure...

    May 21, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  177. Matthew Gatto, seminole Florida

    two words-alternate fuels.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  178. T.Sims, Los Angeles

    EZEZEZ

    SUGAR CANE ETHANOL..:)

    Hello Brazil, Argentina..:P

    May 21, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  179. Pedro

    Each popular vote should be equal in a democracy. The USA is the laughing stock of the world with thei delegates.

    A vote has no color, no sex, no religion, no special interest, no age, no affiliation, no State of origin – it is the expression of the individual will.

    When will be majority of the popular vote determine presidents and other representatives?

    May 21, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  180. michael

    The US is doing all it can, nothing is going to change. 10 dollar gallon of gas is not going to persuade people to walk or take mass transit.

    also you cant tax people just cause they drive a bigger vehicle, it wouldnt stop just there, pretty soon you will be taxed by how much you drive, or when you drive.

    alternative fuels wont be created as long as there are huge profits being made by oil companies and politicians. So basically peoople will drive until you cant drive no more.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  181. Gordon Las Vegas NV

    Raise taxes on Gasoline, President Clinton did that, and it worked, oil prices were going down when he left office.

    Elect Hillary, she knows how to manage the country to benefit everyone.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  182. robert roswell, ga

    FEDERALIZE the energy industry.

    Take profiteering out of the picture Jack. Nothing has worked so far, nor will it while greedy individuals are in charge.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  183. AJ from Austin TX

    Democrats in congress need to accept the fact that currently there is nothing that will replace oil in the short term. Let's stop playing politics and bowing to environmental extremists and drill more oil here in the U.S.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  184. Prince

    Domestic production is a sure way to get out of this situation. What sense does it make to store food and die from starvation?

    Philadelphia pa

    May 21, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  185. Brad

    America needs to look it to hydrogen powered cars

    May 21, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  186. Wm in TN

    The Way Out of High Oil Prices

    We can develop new energy sources as all the politicians suggest but the fastest way out of the oil quagmire is as follows:

    Simple, just reverse our engines and do the opposite of what got us into this mess.

    That is, TEMPORARILY for as long as it takes, Immediately END ALL INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE TAX CUTS AND LOOPHOLES! End the 12/14 Billion spending in Iraq. Even Temporarily RAISE INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE TAXES to start paying off the American creditors.

    As our debt starts to decrease the dollar will gain in value and OIL will come down as will all other Commodities.

    There is no other way out of this financial quagmire created by Bush Cheney and Republicans.

    America must dig deep into our pockets and the sooner we do the sooner oil will come down.

    If you can think of any other way I'd like to hear about it.

    w2

    May 21, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  187. RAY

    150 miles per gallon for all united states cars in10 years.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  188. Jared

    DRILL!!!

    Jared
    Philadelphia, PA

    May 21, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  189. Tom, NJ

    Jack, our foreign policy of (literally and figuratively) holding hands with the Saudis and other oil produces, as well as huge oil corporations, is the primary reason why we have this problem. The only thing the government needs to do is stop being sweethearts with the oil industry, and let alternative options have a chance.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  190. k

    get george bush out of office, he is making everything worse. put a democrate back in the white house.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  191. Jordan

    How typical is it of us to not do anything about a problem like this until the last minute? It's sad. But what we should do is have more funding for nuclear energy. Sure the products aren't too great, but with more funding I'm willing to bet we can find a way to safely dispose of it. And you know what nuclear power plants emit? Water vapor. Lets see Al Gore try to cry about that.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  192. Dan- from pennsylvania

    i think that congress needs to put their foot down and tell the tree huggers that "we are going to drill." personally, i don't care about an animal that i never heard of before. guess what, its time to move forward and keep a minority group just what it is, a minority.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  193. Wade Bennett

    A good idea would be to acknowledge that the technology already exists to create electric cars. The argument over alternative fuel sources is only a battle between competing companies. There is already viable technology we could be using to divert these problems, but it is being ignored for the sake of competition. Americans should inform themselves and put pressure on the social concious, not wait for the victor of the fuel wars.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  194. Cheryl

    The US needs to drill on my farm land where they know there is oil instead of stopping when they hit natural gas. They also need to be drilling in Alaska and off shore. Screw the animals..they will adjust their migration route. They always do!
    Cheryl
    Kansas

    May 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  195. Mike

    2 words, Jack: mass-transit

    Sterling, Virginia

    May 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  196. Don

    I feel like that we have the knowledge to expand our energy sources..Why do we pay people millions to play sports, but little for people that protect us everyday?...Why do we give our grain away to feed other countries when we are starving ourselves?...We need to look in the mirrow at ourselves to find what we have in our back yard to fix our oil issues...

    May 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  197. Patrick

    The most important thing to remember about the rise of oil prices is that it is the falling dollar. The dollar's slide is raising oil's price.

    OPEC trades in dollars so that is why the price soars. A strong dollar and oil is back in the 50-60 dollar range.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  198. Mark T.

    We should raise the gas tax by 50 cents to 1 dollar to discourage usage and increase the revenues available for our highway system. It's about time the government invests in domestic spending with this administration that is obsessed with dominating the world.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  199. Edward

    Hello Jack, we should allowed the oil companies to drill for oil here in this country. As long as that do not violate or cause safetly issues to the enviroment.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  200. Bert Matheson

    Can term limits. Re-elect G W.
    (Sarcasm off)

    May 21, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  201. Tomi Boston MA

    Start biking. Simple as that. Watch what happens when you decrease demand and increase supply, or even have supply stay the same.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  202. Marc Philadelphia, PA

    Aside from the obvious technical and social remedies, e.g. manufacture and buy toward vehicles with better fuel economies we need to paradigm shift in our thinking. The collective we have been obsessed with the cost per gallon of gasoline–I propose we focus the cost per mile.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  203. Ann in NC

    Jack,
    OUR government needs to stop predicting future oil prices. Several months ago, they predicted gas would be at $4 per gallon by Memorial Day, and surprise...surprise, it is! Every prediction they have made has come to fruition. This makes even more suspect of OUR elected officials and those who are appointed to oversee this mess.

    Why don't they predict it will be $1.99 by Independence Day...then maybe it will happen!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  204. corey hoffarth

    I think the government needs to in act laws that force consumers to adopt hybrid vehicles or other low fuel consuming vehicles. Drastic times call for drastic measures, I think simply cutting the price will not solve the overall problem that oil and gasoline is slowly running out and we need to conserve what we have

    May 21, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  205. john owen

    Every election year its the same old story.What we need to do about oil and energy is take action before its too late.Simply ask each candiate for the office of President,what specifically would you do to resolve this issue not its all so and so s fault,what would would you do ?? Stop accusing and get specific...the answer of course is start today using our own oil supplies.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  206. Rowland

    Jack,

    Hydrogen. It will work in our current engines. It solves the global warming issue. And once installed, it will basically be free to use.

    And we can do it. Companies nationwide, both small and large, have made incredible headway. Now, as with any birth, we need the final push.

    So, let's do this the NASA-style. All our resources. All our focus. And when we're done, we can tell the folks that pimp us oil that we don't need them anymore.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  207. Kerbs

    Eliminate the R&D tax credit for all corporations except those that do real R&D on energy alternatives. NOT OIL!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  208. Andy S. Chicago, IL

    We should be investing heavily in expanding public transportation. Trains are the most efficient method of transport in the world and should be cost effective against airplanes and automobiles with higher gasoline prices. Big strides can be made in the immediate future with more bus and train transportation with $8 to $10 per gallon gasoline right around the corner.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  209. Charlene - Lafayette, La

    Jack it is to late to do anything about the oil shortage. We should have done something 30 to 40 years ago. This is why we need a change in Washington.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  210. Mike

    We currently have the technology to mitigate our oil needs in the form of H2 or Hydrogen gas. The US is a leader in this technology but is far behind many other countries in implementation. The reason lies in the millions being spent on lobbyist by the oil companies in hopes to block any Hydrogen infrastructure. This gas, if produced correctly produces no byproducts, just pure, clean H2O. The truth is out there.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  211. Rick Fox

    Jack, As one of your biggest fans, I am disappointed in this question. First, you make a false assumption that there is a shortage of oil. There is not. Our refineries are running at 60% and Oil company profits are are at levels than anyone with a sixth grade understanding of math can figure do not add up to the prices we are paying at the pump...or what the oil companies themselves are pauing for the oil. In a country that has all but lost its manufacuring base our oil needs are not increasing on a scale that supports any of this. Take Diesel. Diesel is a lower cost fuel alternative in every other country but the US, where it costs more than gasoline. With summer here and the demand for Home heating oil (which is diesel) non-existent, the lack of demand has not driven the price downat all.

    Jack...please tell me you have not stopped asking the hard questions. There is not much left to have faith in.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  212. Warren

    We (The United States) should be speeding up approval of fully electric vehicles. These cars are out there. I'm not sure why but many can't be purchased here yet and the ones that are available are in short supply. The hybrids are so so options, especially when fully electric technology currently exists. One other thing, some REAL rebates for buying these cars instead of HUMMERS would be nice too.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  213. pappydon

    Jack–it's very simple.Make Bush and the congress walk to work.I bet they would come up with something real fast.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  214. John-for-Obama

    Re the escalating oil price, we could all save ourselves a whole lot of bother by pressing on HARD with the development of electric and hydrogan-powered vehicles and the necessary infrastructure. Come on now, look what we do in space! Can't we summon our best brains to solve this. I believe we can, maybe in months. Just do it! Yes we can!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  215. Sean

    Maybe we could try getting out of the illegal war we're in right now? No... that wouldn't work. How about development in ANWR? I'm sure that in the years since ANWR became off limits, processes for extracting oil have become just a touch more environmentally safe. Not to mention how much of the population of Alaska is for the idea. There is an estimated 200 YEARS worth of oil there. I'm not saying we should fall back on that, but we could use it to virtually end reliance on foreign interests for oil, boosting our economy while putting some kind of dent in theirs, thus lowering their ability to charge so much. And it would give us the time to develop more fuel efficient cars, which we should have been doing in 1974.

    -Sean, New MIlford, CT

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  216. Jon

    It's time to do what we should have done years ago: Start focusing on alternate fuel sources. It will ease our dependence on foreign nations, and help our environment.

    Jon
    Rockville, MD

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  217. Trudy Marsischky

    It 's simple "take Oil off of the commdities list" and stop the speculation that is driving up the price per barrel.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  218. Tony

    Maybe you can gather all your Obama's media bias friends of yours @ CNN to call Reverend Wright to solve the gas price problem!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  219. Bardia, Sterling, VA

    Jack, presently there is no oil shortage and all this is nothing but price gauding by big oil companies for that last few months of the Bush adminstration. They know once Bush is gone the prices will come down again, and miracleously oil productions will once again be adequate. But regardless, it is time we stopped polluting the earth and used other forms of energy....

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  220. Chuck

    The solution is painfullyl obvious. We have got to get off of oil - period. After the messes that our oil dependence has has produced since the 70's , one would think we would have seen the light. Alternative energy solutions have simply got to become more than a trendy amusement. Our federal government has failed utterly in this regard. Relying on simple, greed-motivated market forces ain't gonna get it done. It's time for some real leadership. Hello Washington!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  221. J.A. Sanderlin

    The government needs to do what it should have done ten years ago...allow drilling in ANWAR, off the East coast, West Coast and more in the Gulf Coast. Build more refineries to increase the speed of gas output. Quit listening to extreme environmentalist groups!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  222. dawn house

    Brazil uses sugar cane to run vehicles, we need to immediately put into action alternate resources of fuel and focus on being a more independent country and invest and rely on our own natural resources and put an end to our oil addition

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  223. Brett NJ

    Just like cable TV suppliers were forced to switch analog signals to digital by the end of this year by the FCC, automakers need to have a date set by the US government mandating a specific time frame in which automakers must produce hybrid only vehicles. The last stage would be a total removal from oil dependant engines with greener fuels like hydrogen, ethanol, or even water injection engines replacing the gasoline counterpart in the hybrid vehicle.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  224. Guy Abelson

    We have hybrid technology like the Prius. With 40 plus miles per gallon. Mandate that 50% of all cars made in the US in 5 years must use this technology. We seem to be waiting for the ultimate new technology why wait. We can stage new technology as it comes along. Reinstate the takes credit to purchase hybrids and if need be give takes credits to auto malkers to retool which could create jobs and increase ecconomic output.

    Guy

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  225. Gary

    America should immediately institute a draft to end the violence in Iraq. Then we should unleash our oil companies onto Iraq and suck the country dry of its oil. Our nation’s very existence is at stake. Its time to stop fooling ourselves, we need the oil.

    Gary

    Comstock Michigan

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  226. Benjamin Dale

    The oil companies and stockholders need to invest the money that they are making off of consumers into alternative fuels such as hydrogen research, hydrogen vehicles, fuel cells and hydrogen fuel stations.

    Also, the government needs to step in and say what needs to be done since America is dependent on oil.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  227. Shane Miller

    Jack,

    We should retool the infrastructure to accomadate hydrogen fuel celled vehicles, tap our strategic reserves and sell the oil surplus to India and China and become exporters instead of importers. Where is all the money going to come from to fund an infrastructure upgrade you ask? The war effort in Iraq could have paid for it 3 times over.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  228. Dustin From Chicago, IL says "DO nothing!"

    Nothing! High gas prices give people incentive to innovate, conserve, and develop renewable energy sources. The monetary cost of gas is low. It’s the hidden cost that is high–war, taxes, terrorism, and climate change.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  229. Carl

    This question is just dumb. Five years down the road we will still be saying the same thing. "We need to look for alternative fuels." Just what are we talking about here? Is the soultion taking food off the table, so we can drive our cars? I hope not because I need food more than fuel.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  230. Michael K; Abington PA

    Last week an effort to expand oil extraction domestically was shot down. Why? Expanding production here can relax the demand on imported oil, which is priced by anti US governments, and lower the price I pay at the pump.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  231. Travis

    Bottom line is Oil is the wrong answer, and niether is the combustion engine. Electric automobiles were available with a 150mile range in 1992 but the production of those cars was killed shortly after conception despite waiting lists for said automobile by the oil and auto industries. It costs around 11 cents per mile to operate an electric car. The issue is around our government and industry working together to find a solution.

    Battery technology is really the only limitation to the electric vehicle especially if we research and implement a stronger Fusion power policy. Where would we have been if the auto industry and our politicians were not spending billions to develop an unstable and non-supportable Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle, but put that effort into a more effecient storage system for energy. The current battery technology advancements are revolving around laptop technologies, and huge leaps have been made, but lets be clear. Freeing ourselves from the oil chain oliviates any need for our sons and daughters from dieing in the sand for people that do not want them there. Bottom line if we were really concerned with the livelyhoods of those regions we would have rolled tanks into several areas of Africa (Darfur is a great example) 5 years ago in full force. There isn't any oil or diamonds in Darfur though so our political system doesn't care about those poor people.

    I am a patriot, I spent 5 years in the Marines and servered with distinction, but I am very dissappointed in the direction my country is headed... Maybe I will apply for Canadian Citizenship instead, at least then I would get free healthcare and my dollar bills would be worth something unlike the US $...

    Travis

    May 21, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  232. Craig Keidel

    There's a very obvious and quick answer to our oil crisis; electric cars. If the government provided subsidies for American car companies to transfer 25-50% of their production to all-electric models, sales on electric cars would stimulate our dive bombing auto industry, and we'd see a drop in our dependence on oil and our carbon emissions. The answer is right in front of us, but we're too comfortable with our old ways to accept real change. Wake up, America.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  233. Steve

    Easy. Impose an excess profit tax on all of the oil companies and then dedicate those resources to fund a Manhattan Project to find a clean, safe alternative to gasoline. Given America's ingenuity, with dedicated political leadership (hopefully, Obama), we'll have a solution within five years.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  234. Chuburnaman

    How about the old strategy of doing something? Start development of wind power, clean coal, nuclear power and incentivize the private sector to develop innovative answers. Maybe we will then have some answers in 5 years. Talking has been getting us nowhere. OOPS. Maybe we just discovered a way. Put wind turbines in the Congress. All that hot air has to relieve major power requirements.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  235. April from Oregon

    Well, we need to get all the oil excutives together and boil them in oil, inasmuch as they sat up in Congress and lied through their teeth. It was plain disgusting! Just have the government quite lying to us, there is so much oil under the US, we have enough for many years.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  236. Jim - Stewartsville, N.J.

    Kennedy made a U.S. commitment to putting a man on the moon by the end of the 60's. Obama needs to make a
    commitment for the U.S. to be petroleum independent by
    2030.

    How?
    Nuclear plants, wind mills, other alternatives.
    Ban new gasoline engines after 2020. Incubate
    hydrogen and electric motor technology.
    Accelerate nuclear fusion research.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  237. Rick Cairns Swarthmore, Pa

    Clean cheap nuclear powerplants and electric cars. The other choice for all you tree huggers? COAL.
    Standardize a design, to remove 90% of the preconstruction costs, and have the fed, not the power companies, build them everywhere. My backyard would be fine.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  238. jeff, Hoquiam, WA

    Jack, since we are the great liberators of Iraq, then maybe the government of Iraq should start paying us back with oil for every dollar they have milked the U.S. taxpayer

    May 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  239. Jack

    This one's too easy, Jack. Invade Iran! Not only we'll get tons of cheap oil, it'll also boost our economy and restore our reputation in the world for spreading democracy. And the Iranians will love it. It's worked every time!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  240. Jay, Canada

    Tax breaks on bicycles.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  241. Matt in Dong Guang China

    How long do we allow the tail to wag the dog? Enough already start drilling in Alaska...it is nether fit for man, animal or plants...why doesn't CNN do a story about how life is nearly unsustainable there...its frozen tundra...I'm all for protecting the enviroment but not at the expense of enriching those who want our destruction...the enviromentalists and their surrogates have done a great job of bringing this once envied economy to its knees

    May 21, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  242. Patricia Nesland

    First require car manufacturers to increase mileage by 30% in the first year and more in the second year. The technology is there, what's holding them up? American auto makers will be back in business selling cars. Foreign auto makers will have to do the same or they will not be able to sell their cars here.

    Secondly, require Cheney to open his secret files with the energy companies after all isn't it a matter of our national security when the energy companies collude and as a result put the US in economic disaster!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  243. Lewis Wetzel

    We don't need to drill in ANWAR for one thing. We could, however, drill in southern Utah where Shell Oil found one of the biggest oil reserves in the world in the late 60's and early 70's. The Kaiparowits Plateau contains enough oil and coal to run our country for about 100 years according to the geologists I have talked to and worked with. Instead, Pres. Bill Clinton signed an executive order which closed the whole area off and made it the Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument. If an executive order can close off an area, couldn't an executive order by another president open it back up? I think it is mainly because the big oil companies make more profit by importing foreign oil instead of selling domestic oil. Is there any truth to the statement that all of the oil from the northern slope find in Alaska goes to overseas consumers instead of to ther U.S.? If it is true we should be stringing so oil company executives up by part of their reproductive system.
    Lew Wetzel
    Clarence, Missouri

    May 21, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  244. Maggie

    Drill off the California, Florida and total east coast. Oil was found in the Gulf and is probable off both coasts. If started now, it would take five years before it would be availabe for use in auto.
    Also, maybe add an extra tax on gas gushling suvs, sport cars and big engine cars.
    Elect Senator Hillary Clinton. She has better plans for both domestic and foreign needs.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  245. Don - Texas

    The U.S. Postal service can save mucho buck by stopping deliver of mail on Saturdays.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  246. Alex Versteegh

    At the moment in the Netherlands we pay about €1,60 a litre of petrol. ( about 10 dollars a gallon) and we're still standing joyfully in our traffic-jams every day. You're still on the cheap side of things to come. Be prepared and build more nuclear powerplants, subsidese public transport, and stop waisting money on stupid projects ( like spreading democray in countries that don't want it)! Spend it on new technology or subsidising solarpanels for ordinary households. Save energy that's the answer.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  247. markschmidt

    As I ride to work every morning I look with interest othr drivers and the cars they drive. For the most part you have single drivers in vehicles designed to carry 4 to 5 people comfortably. Gas goes to 4 bucks a gallon and I see the same people every morning and they have not changed driving habits one bit.

    Assess a tax liabilty to oversize POV's that get below 21 miles to the gallon.

    Institute National toll roads that charge driovers for every empty seat they have in the car (morning commute).

    Tax credits for electric and alternate fuel vehicles.

    Encourage bicycle and motorcycle commuters through tax credits and other incentives like designated parking and expanded urban bike trails.

    Federal support for mass transit.

    Commitment to a national rail freight transport system that moves goods by rail rather than trucking.

    Those arej ust a few offthe topof my head.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  248. Mark Reagan

    We should START NOW in creating an ALL ELECTRIC transportation society. We can make electricity without making Green House Gases using nuclear technology. Making more electric coal and natural gas power plants is not the answer.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  249. Turk

    Jack,

    I believe the best and fastest way for the US to find indepence from foreign oil is the research into algae. There are several people that have already started research. Algae production can yield more than 5000 gallons of oil per acre vs. corn around 400 gallons.

    It is beyond me why we are not doing more in that field.

    Cheers,

    Turk in Indiana

    May 21, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  250. Leonard

    How about a tax break on the purchase of a mule. That way we'll all have transportation when we grab our pitchforks and head to D.C. I think crongress should also think about an evacuation plan.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  251. jake glassey jr

    It is imperative, CRUCIAL, for the President to announce that our government will make it a top priority top develop alternative, efficient fuels. Our National energy policy is as much of a sham as ethanol. We need to put our best minds and abilities to this project and it needs to be pushed along by the government because clearly we cannot count on the private energy sector to do the right thing.

    Unfortunately we can not use Kennedy's mission to the moon as a model. We don't have 9 years to pull it off. We have to use FDR's ramping up for war manufacturing as a model.

    If the President does this, Oil futures and OPEC will take notice and
    the current madness will at least take a pause. One can only hope The President will be able to turn his back on his Big Oil buddies and start doing the right thing for the future of his country.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  252. cantb

    If your looking at wind as a alternate Jack, Electing candidates with large lung capacity hasn't shown any results yet.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  253. James Johnson

    1) Start building the national infrasture for a new type of fuel to power cars and trucks.

    2) All forms of technologies will compete for the right to have their idea go national.

    3) Build Hydrogen combustion engines.

    4) National funding for that technology that allows for small amounts to be produced at home.

    5) Just start doing SOMETHING!! ANY DAMN THING!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  254. Ben Harris

    From Nashville, TN
    I was told by a neighbor who works in the oil industry that they allot $15 a barrel to extract oil from the ground, and that there was enough oil capped off in the U. S. to stop the need for importing Arab oil. If we had never allowed the insane Wall Street process of gambling on oil futures, this problem would have never exisited. Of course, our president and vice-president will leave office very wealthy due largely to the recent price of oil. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at the White House meeting of oil companies back in 2001. Remember that meeting? The one they refuse to disclose?

    May 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  255. Jane Murray Balogh

    The first thing I would do is put a moratorium on immigration until we get our infrastucture in place. The more people; the more shortages.
    The second thing I would do is require all new construction use the latest in passive solar or whatever energy feasible in their particular area. Politicians flap their gums about cost and shortage and do nothing.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  256. Michael Caruso

    Jack ,the best we can do is conserve on a personal level as the president lives inla-la land.After his removal from office tax the oil companys profits and use it for renewable energy.Also a boycott 2 days a week on exxon/mobile gas stations across the nation would hurt them where they are hurting us ....in our wallets.I believe that would bring gas prices down immmediately.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  257. Ricky

    Its so simple..lift the ban on offshore and odmestic exploration...we're in crisis mode; this is no time for impractical minds at the Sierra Club to be running this country's energy policy. And while the ban is lifted, the better economy it will bring will encourage alternative energy research. I myself will be majoring in physics at FSU this fall.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  258. Mike Starke Pembroke Pines FL

    EVERYBODY SING!!

    You say rolls I say royce
    You say God give me a choice
    You say lord I say christ
    I dont believe in peter pan
    Frankenstein or superman
    All I wanna do is

    Bicycle bicycle bicycle
    I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
    I want to ride my bicycle
    I want to ride my bike
    I want to ride my bicycle
    I want to ride my.......

    May 21, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  259. mary in severn

    Start driving less and get rid of those SUV's. I have a mini Cooper. That goes for Gore, Oprah and the others pro-environment. They should get rid of private jets, big mansions (they have 4 or 5 in different p;aces), limousines, etc. We all can do it. In Europe everyone one drives mini cars. You can live with less.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  260. Elmer Hurley

    Tell the democratic congress to quite making excuses and let the country dig for oil. Its been almost 2 years since taking office and all I have heard is lies and excuses. They make laws....NOT George Bush!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  261. Rev. Cal Dunnon

    What to do about the oil situation? switch to hydrogen fuel for our vehicles
    by conversion and new; switch off vehicles when come to a stop light; release those so called oil reserve; the saudies will start pumping.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  262. Jim, Minnesota

    There should be plenty of ways to get e85, bio-diesel, hydrogen, electricity or other renewable, locally available energy sources to power our needs. We've got this thing called a "star" that bathes every square meter with 1366 watts of energy. We've got clever people looking for a day job to put to use their engineering, earth science and technical degrees. Time for us to figure it out and create jobs while we're at it.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  263. Philip Banks

    Jack,

    It’s poetic justice that we, Americans, are now paying ridiculous prices for gasoline. Let’s face facts; we are a bunch of junkies, hooked on addictive lifestyle that we never seem to change. Most of us have automobiles that do not optimize fuel consumption. Couple that with the fact that most of use do not carpool! When was the last time heard any “Idiot Presidential Candidate” proposing to offer tax incentives for carpooling! God forbid! And let’s add to the debate that we have one of the worst public transportation systems in the world. Presently I live in the Munich Area (about the size of Chicago), most of the trains, buses, and trams, run about every 5 minutes! Not Bad! But as you said, we have failed to plan! I would think that with all the foreclosures, Americans can start to live in their cars…remember, you can live in your car but you can’t drive your house!

    Phil Banks
    Munich, Germany

    May 21, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  264. Ronald Kryngel

    What should we do now to avoid possible oil shortages? If I were a Republican I would say we ought to re-invade Iraq. If I were a Democrat I would require higher gas milage on all new cars. I encourage the building of solar and nuclear facilities. I would create a "Manhatten-Style Energy Project" and bring to that endeaver the best and brightest minds. But because I am a Republican, I would follow the logic of our greatest president, George W. Bush and take it one step further. I would attack Oman, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. and Iran. And if by chance oil prices and shortages remained the same, I would attack Nigeria, Sudan, Venezuela just for the heck-of-it". God Bless George Bush, our greatest president

    May 21, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  265. Doug Apelian

    Why would we want to do anything Jack. It would spoil this administrations perfect 000 batting average on any major issue our country has faced over the past 7 years. See 9/11, Katrina, Weapons of Mass Zdestruction etc. Now I am not a conspiracy theory type of guy but don't you think it is funny that our President and VP have ties to big oil. Could this be taking care of one more check mark on the cronie list.

    Now for what we should do.

    1) Take the dollars we are spending on this war and put it into R&D to find alternative energy sources.
    2) This is war treat it like one – go in with excessive force and overwhelm the enemy.
    2) Sacrifice, it just may bring us back together as a nation.
    3) As individuals we must all think about each time we use a fossil fuel from our cars to drinking bottled water.
    4) Teach our children how to be responsible.
    5) Lastly, please, please please lose the Hummer.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  266. Bobby & Pat

    Jack one of the biggest helps with the oil would be to make the companies take the technology they already have that is locked up somewhere with dust all over it and put it to use to get the 50 mpg out of the gas we have and put it in the vehicles. Then you would not hear the public crying but the oil execs and how small thier year end bonuses are. Would that not be a change to hear them cry.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  267. Ron Douglas

    All of the renewable energys sources including necular. But immediately, legislation to stop the unbridled speculation going on in wall street. Easy, if you buy a futures contract you must physically take delivery or if you sell you must deliver the goods. No third parties to jack up the price so you and I can line the pockets of speculators who add nothing to the value of the product. thanks for this opportunity..

    May 21, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  268. Kevin

    Drilling in the ANWR will not solve the crisis, the oil companies would take the oil extracted sell it to India or China.

    The government, not one run by John McBush, needs to have a crash program on the scale of the Manhattan Project to develop energy independence, which would entail conversion of coal to gasoline, conservation and other alternate energy policies.

    For the short term, the trading of oil futures should be suspended to discourage the rampant speculation which is the source of must of the increase.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  269. Doug Kirk

    Drill
    and Conserve
    What do our policy maker suggest? No drilling, but tax those that must find oil. Or even better lower the price of gasoline via tax holiday or some control, so we consume more and further stress supply.

    Policy should have a positve impact on the solution: Drill and Conserve, not impede the soluton.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  270. Rocky Shorz

    Do any of our Presidential Candidates have the ability to stand up to the oil companies?

    Are we getting punished with these higher prices just because Politicians are saying we are going to force a change?

    Oil futures are killing us, and terrorists like bin Laden are making a fortune on them. They move funds into futures and then make a call and set off a pipeline fire. Oil spikes, after it peaks, they sell waiting for it to drop and buy in again... They don't need to set off a bomb in America to knock us to our knees, we're hooked on oil, and they're controlling the drug.

    Why don't you just give them a key to the Federal Reserve, save a little time.

    Oil needs to be pulled off the market and let it move back to being market demand driven, instead of Media report driven.

    A few of us have designs for the automobiles of the future. Imagine an electric vehicle so efficient it is creating energy in its travels. Until now the Government prevented perpetual motion transportation because they needed taxes to pay for our roads.

    Imagine stopping at filling stations, and getting paid to discharge your battery. The Government can start taxing the created energy.

    Homeland Security knows our biggest weakness is oil, they are now on the side of the inventor, but do they even have the strength to stand up and make things happen?

    can "We the People", all 360 Million of us stand together against the handful that are trying to bring us down?

    May 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  271. Richard

    City planners everywhere should now began to prepare for the interval that we should expect by redrawing maps of streets, cities and freeways to accommodate the bicycle, scooter and pedestrian economy that is coming. There will be no reprieve.

    Richard
    Prescott AZ

    May 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  272. Louis Simpson Sr

    With the price of oil and gasoline going out of sight, hydrogen could be the answer as an additive to jet fuel. As a former airline employee, I see
    where hydrogen engines for airplanes or a hydrogen injection system into current engines might be possible after the plane is at cruising altitude. I understand that when hydrogen is burned, the exhaust is part water vapor. This mist would filter carbons out of the air and help the greenhouse gas and global warming. Has anyone thought of this?
    Airplanes could be refueled when they land and are serviced.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  273. Ray

    Jack,
    The oil prices may continue to rise until we (the USA) get out of the Middle East. There is a message in there somewhere. Until then, for some immediate solutions: we can car pool, use mass transit, ride bicycles, and stay home more.
    Bagdad, Florida

    May 21, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  274. James in Calif.

    The answer is simple: Promote and *incentivize* alternative fuel development, production and application.

    Why are there so few EVs (Electric Vehicles) on the road, as well as few power-up stations for them? Create market incentives, which in turn will create jobs.

    Last time I checked, Venezuela has extensive oil reserves. And this administration has turned its back on that country. Why?

    To expand domestic oil production is silly. What happens when that oil gets tapped out? What happens when there's a spill in the fragile ecosystem in Alaska?

    May 21, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  275. ed

    I do not know about anyone else, nut i hooked up a hose from my drivers seat to my car's gas tank and am now running on 'natural gas'.
    Burrito anyone?

    May 21, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  276. Randy

    With our current "leaders," perhaps you should begin asking, "What are we going to do in 20 years when Global Warming makes life on earth unbearable?

    It's not like our leaders didn't know about our energy issues 30 years ago. Democrats supported the ecologists, preventing nuclear energy from being built, while the Republicans tried to squash alternative energy in support of Big Oil.

    We the people, are the deserving losers in their fight.
    And I apologize to Lou Dobbs, but sometimes I don't think we 'deserve a government that works.' Look at the leadership the voters have chosen.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  277. Allan F. Hershfield

    In addition to setting substantially higher mileage standards for autos sold in the U.S. and instituting a national 55 mile an hour speed limit, our government should fund a massive Manhattan type Energy Research Project focused on solar, wind and tidal energy. This project should deal with means of distribution as well as the actual sources of energy.

    Amherst, MA

    May 21, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  278. Katie Guinn

    What about algae oil? Easy to produce. Yields 100,000 gallons per acre while cleaning pollutants out of the air. Why aren't we hearing more about this?

    May 21, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  279. Ray Gooch Texarkana, TX

    Mr. Cafferty,

    A short term solution is long behind us. They told us in the late 70's that we were running out of oil and began gas rationing as a scare tactic to run up the price of gasoline. It worked. But, now our dependence on foriegn oil is a true problem. I have a plan.

    I understand that the U.S. has a 200 year oil reserve and in the last State of the Union Address, our president stated he would like to double that. My plan is to begin using it. I would stop buying foriegn oil and tell the scientific community they have 200 years to find another fuel source. I would take the money the government was spending on foriegn oil and divert it to this effort. That would give us about two and half generations to come up with an answer. If we don't find it, then we will be able to solve the obesity and fitness problem when Americans have to start commuting by bicycle.

    I have common sense answers to many of the other problems faced by our nation. Truly exercise your right to vote by refusing to select from the menu. Write me in for President of the United States.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  280. Joe

    I am flabbergasted about the naivete of many of the comments. It's the law of supply /demand, STUPID! No amount of political grandstanding by our esteemed senators, no begging to OPEC, no wishful thinking about miraculous new technologies, no government fiats and no unreasonable expectations for overnight change in our consumption habits will change THAT! If prices stay at the current levels or escalate further, it will encourage conservation and if our congress and president
    allow policies to increase supply of all forms of energy – not by interfering but keeping their hands off – the equation will change for the better!

    Joe, Houston, Tx

    May 21, 2008 at 6:48 pm |