Please stop campaigning for a coalition of automobile manufacturers, congressmen and executive branch officials to solve our fuel problem.
Gasoline is relatively cheap and abundant and, like most commodities, it responds to the forces of supply and demand.
Consumers will not change their behavior, manifest in the purchase of smaller vehicles or more fuel efficient engines, until fuel prices induce them to do so.
Without consumer demand, manufacturers will not shift their product portfolios to more fuel efficient cars and trucks.
Higher gasoline prices, like those we currently face, would normally trigger increased production and an expansion of refining capacity, thereby driving down prices.
The current price of gasoline, however, is not sufficiently high to overcome environmental restrictions and NIMBY (not-in-my-back-yard) attitudes regarding the construction of new refineries and exploration in places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Those restrictions will persist until rising prices make them politically and economically unfeasible.
Price is the only truly effective market signal, and it has infinitely more power than a coalition of business and government to affect the behavior of consumers and producers.
Let the market do its work in setting prices, and the result will be a product offering of cars and trucks and a system of energy production and distribution that reflect the desires of American consumers.
Is that not what we have today?