More than 30 years have elapsed since the Arab oil embargo, and our response is only a future promise of fuel cells and a near-term reality of fuel-inefficient SUVs and pickups.
There are three easily available energy sources to reduce oil imports dramatically: diesel power for transportation and coal and nuclear power for electrical energy.
We have enough coal to last several centuries and enough nuclear fuel to last indefinitely.
Europe has switched to 50 percent diesel passenger cars because wise politicians have allowed slightly higher oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter levels in return for a 30 percent reduction in fuel consumption and a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
Our California emissions legislators and their liberal East Coast followers continue to stick their heads in the sand to outlaw diesels and coal and nuclear power electrical generation while wasting imported oil.