When will we realize that our oil consumption is supporting thugs like Hugo Chavez? Fortune had this story about how he is indimidating business leaders into rewriting contracts, and also wants to jack up the price of oil. It's time to reduce our dependence on oil by conservation, pursuing alternate sources and new technology development. If we create the right incentives, the private sector will respond with new technology.
Oh, and talking of alternate sources, isn't it time to look more seriously at nuclear power. Despite the safety issues, this remains in the short-term the most likely candidate for large scale power development, and is relatively safer. I hope to see even cleaner options emerge, but we need to recognize we aren't there yet (which after all these years, you wonder why)