How can we make and keep the need for alternative power sources an urgent element if the price of oil declines to, say $80/bbl? If I am even reasonably close, that corresponds to about $2.00/gal at the pump. People have already proven that "two-dollar" gas does not generate the "hurt" needed to demand that Congress act. Popular support would vanish over-night.
I think that a decline in oil prices is in the future -- OPEC isn't stupid and pushing the US to alternate power sources is not in their best interest. Further, China's hoarding fuel will probably be over relatively soon and, if they dump their overages on the market, that will further depress the price. So, I believe my premise is valid and the time to plan for that contingency is now. How say you?