It seems all the energy plans these days are calling for significant energy conservation, and small steps toward making the energy we use "green". Obama has said we need to, first, pick the lowest hanging apple, that is, reducing our energy consumption. This is wrong. The lowest hanging apple is also the poisoned apple. Our efforts should be focused toward providing our energy needs through alternative sources, rather than reducing our consumption. Our focus on reducing consumption should be a secondary.
The reason why, is our economy is driven by energy. We use energy to produce and process everything we consume or need. If we decrease our energy consumption, we slow down our economy. Our economy is dependent on energy, absolutely. We use energy to build houses, produce metals and wood, till corn fields, etc. If we no longer have this resource to produce these goods, be prepared for housing prices, food prices, automobile prices, and the price of every other commodity we enjoy to increase even further.
There is no question we have the resources, money, and technology to replace our energy needs within the next few decades, the trick is putting our vast wealth toward long lasting alternative energy, rather than crutches like further oil drilling.
My point is, America is the greatest, richest, and most technologically advanced country in the world. We have the resources to provide all our energy needs through alternative sources. Lets go green the American way, by providing for our needs through clean alternatives, rather than changing our lifestyles to accomodate a diminishing fuel supply.