When did the oil addiction begin? It was at the turn of the 20th Century when Rockefeller was battling Ford for oil to be the fuel of choice instead of Alcohol, which was what all of Fords cars ran on for the first several years of production.
Since Rockefeller's money and power rested on oil, he fought hard. Ford wanted Alcohol to be the National fuel because anyone could produce it cheaply and it didn't pollute the environment. In fact, alcohol wasn't abrasive to engines like oil and was found to cause almost no deterioration of the engine cylinders allowing vehicles to travel over a million miles without significant wear.
A farmer seeing the value of alcohol operated vehicles at this time went to Germany for a couple months to learn how the Germans set up stills for creating alcohol for vehicles to use. He came back with the plans and set up a meeting at a local Lodge and invited hundreds of other farmers to learn how to set up their own 'gas' station using alcohol. Rockefeller heard about the meeting and promptly called the police that a meeting that would endanger the United States national security was taking place from a guy who lived in Germany. This was close to the start of WW1 and the police believed Rockefeller, arrested everyone at this meeting, and burned the plans to build these alcohol fuel stills.
Rockefeller didn't make his millions because he was stupid. A short time later there was a group of Abolitionist women whom he supported with over $4 million dollars in today's money. They went before Congress and convinced Congress to pass the law abolishing alcohol. In the fine print however, Rockefeller was able to include ALL alcohol, including the alcohol that Ford was using to operate his vehicles up to that point in time.
So, history has it that Rockefeller Won! He gained even more wealth and fame. The Oil Companies of today carry on that wealth and fame. Just like Rockefeller, they don't want to let that go and will go to any measures to confuse the average American that drilling more will solve our energy needs.
I wonder what this Country would be like if Ford had won using an alcohol based fuel. Do you think over the last ninety years we could have improved upon that and even created other cheap and clean efficient fuel sources? I wonder what our children and grandchildren will think of us when they see the truth that it was the almighty dollar that dictated a policy that in the end destroyed the world we live in. Even in the midst of the obvious, the people in power defend a policy that amounts to a once defended policy stating that cigarettes are not bad for your health.