Joe Gregorio on the price of gas...
A doubling or tripling of the relative price of gas is inevitable, and is probably the best long-term thing that could happen to the country, fully realizing that in the short term it's going to be painful.Carter set a goal in the 70s of importing no more foreign oil than the levels at that time. He was belittled, and then we got Reagan. Reagan took Carter's solar panels down from the White House. No oil company bag man could be seen with those.
Now here we are 30 years later, *subsidizing* the oil companies while they "earn" record profits.
I don't know all that much about Carter, but now I think as a president there are a few things he's under-appreciated for. I voted for John Anderson in 1980, my first presidential election. I was the typical Anderson voter -- a socially left-leaning college student, from a fiscally right-leaning family.
Had America the leadership with the foresight and fortitude back then, and since then, we may have been able to have gradually increased the tax on oil to fund strategies toward Carter's vision of more, cleaner, energy self-sufficiency. Ultimately there are many powerful, near-sighted, self-centered forces that interfere with that kind of grand vision and strategies.
Maybe the only way to get to such a future is to stumble into it. "When the student is ready, the teacher appears."