I feel somewhat disturbed by the route that we as a country are taking when confronting the energy crisis. I was just listening to a piece on NPR about the high speed railroads in France. After the energy crisis in the 1970â€™s, France started a program to bring high speed rail into Paris. This would cut down on gas consumption as well as allow people to remain in their countryside homes. Today, the system is universally acclaimed.
The high cost of energy is a function of supply and demand. This is skewed by the fact that there is a cartel controlling the supply. However, the U.S. always seems to concentrate on the supply side whether it is the war on drugs or the energy crisis. I think we should start looking at ourselves on the demand side as well.