Will the Gulf oil spill lead more consumers to adopt fuel-efficient and petroleum-free alternatives?
It's been a little more than a month since President Obama announced that he had reversed his position on offshore drilling, deciding to back an expansion that would open up most of the Eastern seaboard to oil exploration. The move was widely considered to be less of a reflection of the administrations energy philosophy than a compromise with the �Sdrill, baby, drill⬝ crowd.
Over the past two years, Gov. Sarah Palin's campaign mantra has come to represent an ecological and economic ideology that refuses to cede the primacy of man over the natural realm�if the energy resources are there, says this credo, we can and must use them.
But now, in the face of a growing oil slick that is threatening ecosystems and local economies throughout the Gulf Coast region�and a barrage of other hard truths that call into question whether there is even enough recoverable crude oil left on the planet to satisfy the world�"s growing thirst for gasoline into the next decade�the United States may be at a crossroads in the energy debate.
Public and legislative support for greater automobile efficiency, and a transition away from petroleum as our sole source of transportation fuel, is set to gain new momentum.