We all know that gas prices have gone through the roof. There's a lot of handwringing and most of those who offer up solutions only look for one silver bullet. There are several steps, that if they were combined, could bring people together and lead to a consensus among most Americans on how we move forward.
1) Congress should increase CAFE standards x 2. I own an 1988 F-150, it's fuel efficiancy is the same as a current model F-150. We're 18 years after that truck was produced and no changes to engine efficiency. It's time to push auto manufacturers to produce high efficiency engines. These standards should be applied to automobiles, trucks and semi trucks. Imagine the effect if a semi could leap from 6 mpg to 12 - that would be tremendous.
2) Congress should direct the EPA to form plans that would be friendly for those who want to build oil refinery plants in the US.
3) Congress should direct the EPA to form plans that would be friendly for the new construction of atomic power plants and hydro-electric plants.
4) Congress should open up the Alaska oil fields.