For the love of god, quit re-enforcing this non-sense. Gas prices do need to go up if we are ever going to be energy indpendant.
Right now we produce about 50% of our energy, and our energy efficiency hasn't improved since the 1950's. Europe and Japan are 2 to 3 times more energy efficient we are.
The reason why they are so much more energy efficient is because they pay more for gas.
I drive a V-8, and I will choose to drive a V-8 until it is no longer a viable financial choice for me.
Now, I don't trust the government with more tax dollars, but what I would support is a tax and dividend program. It works like this. Gas is taxed to drive gas prices up to European levels. 100% of this money is put into a dividend, that each adult gets a share of, and kids get a half share of.
The result of this would be that you could buy a more fuel efficent vehicle with your dividend check, and have a new car thats price is offset by gas savings. Same goes for house insulation, windows, using energy efficient light bulbs. The more ways you save energy, the more you get to keep of your dividend payment.
This is known as aligning our interests with our goal of energy independance.
The only way we become energy independant without something like hydrogen, is through efficiency, and anyone who says otherwise is telling a bold faced lie!!