OK, so here in Texas, which takes approximately 22 hours to cross by car, there are a lot of farmers and ranchers. They must use pick up trucks and other rugged vehicles to do their jobs. Are they supposed to use bikes or take a bus?
How about people who cannot afford to live in metropolitan areas where they might work. Are they supposed to ride bikes over interstate highways to work? And buses don’t even come close to taking them from anywhere where they live to where they need to go to work.
Your statement is way over simplistic and not based in the daily reality a lot of people live.
I agree. So the answer is to drill more, build more refineries, build more nuke plants, use clean-coal technology, (all of which democrats in congress are against). We also need to conserve more where we can, but cannot make the assumption its practical for everyone.
Actions like suing OPEC and increasing taxes on oil companies do nothing to contribute to energy independence.
Perhaps you enjoy paying more, you are in the minority. People can only modify their lifestyle so much to account for increased energy prices and their impact on all other prices (food, products, home heating, etc).
People will have to choose between paying for food, or paying for medicine, or heating their homes in the winter, in order to drive to work, because a bus system (or train or lifestyle modification) is not practical for everyone, like your comments imply.
I agree we should develop better conservation habits, but I would be willing to be that the majority of gas usage would not be considered “wasting gas”.
Energy is not a zero sum game. Setting my thermostat at 72 degrees does not mean someone else in the world has to set their thermostat at 88 degrees.