If all it takes is one US Congressman, then so be it. Kudos to Roscoe Bartlett for bringing the peak oil issue front and center to Congress. He has also taken an extraordinary step in modern day Washington - as a Republican he has voted against HR 6 - the Energy Bill.
Bartlett recognizes what President George W. Bush will not publicly acknowledge - that time is running out on the age of oil for the US and the world. And we should be doing far, far more about it than the current legislation, which is simply a giveaway to energy companies.
The lies that are being fed to the American people on energy issues are truly stunning. Again, as I have written earlier, the capitalist class in the US is either in very deep denial or is embarking on an evil strategy to keep the consumptive and lucrative oil culture of the US dancing as long as possible so they can make the most profits before the storm breaks.
The shields against lawsuits against those that have polluted groundwater stocks with MTBE are merely rubbing salt in the wound and completely in line with the rapaciousness of the business class in the US.
The bottom line is that there is NO WAY that the US can do much under the current mindset to alleviate the shocks that are coming on peak oil. We simply cannot drill our way out of it domestically and the best conservation efforts will only buy us months. We simply are not sitting on enough oil compared to our rising needs, to make much of a difference.
All the oil in ANWR buys the US 6 months of domestic consumption.
Bartlett is correct that a “Manhattan Project” crash course to immediately conscript the energies, intelligences and infrastructure of the nation to the development and deployment of alternatives to oil is absolutely necessary. In fact, it should have started 20 years ago.