Times are a changing. With "peak oil" finally in proper perspective the hegemony of OPEC over the oil market is starting to sunder. The ascendancy of oil production in many corners of the world is beginning to change the accepted rules of the market.
The looming economic crises caused by the massive jump in oil prices must certainly be classified a national emergency. But there is an easy way to avoid that -- as long as our leaders ignore the oil lobbyists.