A newly-propounded Executive Order renews and updates the president's power to take control of all civil energy supplies, including oil and natural gas, control and restrict all civil transportation, and even provides the option to re-enable a draft.
It will come as a shock to most Americans, but no presidential candidate -- nor any candidate, nor any local, state or federal government -- has developed a contingency plan in the event of a protracted oil cut-off.
While I commend the Obama administration and 13 automakers for boosting the Corporate Average Fuel Economy of cars and light-duty trucks sold in the U.S., it is only a baby step toward solving our real problem: oil addiction.
Green shoots prophesying accelerated declines in American oil consumption are cropping up everywhere. Even before the recession, total domestic oil consumption was in decline and the trend accelerated as the economy lagged.
Since reducing United States commitment to Israel may be a prerequisite to getting OPEC oil, the most promising short-term to mending the US economy, should the United States compromise and reduce some of its obligation to Israel?