I don't disagree with your comments about current prices being Obama's fault. However, his dithering and playing politics with US energy policy IS preventing us from becoming more energy independent. And years could be as few as 8. Based on the below report we could eliminate our imports of oil from the middle east, IF, Obama would do what's right.Sorry, but the spike in gas prices are not Obama's fault, just like the spike in gas prices in 2008 were not Bush's fault. Sure, Obama could do more to permit domestic oil exploration and production, and his doing so might help us become more energy independent years down the road. Increased domestic production might even have an impact (long-term) on the global price of oil. But we are never going to be immune from spikes caused by Middle East instability and increasing global demand in the summer. Gas price spikes are the new normal, and there is nothing, really, that any president can do to prevent them from happening.
The good news is that one of the factors that caused the 2008 gas spike -- a massive flow of money out of the capital markets and into the commodities markets -- does not appear like it will be present this time around.
HAHA. Still NOT the FINAL report. There will be another report forthcoming at some point.