I hate to sound a pessimist, but it's hard to shake the decision Volkswagen made to build the Rabbit in Westmoreland County following the gas crises in the 70's. That and I just saw a $3.20/gallon gas at the pump. It wasn't in Pittsburgh (I am away) but I really have to wonder how long before the energy mania is forgotten by many. That and it really puts in perspective the energy prognostications of even, or especially, the experts out there. I swear I heard someone last month say that even with some drop in oil prices the US consumer will never see $3/gallon again. There may be places in the US next week with market prices pretty close to $3/gallon.
There was grumbling when gas was $3/gal, but it was not really the news story that it was until gas prices peaked at over $4/gallon and looked to be accelerating upwards. If parts of the country are already back to $3.20 and possibly dropping... you just have to wonder.