I think most leftist leaning "experts" that think that would be a good thing forget the whole trickle theory. They believe this is a way for them to control whether or not wealthy people will gain more wealth, or power....and it's done in the name of environmental protection. The facts are the more the price of oil goes up, the more it drives a divide between the haves and the have nots. It's the one thing that we all need on an equal basis regardless of wealth for the most part, and it's much more expensive to the little guys than the rich. When they realize that, and start to do things to actually bring the price of power down, then you'll see the country thrive again. It's the single most important item in growth in my opinion, and the one the environmentalists use to do more harm to thier group than good.