Whenever gas prices rise, you can be certain of a few things: You'll see some lonely AAA spokesperson say "it is an unfortunate situation" (what else would they say?) The consumer groups with nothing better to do start complaining about big oil. The State Attorney generals start to look into "price gouging". People pay higher prices but don't really think about the real cause. Maybe Big Oil is ripping us off. But the real debate never gets discussed. Namely, we consumer a heck of alot more oil than we produce. We drive around mini Tanks (i.e. Hummers and Big ass Cadillac Escalades). Those are cool cars, but can you really have one without the other? Can you have these monstrosities on the road that are un needed AND have low gas prices from now until infinity? Of course not. We actually have low gas prices compared to most other industrialized countries. The real debate happens when Detroit and the politicians discuss how we can reduce our dependence on oil. Stand up to the Detroit lobby, let them make their profits from something else besides SUV's and let's lower our dependence on foreign oil.