The piece is written so concisely I can do no better than to quote Mr. Taylor’s introduction:
President Bush and many others are fond of saying that oil prices are high because we import too much oil. In reality, they’ve got it exactly backwards. We import energy for a reason: it’s cheaper than producing it here at home. A governmental war on energy imports will, by definition, raise energy prices.
Our search for the holy grail of ‘energy independence’ has distracted us from the real issue at hand: we have built our country, our cities, our communities around a transportation infrastructure that relies almost solely on fossil fuels. When the cost of these fuels increase faster than expected, the repercussions are multiplied: not only does it cost more for you to drive to a market to purchase goods, the goods cost more to produce and deliver since they rely on that same transportation infrastructure.
Our national focus should be on changing the policies that have led us to rely so heavily on fossil fuels instead of debating from which source we should purchase these fossil fuels.