Oil is $130-something per barrel, and gasoline is over $4 per gallon. I am paying more for everything from milk to electricity to airline tickets. FedEx (FDX - Get Report) and UPS (UPS - Get Report) aren't delivering ... earnings. Retail stocks are getting hit because people aren't buying stuff with gas at $4.
And Starbucks cannot sell a $4 latte for the same reason. This is what happens when the world's most ravenous (for oil) country has no clearly defined energy policy. These are just a few of the results of a lack of national awareness of the problem and the potential solutions.
Barron's pointed out that the average U.S. consumer uses 25 barrels of oil per year. In China, that number is two barrels and in India it's less than a single barrel. The perception is that the growth in oil demand in those emerging countries will pick up and they will use more and more oil. True, we will need more oil.
What's the problem?