Lately I’ve been seeing a substantial increase in news stories related to energy:

  • debates on the construction of new nuclear power plants
  • tips on conserving gasoline
  • making hydrogen from excess oranges and trash in Florida
  • analysis of why our domestic automakers keep getting their clocks cleaned (where did that cliché come from?) by the likes of Toyota, the leader in gas-electric hybrid technology. The reason for this, of course, is illustrated in the graph below.

That’s just what I’ve paid. Prices are much higher elsewhere, and in California drivers pay over $3.00 per gallon. In Europe prices are even higher, but they measure in liters, so who can do that conversion in their head? You’ll just have to take my word for it. So, are we nearing the “Tipping Point” when we begin a real break from oil and invest in cleaner alternative energy? Stay tuned.