AND it means developing alternates as fast as possible. But not at the expense of setting up a never-ending policy of subsidizing alternate fuels. Subsidize the development of alternate, not the production of alternates.
The Pickens Plan has several good ideas. Our governor has some good ideas. McCain has some good ideas. And Obama has some good ideas. IMO none, by themselves, have THE answer. But, perhaps throw them all together and weed out the mutually exclusive ideas, we may come up with a real, full blown solution.
One thing is certain. We need to get off the blame game ("It' Bush's fault." "No, it's the democrats blocking drilling for 20 years." Get the hell off of finger pointing and do what many are simply giving lip service to - including McCain and Obama - work together to get things done.
One other thing is certain, we, as citizens, need to quit leaving it up to the government. We are the ones actually driving the economy with our purchase decisions. As such, we have the greatest ability to affect change by changing the way WE do things, through changing our purchase habits. (Not to mention our voting habits.)