Looking at the uneven economic recovery in the US, you begin to understand how much the price of oil influences things. Wall Street seems happy, but for everyone else that has a tank to fill things are very different.
Connecting the Dots has been talking about this right along, and as time goes on people are beginning to see that there are several pillars that hold up the economy. They would be the price of oil, banking practices, and government oversight of corporate structure.
Supply and demand can not be manually overridden for any length of time without some negative fallout. Push prices up artificially and discretionary spending money is quickly sucked out leaving the economic engine without fuel. The price of oil has not been in line with market demand for several years, and that was a major contributor. With the magic tipping point of $100.00 per barrel, $80.00 per barrel oil leaves only 20% of that discretionary spending money to spend.
On that thought if energy were free, every cent of every dollar would be fueling the economy. And as it would be, energy is free less the cost of the equipment to collect it. Solar power and wind power are in abundance, and wind power looks to be increasing as global warming continues increasing storm sizes and changing weather patterns around the planet.
Even people that live along rivers and streams can purchase or make their own hydroelectric generators capturing the energy in the river. So just like the Internet and its concept of being decentralized, so must be the way of energy in the future to free the economy from the grip of the greedy who look to manipulate the market prices.
Meanwhile the government is doing its part to strengthen the other pillars by various methods of persuasion. It seems to be having some affect on the business men who still are connected with the rest of the world. The ones that have lost touch and are off in their own little world will require stronger methods.