May GOD bless President Obama, he needs good advise from somewhere. The President stopped his regime from foot dragging on opening up drilling areas as mandated in a law passed in 2008. The problem is that he opens exploration, but holds back on actual leases to drill. It is like trying to date someone who keeps calling you, but can never seem to find an open date on the calender. He actually canceled the Alaska leases that could have given more oil in a few short years and opened up a process that takes a decade. He upset activists on both sides of the issue. If the announcement came today, I would think it an April Fool’s joke. Maybe I need to give the President’s men a hint. Just let Alaskans take care of it. They value the environment up there and will insure it is done right. Next hint, since you want to do this in conjunction with more alternative energy being used, raise the gas tax to about 20 cents a gallon (about a penny and a half). That will raise about 1.7 billion dollars annually and is small enough not to affect demand or cause hardship. Sell the leases in Alaska that were suppose to go up for sale. Take that money and put in a trust fund for energy security and transportation energy alternatives. Use that trust fund to give grants to encourage an alternative energy infrastructure in transportation. First set aside a billion dollars to give tax free grants to service stations that set up alternative fuel depots whether that is hydrogen, methane, or electric battery swap outs. Next give significant prize money to inventors who come up with ways to increase solar cell efficiency to 20% or greater, the better battery, cold fusion, etc. Put up 100 million dollars for each of those and watch what happens. We do not need to sink our economy to make it better. Smart policies will lead to prosperity. Let’s pray that someone in the inner circle will get that.