and the double negative in your statement points out that we DO in fact need alternative energies! If the US had learned its lesson in 1973, we wouldn't be getting an energy pickle up the bum 35 years later!
However, I'm sure that's well before your time. Like they say, unless you learn from your mistakes you're doomed to repeat them!
The sad truth is that we'll all be paying for our inaction on adopting alternative energies for the forseeable future! Pay me now or pay me later. American's don't know what it means to pay now! Look at the credit crisis as a crystal clear example of our gotta-have-it-now mentality without considering the long-term consequences of the decision we make.
As for me, I'm debt free and lovin' it. Most of you are drowning in debt you can't service and piling more on credit cards at exhorbitant rates you won't be able to repay in a lifetime.
Stupid is stupid does!
I should have said, pay me now or pay me more later.