He does know what he's doing... raising energy costs will provide fertile ground to extend and spend for alternatives. It makes the conversation with the American people a no brainer --- either use gas at $6.75 a gallon, or buy a battery powered car and don't buy gas at all OR, use the new high speed rail system instead of driving - and then the government uses tax money to subsidize the alternative energy and rail sector to get the prices low. The man and his advisors have a plan - just like DOMA. He didn't do that for nothing.... what do you think will happen when / if the Healthcare bill is found unconstitutional? He's setting precedent with one bill so if he needs it again on something so important like Healthcare... he does it again and it's not such a shock. Then he says at the Governors meeting how he's going to be flexible... flexible to let the States do what they want as long as it rolls up into a program the Fed can control.