I think the time has come to enact a national policy like the one to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth. The new national mind set to be to reduce the import of all energy forms from outside our own borders to nothing before the end of this decade. We have all of the resources we need to satisfy our energy needs and only need to use them.
Whether we are paying to import the 3 or 4 billion barrels of oil annually or paying our own citizens to harvest it and distribute AND export it, we will still get it, still burn it and still ring up all of the pollution like it or not.
The question has absolutely nothing to do with ecology and only has to do with the balance of trade, domestic economy and American jobs.