We are getting a bit of relief from $4 gasoline, but for the foreseeable future we can only expect the price to rise. We are once again hearing politicians call to develop independence from foreign oil. We continue to see support for subsidies for ethanol production despite the very negative impact on world food prices. Volatility in the Mideast and parts of Africa reinforce the risk of oil flow disruptions. So what are we doing to move us forward to assure reliable and relatively inexpensive gasoline? We are seeing a determined campaign by so-called environmentalists abetted by the Obama administration to shut down the Alaska pipeline.