link The first thing about this article that caught my eye was the title. I'm not really surprised that the administration's first thought is to boost supply rather than to curb consumption, but it's still disappointing. Promises for boosting supply have already been received by us from the Saudis. Prices have continued to rise anyway due to instability in the region and a downward sloping supply curve. I think that this should be clear to everyone: Gas prices will never be lower than they are today. Prices will only rise from this point on. There may be as much play as 25 cents in either direction, but I suspect the days of sub $2 a gallon gas are gone. I find it short-sighted of the administration to push for loosening environmental standards (a favorite tactic) when the best way to lower prices across the spectrum is to reduce domestic demand. With China an up and coming economy, oil supplies which are already being pumped dry at near capacity will become more scarce, and more expensive. If Bush were a good leader, he'd be looking for alternative ways of keeping the business of the nation moving. Investing in renewable technologies, rather than non-renewable resources which will soon reach their limit, is a much smarter plan, and will cause less trouble in the long (and short) run. The Bushies, who claim to be for free-market competition, certainly show no signs of wanting any competition for the oil and gas industries, which (gasp!) might actually lead to lower, more competitive prices, and in the long run a more efficient economy.