Right now, success is judged by how much energy is used. Think about it, the person who is successful has a really big car; they take really expensive vacations; they have a really big house. Now we have got to have another yardstick by which we measure success because success can't continue to be measured by how much energy we use, do you think?
I was alarmed to learn that some homeowners associations and condos prevent Americans from flying the American flag at their home. That's why I've introduced H.R. 42 to guarantee Americans the freedom to fly the American flag in front of their homes. This Act would restore every individual's right to show their allegiance to our great country by flying the Stars and Stripes.
The only question is when the peak will happen. The Chinese are preparing for a global production peak in 2012. Without contingency planning and preparation at least 10 years in advance, the U.S. will have a really bumpy ride. Oil runs our economy. Oil runs our military. Oil makes and transports the food that we eat.