Energy policy, when left to the minds of the general public, would have us burn anything and everything in sight. 10,000+ yrs of history speaks to this. If you want leadership in energy policy it takes a leader who can put their vision to action. We have a president who could make energy policy the top priority (or at least a higher priority) of the country if he so wanted...as could have any president before him. Evolution is quick, but not that quick. The voting masses that make up society today are no more innately intelligent than the masses that supported a roman government that had Rome burn while playing a fiddle or two. Is it really all that surprising that history is repeating itself, the people are the same, we just have fancier gadgets to entertain ourselves with while setting ourselves up for the fall. Burn, baby, burn...whatever we can find, wherever we can find it!