Is the rise in gas prices a deliberate attempt to force US Citizens to jump on board with alternative energy?? Everyone is worried about increasing taxes, but what about the hit to the lower and middle class on gas prices?? How high will these prices go?? I'm hearing $5.00 by Summer. So far, it's right on track. Will alternative energy be forced down our throats because we can't afford the cost of oil?? Is that part of a bigger plan?? 0bama never mentions gas prices, it's not on his campaign agenda as far as I can tell.