OPEC is a cartel and therefore illegal if operated in the US. Several of these nations are among our worst enemies; others provide funding or safe harbors for terrorists. Our massive import of crude is a major cause of our world trade imbalance. The recent price drop of crude comes not from good will towards consumers, but to stifle the exploitation of recently discovered deposits in US territory- those in the Gulf of Mexico alone upping our proven reserves by 50%. This newest deposit is economically viable at $65 per barrel, hence the current OPEC price around $60. Lets add a $60 per barrel tariff to OPEC imports to encourage energy independence for America. $120 per barrel crude would stimulate market forces for domestic production and alternative energies such as clean coal, wood-based ethanol, bio-diesel and hydrogen from nuclear power. To offset high consumer prices, the plan should include a corresponding tax rebate for energy consumed, making the tariff revenue neutral.