We all know, or at least we should know, that our addiction to oil is hampering any and all diplomatic endeavors in the Middle East and the world for that matter. How can any leader of a Middle Eastern country that does not need the US for protection trust our diplomatic efforts for stability when we have a hidden agenda that is not so hidden. Face it; we know and they know that our reason for wanting stability is to keep the flow of oil coming. Crackpots like Ahmedinejad and Chavez know this. Why else would they be stumping to move OPEC's money out of dollars. They know such a move would hurt our economy. Our weakness is glaring and easily targeted. Our "leaders" have been giving lip service to energy policies but has anything changed? let me give you a hint: No. It's time to put our representaives on the spot. We need a real energy policy focused on alternative methods of energy. We all know that geothermal, solar and wind not to mention more energy efficient construction materials and techniques are readily available if at a somewhat higher cost than traditional methods. Currently there are no real incentives for individuals to upgrade to alternative energy. Face it why would anyone spend thousands or tens of thousands for a measley $300 tax credit? It's time for us to demand a real energy policy with real incentives. No more lip service. I am pestering my reps and senators to draft a bill that would give real incentives to incorporate alternative energy in both existing and new constrction. I am suggesting a 100% tax credit over 5 years for any investment in residential alternative energy systems such as ground source geothemal, solar, wind and even wood heating systems. The benefits are obvious. The less oil we need from foreign and hostile countries, the better our security. Our diplomatic efforts for stability would improve since our hidden agenda is gone. OPEC would get a lot less money and hostile countries would not be able to use our own money to fund terroirsm dircted at the US. The US economy would benefit as new businesses open to provide the technology, equipment and labor needed to upgrade our energy systems and as a nice little perc, we would all have cleaner air to breathe. This is not rocket science. The question is are we going to demand that our politicians stand up and show some balls for once or are the special interests scaring them too much?