What if the following is true: 1) Without a reliable supply of cheap petroleum the American economy will totally collapse -- which would lead to more death and suffering than #10,000 9/11s. Everything we do depends on cheap oil -- from suburban life to transportation and the production of computers, plastic, food (everything). 2) The world is running out of easily extractable oil (low hanging fruit) at precisely the time that demand has increased to a level well beyond future supplies. 3) Replacing petroleum is not nearly as easy as people think. Any non-oil solution will lead to a long turbulent period of suffering before the population corrects to a post-oil carrying capacity. 3) Whoever controls the last remaining oil fields in the world will experience the least suffering and death. What if Bush did what was necessary to secure more oil for America? What if the Left hates the very man who saved their way of life? What if Peak Oil is true and Bush did what needed to be done? **America -- because of its historically singular love affair with the car -- has not invested in things like light rail. America, unlike the ancient cultures of Europe and Asia, was built by cheap oil -- our entire infrastructure depends on it. There is nothing like America's network of auto-dependent sprawl on this planet. Americans have spread out more than any other people in history, requiring the highest oil input of any other advanced industrial nation by an alarming degree. Without cheap oil, the American lifestyle and living arrangement will collapse violently.