Yes, something has to happen, and we can't afford to wait until January 20, 2009. I'd like to start by prosecuting Halliburton and other war profiteers, taking back the billions they've stolen, and using that money to fix some of what's wrong. And none of this trickle-down theory, either -- it needs to go directly into the pockets of those in need.
There's one good thing that could come of all this, if employers are smart -- more jobs could be structured to minimize commuting:
1. Many more people could work from home at least part of the time. With webcams, even meetings don't always require physical presence.
2. Some industries could go to a four-day week.
3. Major downtown companies could open little storefront satellite offices in suburban areas, to keep employees who live in those areas from driving all the way to the main office.
Just think of all the benefits, even beyond energy issues! Wouldn't it be great if we got that smart?