I read yesterday that investors probably had more of an effect upon the price of oil than originally estimated. It was also hinted that perhaps several publically traded commodities were driven artificially high by investors. My first point is, this should not be allowed to happen and demands strict regulation! We should all be asking; "You mean me paying $4/gallon was just bull sh1t? You mean it was just some super wealthy investors driving up the price of oil? Are you effing kidding me? Now, one real benefit of the recent price explosion (whether real or not) is that we were forced to face the reality of dwindling petroleum resources worldwide. My big concern is that if the price continues to dive, will US citizens just forget about what happened and the reality we face? I can see short-sited Americans once again buying huge SUV's once the economy turns aound. And that is what I hope new legislation will help us avoid...stupid consumers! Recently, Bush eliminated the minimum mileage standards that were implimented in the late 70's! We not only need them to be re-instituted, we need them ramped-up!! The limitted petroleum resources is a fact we face forever. Countries world-wide need to impose minimum standards upon themselves as we search for alternative fuel sources. The wealthiest citizens around the world have no right to use 20-50 times their fair share of this valuable & limitted resource. Another good thing moving forward is that once the world economy does turn around, we will be once again faced with rising oil prices which will force countries to adopt minimum standards and prevent selfish consumerism.