I could not agree more. For the last 15-years or more, trucks sales are approaching 50% of all U.S. vehicle sales. I am currently involved in a study that will (hopefully) shed some light to the 'people in charge'. If the U.S. gravitated from a 50/50 car-truck fleet with 25 MPG / 14 MPG (car-truck) to an 80/20 car-truck fleet with 32 MPG / 14 MPG (car-truck) -- daily fuel consumption would be reduced by more than 31%. This reduction removes about 6.5 millions barrels of *daily* oil consumption. It doesn't quite remove us from foreign dependence, but it takes a lot of it away. If you make it 90/10 and 35/17 -- the problem of foreign oil is all but eliminated. We would have increase domestic production just a bit, but we would could thumb our nose @ OPEC forever.
My brother-in-law is a general manager at a large Chevy dealership near St. Louis, and he is telling me that truck & SUV sales are getting to be impossible. The cool new Malibu and used Hondas & Toyotas he can not keep on the lot. Especially used Accords and Civics. Gone!!
If these gas prices continue, there will be wholesale switch from a truck based fleet to smaller 4-cyl cars. I love my Accord and Corolla. (The Quest minivan...not so much).