The money quote, and likely Fall campaign ad...
“But is the overall goal to get our price” of gasoline down, asked Nunnelee.It is possible to pursue both cheaper gas and alternative energy (although cheaper gas will tend to make it more difficult to get alternatives developed). However, Chu is on record as wanting to get gasoline prices in the US up to European levels, which are currently about $8.00 a gallon. I guess we just have to wait for the algae to start producing it.
“No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy,” Chu replied.
I'm with drill here, drill now, and frack it.