If the statements from the O and his energy administrative assistant in the past that bringing US gas prices to European levels would help ease the US into alternative fuels/electric cars show their intent to break the US of it's "bad energy habits" I have one question:

Why hasn't Europe had some previous breakthrough regarding electric vehicles?

If Europe has had high gas prices for so long wouldn't it have been in the interest of Europeans to make that shift that the O and his cronys demand of/expect the US to magically make?

If so why haven't they done it? (and no - having a good public transportation system in place is not really an excuse when gas prices are through the roof)

Is it really that the O and his helpers/handlers just want to see the US economy go bust with some dream that the consequences will be desirable for them?

Ok, so that's four questions...