pennor1, Thanks for the picture. Reminds me of all the stories I heard about how engineers figured out how to do so much with so little during and after the war. We might just be headed back to those days if the Peak Oil people are right. When that happens we won't be comparing renewables to oil anymore. We will just be trying to figure out how to move our stuff to our farms. Anyway, I agree that the current system is just plain crazy. Yes, Anthony James the III can move his millions from US currency to oil commodities to protect from inflation but average Joe is, as you say, taking it in the shorts and he is curled up in the fetal position. Painful to watch.