Earth Day Reflection

A Valero customer pumps gas at a station in Palo Alto, Calif., April 21, 2008. Rising gasoline prices tightened the squeeze on drivers Monday, jumping to an average $3.50 a gallon at filling stations across the country. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
How's your Earth Day? Wish you had bought a Prius about two years ago?

It's amazing how our commitment to fuel conservation grows along with the escalating price of fuel. The price of gasoline reached a record $3.50 a gallon this week. And the price of crude oil has been flirting with $120 a barrel.

Some of that is because the dollar isn't worth bupkus. Some of that is because the world keeps using more and more oil

We in the U.S. accustomed to cheap petroleum got drunk on it. Giant SUVs and pick-up trucks were must haves until what…last year? And today the government announced intentions to raise fuel mileage standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2025.

While that's laudable…it's also laughable.

If America were really serious about energy independence, those standards would have gone up a long time ago. Soon America won't have to worry about burning so much fossil fuel

We won't be able to afford it.
By Harry Smith
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