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That’s the problem and the solution in a nutshell. But it’s not the answer Democrats like Mr. Kohl and Mr. Durbin want to hear because in an election year, fanatic finger-pointing sells better.

So they continue to try to blame at oil-company executives, commodity traders, and gas-guzzling SUVs, and promote wood chips, witch grasses and windmills as the answer to all our energy needs.

Donald Lambro, chief political correspondent of The Washington Times, is a nationally syndicated columnist.