I noticed no one had mentioned anything yet... but oil is down to $33.87 per barrel. Unbelievable. Also of note, this recent price drop is AFTER OPEC had announced it's biggest production decrease ever (2.2 million barrels). It shows how demand really must be dropping like a rock for oil to continue to slide like this. Dow Jones, Nasdaq, S&P 500, stock market data - CNNMoney.com I love cheap gas, for personal reasons. Imagine how much worse things might be with the economy if oil had stayed high instead of letting the market control the price and drop like it has. Everything would be more expensive, in a market with fewer and fewer people being able to afford goods. That wouldn't be pretty. However, this definitely doesn't bode well for alternative energy projects. I'm guessing funding will be tight until the next fuel price spike. Our only hope is that the last spike opened everyone's eyes, and alternative energy research continues to grow.