Mutually Inconsistent Answers
Think about how a majority of the general public would answers these 9 questions, let me predict their answers as follows:
1. Is global warming a problem and do automoblies contribute significantly to it? YES
2. Is increased energy efficiency desirable? YES
3. Are alternative fuels like wind and solar desirable? YES
4. Should we encourage hybrid cars? YES
5. Should we try to reduce energy consumption as much as possible? YES
6. Should we try to promote increased energy conservation? YES
7. Are higher gas prices, like $5 per gallon, a good thing? NO
8. Would you like to see lower gas prices this year, like $2 per gallon? YES
9. Should we legislate against "price gouging" by oil companies? YES
Bottom Line: The general public's predicted answers to Questions 7 - 9 are in direct opposition to their answers to Questions 1 - 6. That is, based on the predicted answers to Group A questions, people should advocate HIGHER prices for gas and NOT LOWER prices!
Higher gas prices, e.g. $5 per gallon, would lead to MORE energy conservation, LESS pollution, and INCREASED use of alternative fuels, whereas lower gas prices, e.g. $2 per gallon, would lead to LESS energy conservation, MORE pollution, and a DECREASED use of alternative fuels.