"Who ever controls energy controls the people who need the energy"
Is there an alternative to petroleum?
Here's one possibility: Bio-diesel.
The raw material - used cooking grease - is currently being wasted.
BioLiberty.Net, a group of Gulf War veterans, is developing a production system that converts grease to a fuel.
One of the uses of the fuel is to help clear the lots of poor, elderly and handicapped land owners in New Orleans who are unable to clear them themselves and are having their land seized by the city under the new "Good Neighbor" Law.