Feel excited about the new auto standards set by President Obama?
To get there, let's say that we all buy hybrid vehicles. We plug them in at night. Ta da!
You know, all that increase in electricity usage will only have one effect: higher demand = higher cost. Electricity costs go up.
Further, you know how we get electricity? Mostly through fossil fuels burned to turn giant turbines. So what difference does this really make?
If we went nuclear for energy, we could save a ton of money and it might be offset. But because the Super Genius in the White House has no intention of that, his legacy in so many ways will be that he made life less productive and more expensive for you.