While it has little to do with premium gas, alternate forms of energy are always needed. Natural resources such as oil are in a limited supply. Learning to use renewable energies would help us all to have necessary fuel on demand, for the foreseeable future while not destroying our environment.
Yes, we need to be investing in alternate forms of energy, because oil and gasoline reserves are not going to last forever. However, this still won't stop the problem of people wasting money on premium gas instead of regular. If they choose to waste money, that is their problem, not ours.
Yes, the U.S. should be investing more in alternate forms of energy because they exist. Once we use more of these alternative forms, we will save more money and the environment. It is time to get the oil industry out of politics; we must start thinking about the future of our planet.
Technically this can fall into Article 1 section 8 clause 8
"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries"
but only for patents, it is not the government's job to decide, its the consumer. I would be fine with alternative energy if it meets these criteria:
1. Same or lower cost (per unit of energy and initial cost)
2. Consistency (household- I flip on the light and it comes on ; automotive -I step on the pedal and it goes)
3. Availability - i can have a car that runs on unicorn farts. If i cant get it, the car becomes useless.
Why do so many people want the government to tell you what to do?
The United States has vast reserves of oil. The country has so much oil that Americans would not run out of oil for hundreds of years, even if they stopped using foreign oil and just depended on domestic reserves. There is no reason to put significant money into alternative energy sources that do not create a viable return on investment.