The problem with your theory is that it hits the poor the hardest.
Yes. From the comments, yours included, I have noticed that, unlike the EU, poverty and inequality is still a big problem in USA. (I'm not sure I can formulate the answer in more palatable terms.)
Your comment is a sad statement on the state of the unbound capitalism prevailing in the USA, where everybody's on their own. That, sadly, completely prevents adding any kind of predictability, stability and planning to the system. And planning is what is required if we are to solve the energy problem.