You are looking at the world through a keyhole and thinking you can make an accurate assessment of our situation.
2016 is NOT 1973, when we were brought to our knees by OPEC, and there were no alternatives to driving bit to use gasoline. Today we have batteries that supply a dozen times more energy density than lead/acid, meaning that instead of an EV only being able to eke out 30 to 50 miles on one charge we can drive several hundred miles, and do it cheaper, with greater performance--- and the battery cycle life is many times greater as well. Solar cells are literally a thousand times more efficient today than in 1970; one watt of solar cell costs a few pennies... solar is so cheap Saudi Arabia is installing thousands of acres of solar farms to run their country rather than using their fossil fuels---they have the cheapest oil on the planet yet they are switching to solar power... if you think I'm bluffing, google it. If the Saudis are switching to solar, that is a sure sign we are letting the US oligarchs run us into the ground with oil dependency thinking it is the only way, when it is not... and they have the mainstream media (MSM) as their lackey cohorts to try to keep us believing it--- Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc... they are all helping the oil barons to hog tie us, but fortunately, one of the other things that was not around in the 70's was the Internet, which allows us to get accurate information before anyone can manipulate it--- you simply have to be savvy enough to know where to go and how to identify the liars. We DO NOT NEED PETROLEUM to drive
any more---go to You Tube, check out Tesla EVs embarrassing the most powerful internal combustion engine (ICE) powered sports cars ever built--- yet these Teslas are passenger sedans capable of driving more than 300 miles on a charge. Too, expensive? Buy a Chevy Bolt EV that can, handle well over 200, and with the savings on gas you don't buy, it would be like buying a gas car for $20,000.
Install an inexpensive Tesla solar roof, an affordable Powerwall battery pack to store the electrons you harvest, and any one of a dozen EVs--- whatever your budget can afford--- and you are off the grid for life, never again to a gas tank. Not everyone can afford all of that yet, but the average man can, and even the ones making a bit more than minimum wage can afford the used EVs already available. NO: WE ARE NOT DEPENDENT ON THE OIL BARONS!!!