With the DC posturing over the budget and an Iowa man on the 31st day of his beer-only fast dominating the news, I wonder how may people has noticed what’s going on with energy prices. Oil nosed up to $112/barrel. And I paid $3.90 a gallon for regular yesterday. And all this before the summer season when gas prices usually go up. People are starting to get nervous–and rightly so–about heating their homes next winter. I wonder if as consumers we’ll plan ahead and take action now to make the home economics work, or if we’ll put things off like Congress.