The date of this cartoon is 2004. America has not "learned" much. Instead of rationally managing our last remaining unconventional oil resources, in the name of long term conservation, we are using credit/debt to produce ourselves into oblivion as fast as possible.
Don't think for one millisecond that OPEC is not quite content to manipulate the price of oil around the $65 per barrel range to watch the United States produce its high cost, un-paid-for unconventional resources at a break neck speed, then export it around the world at a loss. OPEC understands shale oil decline and shale oil economics very well. By 2025-2026 it will be right back in the drivers seat. It has a plan and the plan, sadly, is working.