With fuel costs what they are, it's got to be passed on to the consumer eventually.
I filled up two days ago @$3.93 for regular. Ouch. I ordered a screwdriver set from Midway and shipping costs have risen noticeably from what I remember last.
Without an economical way to move people and products around the nation (never mind the impact to petroleum based manufacturing) I don't see how it's possible to ever mount any sort of economic recovery.
They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.