When an SUV owner fills up, who pays for it?
Kevin, I like your proposals, and think they should be a matter of course. Bush has unfortunately failed miserably at even being able to enunciate such goals, so the fact that we have not moved toward them is not surprising.
I sincerely hope that whoever wins the Republican nomination takes a lesson from Gingrich and espouses as set of clear and achievable goals which can be both easily expressed in slogans e.g., "Peace through Strength" or "Dismantle the IRS" as well as defended at length and in depth by the candidate and the party platform.
Your mention of access to oil is the sort of issue which has become an albatross about the GOP's neck. "No Blood for Oil" is a mindless mantra that not even the most eloquent of pundits (except perhaps Hitchens) has had the guts to refute.
I'd suggest the slogan "Energy Independence" with the sub-goals of maintaining open world oil markets, deregulating drilling and refining at home, and fast-tracking the development of nuclear energy. Undoubtedly the Democrat will support stronger regulations against SUV's and targeted tax incentives to ethanol-from-pig-manure boondoggles.
I'm afraid that if Hillary is the Democrat nominee, the Republican will run against her, rather than for any positive program. For what exactly did Bush stand in 2000, other than not being Al Gore? I'm keeping all my digits crossed.