"Have you looked around on european roads? You see SUV
's everywhere and big mercedes, BMW's and Range Rovers and many more."
you see very few, especially in comparison to the u.s.
"The point I was making, and was also made by QIguy24 is that Oil gets used up in the production of almost everything (if not everything)."
the problem is not oil or gas but yes, the overall use which you correctly pointed out
"Thus the US being a leading producer of many things,"
hate to break it to you, but the u.s. is not a lead producer of things anymore. you either have the quantity products from asia or the quality products from europe. in the world market, except arms, u.s. produced products play a very small role. the majority of u.s. production is made up of inferior products for the u.s. domestic market(cars are a good example). even u.s. companies in general produce in different locations because you can get a better productivity in asia and better quality of manufacture in europe/japan. which leads to the next point
"and having a large wealthy population,they consume more than others."
indeed, the consumption is the crux to the oil problem. it has not so much to do with the wealth people have in the u.s., but how its spent.
"Even if you took all the large SUV
's off the road, it would make about 1% of a difference to the overall use of oil."
limit suvs to people who need them like hunters, encourage energy saving and raise the price for electricity and raise awareness of water and electricity saving behaviour and you will have a shitload of a difference.
"Unless the US moves back into the dark ages along with the likes of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq etc, they are going to use lots of oil. This is just a fact of life. China and India use a ridiculous amount of oil also, and their use of it is rising massively. More people making more things for more people to buy."
if you go visit various countries with a great record on enviromental issues, you would discover that the daily life and infrastructure is in fact alot more advanced then the one in the u.s.
maybe the u..s should come out of the dark ages?
"Except of course in Sweden where no one uses any oil, drives any SUV
's and certainly does not use any oil for any sort of manufacturing..."
of course people do, but despite the long swedish winter and harsh road conditions, people still manage to consume less oil per captia.
and mind you sweden has a very low population density, buying power at least equal to that of the u.s. and a weather that is perfect for high energy use scenarios due to COLD winters and HOT