"Here's the missing piece of the puzzle," said Cramer.
"We aren't converting this natural gas into a surface fuel for anything but a handful of trucks and almost no cars. There's no infrastructure, there's not many trucks and they aren't yet that efficient. They aren't because we don't have a national mandate to use the fuel." That, Cramer said, needs to change – pronto.
"We need the federal government to say it will switch its fleets of autos to natural gas by, say 2016. That would encourage the gas station owners and the nat gas producers and the surface vehicle makers to work together to promote rapid acceptance of a fuel."
Should that happen, Cramer believes America would embark on an industrial renaissance the likes of which we haven't seen in this country in decades.
"Our nation and our continent would become energy independent," said Cramer. "That would break the back of OPEC, a cartel that's held our nation hostage for 40 years."
"It can happen," Cramer insisted. "It can, if the potential of nat gas gets the attention it deserves."