The growing crisis in Western Europe stemming from the high price of oil will provide a boost to research into alternative fuels for automotive applications says . Blockades of oil depots and refineries have spread this week, as truckers, farmers and taxi drivers across Europe have sought to protest about the level of gasoline prices. High levels of fuel taxation in Europe have been a focus for the action, which has been triggered by a steep rise in the price of oil traded in international markets.