Down the line

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Could anybody explain me the meaning or sense of the expression "Down the line" in the following text, within a Weekly Address given by President Obama on February 25, 2012?:

"You know there are no quick fixes to this problem, and you know we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices. If we’re going to take control of our energy future and avoid these gas price spikes down the line, then we need a sustained, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear, biofuels, and more"

Thanks in advance.

  • Thomas1

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    polszczyzna warszawska
    In the future (while we are getting energy, i.e. gas). I think that it can also be an indirect reference to the actual gas pipes, which creates a play on words.
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