Peak Oil the latest Y2K bug
It is really quite funny following some of the lists that discuss Peak Oil. Maybe 1 in 20 of the members are interested in considering the real implications, and the other 95% are mostly the doom and gloom sort that jump from one potential catastrophe to the next. Y2K did not pan out for them, so now they are jumping on the Peak Oil bandwagon. Many of them are actually cheering for the downfall of civilization.
Just like with Y2K, there are a hell of a lot of potential outcomes, and while the one they are hoping for is certainly a possibility, I wouldn't bet on it. Not only do we have all the technology that we had available before the oil age, we have improved on a lot of it. Here in the Northwest we don't burn oil to generate our electricity, we get it from the turbines in the dams.
Transporting goods requires power, not necessarily internal combustion. For personal transport, just look at how fast hybrid technology is advancing. Hybrid vehicles are basically electric cars with a built in generator. As long as the hybrids advance, so will electric car technology.
For even more fun you can pay attention to when Peak Oil is discussed in groups with other concentrations. City people discuss how they have the advantage because they can walk everywhere. Country people talk about how they can grow their own food, and the city people are going to starve. The gun nuts figure that their guns will solve everything.
There are a hell of a lot of possibilities out there that can turn your personal world upside-down, just ask a Katrina or Tsunami survivor. It makes sense to plan for some of these possibilities including peak oil, but why the hell would you look forward to them?
Oh yeah, most of them are frigging idiots. I keep forgetting.