Here is a video of James Kunstler talking about his book, The Long Emergency on Colbert Report.
His premise is that life inthe US is going to change because we will not have the energy (oil) necessary to sustain all the cars and 18-wheelers and suburban living that we are currently used to.
He says that ethanol, sun, coal, and wind are not going to be enough.
I just hope we have enough energy to heat and cool our houses and our food.
To be sure, certain luxuries are going to go away...According to the Air Traffic Controllers Association, "on any given day, more than 87,000 flights are in the skies in the United States." That's clearly a luxury we won't be able to sustain.
Plus,recreational boating and such will viewed more as extreme luxuries as people pay more and more for energy.
This is a long time coming. I've been talking about sustainability for 15 years. Glad to see it finally hitting the mainstream. Maybe people will understand that the Earth is not an Everlasting Gobstopper (a Wonka candy that, despite how long you suck it, will not diminish).