Energy is actually the less disconcerting side of the issue, if you ask me.
It's really all about the shit that we use every single day lives that is derived from petroleum.
Fuck, this laptop I'm using probably has over 100 different things that came from petroleum.
Imagine how much the price of computer would increase if we hit peak oil.
Imagine how much the price of all these things would increase.
It's not simply about the non-availability of these products, or whether we'll be able to use substitute ingredients.
It's about how much less efficiently will we be able to produce all these things that are currently made from petroleum.
That's the disconcerting side of the issue, if you ask me.
Energy will be a significant issue in and of itself, but we will have alternatives ready to go.
How many products will we have much more difficulty producing once oil is gone? Or significantly more expensive?
When you really think about it, it almost seems like oil has been the single greatest enabler of all our economic growth.
Without it, what's gunna happen?
Whatever ends up going down, I won't count out the possibility that human ingenuity and innovation will come up with substitutes.
It won't be easy, and we might go through a lot of pain, but I ain't gunna freak out about it just yet, when it might not come for a long time, and it might not even be all that bad, if and when it does happen.