Dave Pollard has an excellent article on the likelyhood that we will run out of oil sooner than most people think.
In reading this article, I thought about the Bush administration giving huge tax breaks for buying gas-guzzlers like Hummers. Definitely not in our country's best interests - but good for the oil industry, and that is what counts to the Bush administration: children, can we say cronyism?
As Dave points out, it would be so much better to start a strong conservation program now than to wait until civilization as we now know it is changed, much for the worse. In my opinion, people who waste energy are unpatriotic. Polititions who ignore this issue are unpatriotic. Some people just don't give a damn about the long term health of society.