this is a nightmare scenario for energy planners: the end of easily accessible oil.
the importance of solar energy cannot be emphasized enough. and coal, too.
it is possible that we will face a future when cars become less economically viable, even with hybrid technology and bio-fuels. that would actually be good news for the overcrowded cities of india.
bit of a doomsday scenario, really. but this guy is quite well respected and so is the arab he interviewed. i had posted a long article in the nytimes that quotes an oil cassandra in detail some time ago (i think it was the same simmons).
also, here's a look at india's future unless we cut down on cars and other senseless energy-guzzling and environmentally-unsound products.
i guess i am a sort of Green. after all, the only party i ever joined was the Green Party in california and i used to be a member of greenpeace. actually the New Left in the us is quite close to the Right in india in environmental sensitivity.