Recently finished reading $20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better by Christopher Steiner.
Here he is, talking about it in a couple of clips.
Mr. Steiner is not an economic expert. (Rather, he is a staff writer for Forbes magazine, with a background in civil engineering and journalism.) And his outlook is very fluffy - or at least the way he writes about it is. One of the problems I had while reading is that he doesn't discuss alternative fuels until the very end of the book, while the earlier chapters detail what he thinks we'll have to give up at each permanent $2.00 rise in the price of gas. He took 2008 data as a model, and extrapolated possible world changes from there. Like the loss of most air travel at $8, and sushi in places where it really doesn't belong at $16. (Boo.)
I'd like to believe that some of the other things he predicts could actually happen, though, like fewer cars on the roads and high speed trains connecting major cities across the U.S. and a return to cleaner and healthier fertilizers for crops. But I think the process will end up being a lot more painful then Mr. Steiner seems to.
In the meantime, I'll be over here, recycling, trying to use less "stuff", and driving a fuel efficient car. Join me?