Truly it's amazing that given our civillisation is so heavily dependent on oil that we are so woefully unprepared to face up to the challenges of it running out. Sure there's debate about exactly when but we can all agree that it will run out. Some believe that this is the year we get to the Hubbert Peak while others put it out a few more years. If you're middle-aged, you'll probably live long enough to see the pump run dry.
Just think about that.
The world economy, our cities and lifestyle are all based around transportation and distribution. And that's all based on cheap oil. And we depend heavily on oil-based products like plastics and other petrochemicals. But the topic really isn't up for discussion except by doom sayers. There's no quick technology fix either. For example, switching to electric cars would require the national grid to quadruple.
Shouldn't this be discussed as urgently as global warming? The transition out of the oil age isn't exactly going to be easy.
In the meantime you can watch and plan on the price of oil to slowly soar. It's now just reaching $40 a barrel but we can probably get another blissful decade living with it. The sooner it rises the better since it's the only way the issue will get serious attention but it's going to cause some serious economic and political turmoil.