I stumbled upon an article on peak oil a few months ago and went on to do a fair amount of internet research on the subject. I am left wondering: Why isn't there more debate/discussion on this topic in public among policy wonks in areas like planning? What are your thoughts on the subject? Kunstler seems to be the only prominent person in our field discussing the issue. Doesn't this warrant much more discussion?
FYI for those unfamiliar with the concept: Peak oil refers to the "Hubbert peak" of oil production. Global oil production is expected to follow the rough shape of a bell curve with peak annual production coming when we have extracted roughly half of the planet's oil. After that point, annual production (extraction) is expected to decrease over time, with likely dire consequences as prices are bid through the roof. An increasing number of analysts/academics/oil industry leaders seem to be arguing that it will happen this decade.