First, there are some really smart things said in this thread, but there are some really fucking stupid things said too.
First, yeah, sure, we are running out of oil, but we've been running out of it since we started using it. There is so much oil out there. Tons. There are many untapped reserves out there. do yall know what the country has the second highest amount of oil in oil reserves? fucking canada. How much oil is canada exporting? Def. not even close to what it could. Did yall know there are tons of oil fields off the coast of florida? California? They are in utah, colorado, whyoming. Oil is everywhere. And on many fields it is not too expensive to take out(after 9/11 when oil prices went up, people started pumping oil again in WY. Unfortunately, I think dick cheney owns that whole state, so he's making mad bank on that shit).
We have much more oil than just 50 years. And in 50 years, technology will allow us not even to use oil, or at least cut it down drstically. 50 years is a really long time. Some great alternatives have been presented in the last 10-20 years, and many of them just need some fine tuning or cheaper ways to make them. Im confident that in 50 years the level of technology will be high enough to make many alternative's to oil more realistic for people.
You actually bring up a great point about american cities. Developers right now are doing shit for the people that will live in their neighborhoods, shit for the environment, and shit for communities, at least developers making subdivisions like this:
Looks nice right? Nice lakes, looks like a nice community? BULLSHIT. There are 2 entrances to that subdivision for hundreds of homes. If you live there, you will have to drive everywhere. Pretty much every new housing development looks like that. Not only do neighborhoods like this hurt the environment by making everyone drive cars to do anything, they drastically reduce the quality of life compared to what someone living in a traditional neighborhood like this:
Basically just look at the houses on the left. Neighborhoods like this were built pre 1950 and were designed with the pedestrian in mind creating shorter distances. The new neighborhoods were built with cars in mind. The older, traditional, linear style allows more people to walk the streets, to go to work, the store, to a park. With more people on the street, the street is safer, and creates a more lively community and greater quality of life. By designing neighborhoods and new developments with this in mind, you can drastically reduce trafiic and effects on the environment.
One thing that can really help is desgning multi use developments,
putting work, living and retail in the same block or in close proximity
to allow for more walking, and less driving.
Also, green architecture is starting to get really big. Having more effecient homes and buildings will really help our problem, as well as save a lot of money.
dude, if i was abe lincoln in the 1860s, and a bunch of southern states decided to break off, id be like, dude, fucking take them, we dont care.-mnscratchskier