If you think RTH is nuts with all its Peak Oil examinations, take a look at the Doomers.
The Toronto Star's Cathal Kelly, aided by Hamilton's own Sheryl Nadler, chronicle the post-oil apocalypse preparations of two modern day survivalists, and attempt to explain just why they are so worried:
The high priests of the doomer set include the acerbic critic of suburbia, James Howard Kunstler, and Matt Savinar, founder of LifeAfterTheOilCrash.net. They envision the Peak Oil aftermath as something out of Mad Max. Chronic oil shortage will dovetail with urban violence, ecological degradation and financial chaos to create a series of cascading catastrophes. They expect the 21st century to look a lot like the 18th ... primitive and dangerous.
I once went to a WinterFest carnival in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square. A woman next to me set a cardboard box down on the floor, opened it up and hollered, "Free Teddies!"
Within 20 seconds the box was empty. As I leaned in to grab a fluffy Coca Cola bear, a middle-aged man charged me in the back and snatched it out of my hand.
I don't know about you, but if this is how people behave when they're trying to snag a free toy, I'd hate to see what the world is like when the oil runs dry. Maybe it's time to find me a boat...