(50) Saving suburbia

The Oil Drum blog is good daily reading for anyone concerned about our global energy future.  Even the comments from the readership are so smart it’s scary.  Suburbia draws on energy resources for the commuting and consuming it is dependent upon.  The fact those energy resources are more expensive and harder to get at calls into question the very viability of the entire complex of things that go with suburbia.  If the energy available to suburbia declined what would happen to the poor there?  We think they’d have plenty of company as what is left of the middle class gets demoted by the energy and financial dysfunction to come.  There may still be reason to argue about when exactly the energy dysfunction will really go big but we don’t see how a person in touch with reality even moderately can believe in a techno-utopian future suite of fixes that will allow us to prance past the energy issue.  Jeff Vail has been writing about practical responses to the energy issues of suburbia for some time now.  He wrote about resilient suburbia for the Oil Drum in 2008.  In 2010 he gave an address called Rescuing Suburbia at an ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil) conference.  Links below.
Rescuing Suburbia video & powerpoint slides 2010
A Resilient Suburbia?
4-part series 2008