You need to read Jim Bliss’s article on peak oil, and you need to read it now.
I’m sceptical that the engineering facts he points out (the big one being that global oil output has almost certainly peaked) lead to his conclusions about the certain collapse of Western capitalism. However, it’s undeniable that a) we need to seriously change what we’re doing and b) we need to do so Right Now.
Increasing fuel tax tenfold across the EU and spending the money on new nuclear power stations would be a bloody good start (*and* it would piss off all the right people, which is always a bonus). Better to wean ourselves off car culture gradually, rather than watch all aspects of society collapse when suddenly the cars won’t go.
Unfortunately, that looks rather unlikely to happen (see the "piss off all the right people" point above). I recommend alcoholism and drug addiction as a coping strategem (and possibly the acquisition of a 50-year supply of canned food…)