I'll edit and add something to this later on but here goes:
Throughout ages the civilizations have risen and fallen and this time it isn't no different. We have very much similarities fall of Rome, most notable one being currency debasement and other measures that grow more and more complex while pushing problems back a bit further while they grow in size. I believe that we are currently experiencing a long decline of the post industrial oil-dependent society. NASA-backed peer-reviewed study agrees with me though it seems to suggest socialism as a cure to reduce economic inequality.
Even if many of you will not agree with me that recent Western aggressions are a matter of resource wars, isn't it staggering that every US president since Nixon has promised energy independent USA (who also happened to be the first one to "temporarily" cut the direct convertibility between dollars and gold)? Latest of these promises has been backed by the shale oil technology which is like shaking a can of soda and then opening it and then declaring that soda is abundant. However, fracking is nothing new. The investors have ran after the first year as the production declines, sometimes by 90%. Fracking is a bubble.
People are saying that we will soon come up with something but we are only experiencing the law of diminishing returns. Many people don't realize that in order to harvest more energy, we need more energy. Technologies require more and more assets while providing less and less assets. Oil was a natural jackpot of energy that allowed the industrial revolution. It won't be depleted though. At one point its harvesting will just cost more energy than it will provide. We should seriously start investing in renewable energies, although they won't have a high enough EROEI to handle the current consumption. Maybe someday after the worst parts of infrastructural decline we will be able to recover somewhat using steam technology which became temporarily obsolete due to more efficient combustion engines requiring oil, but we might have already missed the opportunity to go to colonize space until we build a Dyson Sphere or something (expect at least a few hundred years).
Am I crazy? Am I wrong?