Anyone else enjoy the irony of seeing plastic get 'priced out' with steel, wood, and hemp replacing it because they're cheaper?
Solar isn't an answer to the oil crisis. It's an answer to the daytime peak power problem. We still need baseline power (nuclear works well, though paranoia is rampant) and we still need some sort of fuel. Shale and coal liquefaction can help for awhile, but we need to replace them eventually, too. Ethanol is not looking like a good solution for a great many reasons, so I'm mostly looking at aquaculture at the moment (algaculture right now, though I wouldn't rule out some bacterial culture solution).