The problem is compounded by inertia.
Since mankind began using fossil fuel, the growth of the population has risen exponentially. The availability of power to move goods, and support
industrialization engendered an era which few could have imagined....
Around the 19th century the population began to snowball in magnitude, and today we have entire nations that exist only because the energy was
available to make it possible.
If all the oil were to disappear tomorrow, we would lose billions of people within decades because they cannot survive without the ability to move
goods to their locations. Cities could absorb neither the influx of desperate people, nor afford to move enough food and materials to its location to
support their own populations. It would be horrible.
Millions living in otherwise inhospitable places would die, especially lacking the fuel necessary to move away to better locations (which would be
battlegrounds for survival as entire swaths of society descended upon them seeking the opportunity, at least, to survive.)
Well over 1/2 of the world's population would die out without the energy that fossils fuels provide. This stands to reason because the same
population numbers wouldn't even exist now, had it not been for the availability of the energy to support them.
These billions of people, who take for granted that food is available, that light and heat are accessible, and that they can 'go' wherever they
please, will discover that it was only fossil fuel-derived energy that made their freedom to 'pursue happiness' possible.
The oil problem is about people and what they want. Billions will assume that their individual paltry use of energy can't be the problem, which
would be true if there weren't billions of them.
As we speak, grass roots inventors and theorists are trying desperately to find a magic bullet, free energy, super efficient sustenance farming,
lifestyle changes, and even community-based consumption, to offset the reality that the governance paradigm shifted from public welfare to mercantile
welfare; and thus commercial exploitation went into overdrive, as many now know.
Gas is a byproduct of oil, and it's true cost has traditionally been wildly out of sync with its price. Since the cartels which coordinate the
consumers burden are driven by profit growth, consumption - even reckless consumption - is very welcome to them. It is contrary to reason; but then,
wanton profit usually is.