Q wasn't pretty much spot on, Bobert, he nailed it.
The issue (nailed by Q) is this:
"Reduction in use of energy stands little chance of being approved.
We like the privacy of our cars, warm houses and air-conditioning, Hawaiian holidays, etc."
There will be no more reduction soon. Choices will be made by governments, often to the detriment of people. Oil and all it entails will be at the same level as food. We all 'need' it, but to what degree? Do we need it more than the kid down the block? Do we drop our standard of living so someone else can live?
There are options we can choose in what Q said. The only remaining questions are which options, and which are more important to us.