Why the kill-for-oil culture will collapse and die - "Paper or plastic?"
Avoiding starvation = going backward?
Two nation-examples that need more attention from the global U.S. media are Cuba and Argentina. Each economy lost much in the way of material consumption that supposedly marks civilized progress and prosperity.
The people of Cuba and Argentina are doing alright by utilizing low-energy practices and systems.
Cuba suddenly found itself without petroleum from the Soviet Union, and had to scramble 14 years ago to implement bicycle/bus based transportation. If that wasn't enough of a challenge, agriculture had to be revamped to end reliance on the suddenly nonexistent petrochemicals and petroleum fuels.
Today there is almost one bicycle for every two persons in Havana, Cuba, and many of the bicycles are work-bikes that have large containers for hauling goods. Bus ridership is at about 30% of Cuba's population, compared to 2% (?) in the U.S.
Havana nowadays has 30,000 organic gardens/farms that supply one-third of the food needs of the city's two million residents.