A little more than an hour before ringing in the New Year. The fireworks are already popping off.
Wishing everyone the best possible under the circumstances of reality. My intuition tells me this new year will bring something akin to enlightenment for a large portion of the population. The signal-to-noise ratio regarding the behavior of fossil fuel production will get high enough that we should begin to see concepts like peak oil start to dominate the new cycles even in the MSM. The talking heads are going to find it hard to ignore. Just as there is finally the dawning of realization about climate change among government and media, even among republicans though they ardently wish it not to be caused by the human economy, there will be a similar awakening regarding the critical role of net energy and the economy. They are all linked and the lines connecting the dots are going to start showing. I fully expect the republicans (and libertarians) to persist in their beliefs that a growth-oriented free market capitalist economy is the solution to all ills. But those able to be enlightened should start to see the light.
Even so, I suspect there will be little in the way of action. The reason is very simple. There is nothing anyone can actually do about it! No effort at crash programs, no amount of money thrown at it (and there really isn't any money to throw at it!), no amount of hope is going to move the line. The scale of the problem is simply too big now. We will have less real wealth production each year and there will be more climate calamities to deal with, and there will be more mouths to feed. At some point in the coming decade we will witness the clear trend in the decline of civilization as we have known it. Already there is talk of "third-world America" but the talking heads still believe it has come about simply because of greedy selfish bankers, or they blame a weak president. They have yet not seen the true underlying cause of decay (most of them probably have no idea what the Second Law of Thermodynamics is).
Welcome to the future. As Yogi Berra once said, "...the future ain't what it used to be."
For those wise enough to attend to the signals, find your positive way forward. Even in the decline of this consumerist civilization there can still be progress in the human spirit. Just hope for the right things.