If you hang out on any of the peak oil forums or discussion groups for any length of time, you’ll run across doomers. These are the folks that believe that society is screwed, we’re too ignorant and too late to stop the tide of problems heading our way, and that it will all end in fire. Some of these folks seem to be salivating in anticipation of the societal collapse they believe is coming, and I’ve often wondered why. I myself am in the middle somewhere on the doomer/cornucopian continuum, believing that while we’ve definitely got major problems coming our way, I don’t believe that society is coming to an end in the next decade or two. Things will change radically, but the whole process will take decades to play out totally.