I found an Irish website today that has a pretty graph that illustrate the looming oil shortage. In addition to that pretty graph, there is an opinion page forecasting the USA Empire to be the fastest to fall in history. Quite possible I imagine, although there isn't much fact to back up the statement and I am no scholar of empires, so I couldn't tell you which empire fell the fastest. I'm not sure if this opinion is widely held outside the USA, but I suspect it might. I have one Irish friend living in America who made the comment, "This is a fascinating time to be living in America, it isn't every day that you get to witness the sinking of the Titanic."