Hi, all, just wanted your thoughts - our nearby city's liberal-leaning (usually) newspaper printed a column by a man who apparently has done his homework, with the gist of the article about the impending shortage of oil. To sum it up, we think $2 a gallon is outrageous, and we will probably soon be looking back on this as the good old days, due to the fact that "peak oil production" either has already happened or will shortly, and the world's dependence on oil will be disastrous. There isn't any more of it, relatively speaking, and no good alternatives to our need for transportation on a global scale. I had always thought it was interesting that when the Bible speaks of the Last Battle, in various prophesies, they refer to the battle taking place among all the nations of the world fighting on horseback. Fascinating, eh? Anywho, what plans would be prudent in face of the soon-to-be skyrocketing prices of not just oil, but every other commodity due to transportation costs (we are already seeing higher prices on building materials, boughten foods, etc)? How many of you are set up for solar or wind energy on your place? I was telling my hubby that if we could figure out how to put solar panels on the considerably huge south roof of our 100+ year old bank barn and create our own home energy system, the durn electric company would have to buy our excess. He was doubtful, having not followed this line of thinking before. And I know very little about how to initiate such a plan, but would welcome idears from you all. Plus one other observation: my parents NEVER forgot growing up post-Depression, and raised us to be frugal. We are the odd ones of this generation who listened (and didn't build a mega-mansion with the usual trappings of the consumer society) and have our place paid for, such as it is, and are thinking when it gets really bad economically we will need to have room for the relatives who are laid off and hungry. We feel the Lord has guided us and blessed us, and we know how to do a lot of "old-fashioned" things on this little farm including hard work, so we would want to help out any of them we could. Do many of you have experience with alternative energy systems? What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance.