Getting back to the car topic, I'd be interested in seeing the Road and Track numbers that show owning a hybrid is cheaper. Form all the numbers I've seen, owning a hybrid costs you way more. The upfront costs you pay for it will not get made up in savings at the pump, unless you drive it for about 10 years, and don't have to replace the battery or anything. Just getting a Civic, or a diesel Golf or something will save you way more money.
And dependance will slowly shift from crude oil to some other form of energy. I think estimates put the world's oil supply at about 40 to 60 years. As time goes by, prices will continue to go up, until more energy production methods are developed, and as those eventually become cheaper, everything will just kinda switch away from gas without anybody really knowing it. Or so we hope.