But the oil-fired economy, and the lifestyle that comes with it, is nearing an end, says writer Paul Roberts in his new book, "The End of Oil." A radical adjustment will be required, says Roberts, and it can happen gradually or it can come the hard way, which could force the world into a chaotic rendezvous with the post-oil age.
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Paul Roberts, author, "The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World."
This program aired on September 6, 2004.