After the show I was discussing how the rising cost of fuel would impact on us and our immediate family. Hubby travels to the CBD in crowded, slow trains every day. As more people leave their cars at home and use public transport the trains will only get more crowded and slower. Solution: work locally. Rising fuel prices will mean food will become more expensive, both for growing and transporting to market. Solution: grow as much of own food as possible. This will be difficult, if not impossible, for most urbanites. Even if we were to get rid of our dog (a member of the family) and plant out our tiny backyard, we still wouldn't be able to grow enough food to make a sizable dent in our needs. Most urbanites would be in the same boat as us. People living in flats might be able to grow chives and maybe some tomatoes on their balconies - hardly self-sustaining. I'm not very good at economics but rising fuel prices would eventually lead to negative growth. Most people have huge mortages and debt burdens. If the economy goes into recession then the number of bankrupcies will skyrocket. Many people will lose their jobs and homes. Solution? No idea. Are there any economists out there who have any idea how to make a negative growth economy work?