There’s nothing particularly new in it, but it’s the front page of USA Today, so I feel obliged to link: "Debate brews: Has oil production peaked?"

It’s typical mainstream journalism, scrupulously "balanced" in that it gives both sides equal time and makes no effort to evaluate their respective credibility or the validity of their claims. But it’s a complex topic, so I guess that’s the best we can expect.

I suspect the average reader will come away from the piece thinking, "Ho hum, another group of alarmists crying about another alleged apocalypse … wonder what’s on TV?" Which is another way of saying: Peak oil won’t have bite until it hurts average people, directly and for a sustained period of time. Such is life.