It amuses me to watch the outraged tribe of the Blue Party of industrial big-business-as-usual (that thinks rich people should be richer) rail hysterically against the 4c tax imposed by the Red Party of industrial business-as-usual (that thinks middle-class should keep on living unsustainable lifestyles) for the 20c increase in gas prices over the past 2 months.
No one ever takes a serious look at the entire economics of getting increasingly costly fossil fuels out of the ground, now that we are 15 years past peak conventional (i.e. cheap and plentiful) production.
The mental gyrations explaining why it's necessary to continue on, why we can still carry on the way we have for the past 100 years, why our lifestyle needs to be maintained, &c. &c., will be familiar to anyone who has lived with an alcoholic. Co-incidently, they are almost the same arguments for preserving slavery in the past.
On the flip side (not to be flip, mind you) the "Environmentalist" cause has long since floundered under the weight of irrelevant add-on causes that have basically stopped any meaningful action to prevent runaway climate change from happening. We were told 30 years ago that we had 10 years to prevent climate disaster... and every year since then, we've been given 10 years (this year, we really mean it!!) to change or else. Really, the window to prevent change closed decades ago, all we can do now is see how we can cope with the inevitable changes we've caused. So finally, various governments timidly instituted an utterly ineffective "price on carbon" while assuring voters that they can keep on truckin'. (or SUV'n as it were.) All it's done is piss people off, who are eagerly turning to snake-oil salesmen promising a return to the good old days.
The 'green economy" that is being bandied about as an alternative is presented as lifestyle-as-usual but made infinitely sustainable, which is a patent falsehood to anyone who looks into the hard science behind it.
Watching the spiralling costs of the collective poor choices we've made as a society over the past two generations makes me feel for the individuals caught helplessly in the maw of destruction, but also fearful of what happens when an entire mass of people start looking for someone else to blame for the consequences of their collective bad decisions.