The post-oil future

The Washington Post has published the great article “Wake Up, America. We're Driving Toward Disaster.” In it, the author makes the case that getting rid of oil means changing everything that currently depends on it and it turns out that that is a lot: How we travel, how we produce food, how we build our cities, etc.
Interestingly, even if, at one point, we find an energy source that allows us to freely live the “oil life style”, I think all the changes that are currently forced on us are for the better: We have to grow more food locally, pay farmers better, develop public transport, build more compact cities (thus wasting less land), etc.