Fossil fuel exploitation, a nineteenth and twentieth century event, is starting to wind down. The technology and infrastructure built around carbon fuel will be replaced, pushed away by renewable energy systems that are just plain cheaper.
Electricity will power transportation and everything else, and it will come from sunshine and wind. But the transition won’t happen without smart decisions by those who pay most dearly for the status quo. States that don’t produce fossil fuel will have to lead. Washington won’t. Producer-states make lots of money and drag their feet to slow the transition. Lower fossil fuel prices (middle of 2015) have dropped Florida’s bill significantly. It’s perhaps only $50 million that it sends away instead of $100 million every day. Meanwhile, Texas takes in about $230 million or more. Don’t expect consensus on national energy policy any time soon.