The intensification of exploitation is in store for us whether or not cheap oil runs out. Resource depletion isn’t a problem for capitalists either–in fact, scarcity makes prices and profits soar. They don’t care where they get their energy–coal, natural gas from fracking, oil from tar sands and the deep oceans, biofuels, solar, wind, algae–the sources don’t matter as long as they control it all. The system is dynamic, adaptable, and infinitely ruthless.
It will not collapse by itself. There’s no escape from our need to destroy it.