I remember about 5 years ago there was a period where the pumps were out of gas for about 3 days. I don't know the exact reason why, but something was going on with the oil in the middle east and that was the result. My mother commuted to the city for work at the time and had to take the day off of work because there wasn't enough gas in the car to make the round trip with half a tank. There was even one gas station that was trying to sell for $2/Litre(at the time .75c/Litre was normal). It got me thinking last night...(infact I spent an hour talking about it before I went to bed with the wife) about what would happen if there was no gas at the pumps for more than a week, a month, two months??? I mean they say that there is only 250-300 years left of fossil fuels. What happens when gas prices hit $5/Litre??? We've already seen it and just on a minor scale. The gas goes up, so does the food prices, electricity, water heating, in essence EVERYTHING/LIVING. This is not another 'paranoid possibility', but a WHEN and SOON. I would like to put some faith in human kind that we would come up with a quick solution and I think that humans are very adaptable, we always have been in history and I believe we would be today and sometimes we don't give us enough credit, but what do we do for that 2 or 5 or even 10 years while the government that the masses rely on figure out a solution. Unfortunately people like myself that live a modern life(although up north and not in a city) can't put all of our eggs in one basket financially, throw our jobs out the window and retire at 25 years of age. However, my wife and I have planned to live a modest life with a modest car, home, and living essentials all the while supplementing our food, beer, preserves, and overall entertainment with the simpler things in life like nature. This will allow us to acheive that self sufficient lifestyle earlier on in life. I will be ready, I'll tell you that. And I think this is a great site with great ideas, great people, and not like some other paranoid schizo sites, it's more realistic. So, in relation to prepping, it's the thought of the inevitable like this situation that lead us to prepare and to be self sufficient.