Well, this is the problem with having a career. While I was balancing my page count with the research, Kevin Drum has done a perfectly serviceable series of articles on Peak Oil. I'll probably revisit this in the context of some other ideas, but for now, not bad reading.
If you'd like to maintain that nice, mellow panic-buzz -- like taking too much Robutussin and trying to remember where the hell you left your wallet -- you can always go read some Joseph Palmer, or track articles at Global Public Media, or hang at the website of the guy who created the latest buzz with the article excerpted from his book The Long Emergency -- Jim Kunstler. His blog is Clusterf*ck Nation, which I find abrasive and amusing as hell.
I am incredibly encouraged by the fact that the Western Democrats (or at least some of them) understand that energy independence is both crucial policy and smart politics.