The debate about energy usage took an unexpected turn with the recession. Up to a few years ago, a lot of soul searching went on about fossil fuels, how humans were squandering resources and how things might turn pear shaped once the oil ran out.
"Peak oil" is now such a well worn phrase that nobody seems to think about what it means any more and turning off lights around the house, always a sensible practice, has become a habit that most people practice.
In ways, this recession may do more good for the preservation of comfortable living that is being assessed by pundits who cry "doom" daily on national media.
If we don't keep burning up our resources needlessly, put on an extra jacket or jumper when the weather turns chilly and think twice about going on unnecessary journeys, things might just turn out alright...