One car families have become 4 car families and the resulting congestion and rising fuel costs seem to baffle us for some reason. Why?
We're not going to come out of this problem easily. We treat the Earth's natural resources as consumables to make profit from in the case of the oil companies. We can make a comeback, but now it's going to take a real effort.
Don't blame my generation completely on this problem. I took the bus and rode my bike to my little league games.