With the BP oil spill fresh in everyone's minds, and the call for solutions to end the collective petroleum addiction rising louder than ever, it's tempting to just say let's just stop using oil. But the fact of the matter is that oil has so thoroughly coated every aspect of our lives—despite plenty of personal efforts by TreeHugger readers to limit their eco-impact—that getting us off oil is a gargantuan task, one that is simply impossible to do in one step. Rather it's a transition, a wholesale shift in the way we construct our towns and cities, how we move ourselves and goods around, how we make and package the goods we consume (as well as how many of them we purchase), how we grow our food, and more. It will take time, effort, and frankly will not be easy. But it is the right thing to do, for ourselves, for the United States, and for the planet.
What follows is a thought-provoking look at how we can start this all-important transition, and how we can all live minus oil.
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