One of the biggest problems with energy police in the United States right now is that so much of it is based on something like "circular logic".
Industrial society is pretty big and complicated, and we all depend on fossil fuels. There is a big argument that we don't have any choice but to continue extracting and using more fossil fuels. I certainly can't argue that, I live in Montana and am using natural gas right now to stay warm.
But then after we do that, we have an excuse to use more. Mass transportation systems are a silly waste of money, when giving everyone a car makes more sense, so they can go wherever they want. But then once that is done, well, we need to find more sources of oil.
This is especially a problem because once more it looks like America has cheap energy again. It looks like we will have five more years, at least, to build more sprawl and then go scrounging for fossil fuels to keep it running.