Yes, but all fossil fuel based and all the water based transport is large and heavy , nor suitable to be horse drawn or sail powered. Wood powered steam vanished years ago.vtsnowedin wrote: The port cities already have energy and transportation facilities in place and will carry on.
Take the fossil fuel out of New York and it dies. Who's going to walk up all those towers?Consider that New York had a population of 500,000 in 1850 and Brooklyn across the river 100,000. As transportation hubs they will always carry on. As to the food supply declining the food production sector is a small enough portion of our overall energy use for it to be given top priority (or second after defense) so starvation is a ways off yet.
Where is that food produced using that small proportion of the total energy? In the mid West, Canada and California probably. The transportation of that food also takes a massive amount of fuel even if it is transported via the Great Lakes, canals and the Hudson River. And "for it to be given top priority (or second after defense)" sounds like a socialist ordering of priorities to me. Would such a socialist way of doing things be countenanced in the great US of A!! where the market is king.
Food shortages will bite most in the Middle East where their populations have grown on the back of fossil fuel riches. Egypt is a case in point where they have outgrown the ability of the Nile and its Delta to feed themselves.We won't be getting grapes flown in from Chile mid winter but we can adjust to that. If food shortages bite anywhere it will be in third world countries where population has outgrown food supply.
Third world farmers could probably feed most of the local population after many of them go back to the countryside once subsidised, cheap dumped imports from the US and EU stop putting them out of business. As local farmers have never relied on fossil fuels they'll be in a better position than many Western countries to feed their nations, even with increased populations, using improved seeds and companion planting systems developed locally. Hopefully all this will come about before the likes of Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer wipe put all vestiges of sustainable farming in those countries.An end to our exports to them and they are toast.