I've mentioned The Oil Situation a couple times as I really think it will become the issue of the century. The Chicago Tribune has an excellent four-part series on the coming energy crisis. They skip much of the boring stats and figures and get down to the real issue: How is this going to effect regular Joe and Janet?
Finally, between September and February, Salopek volunteered as a clerk at the South Elgin gas station. He did this on dozens of occasions; he wanted to capture the inner workings of a typical American service station and the lives of its regular customers. He was unpaid.