The U.S. Empire is sinking and will fall a surely as the tides come and go. But if you are counting on that to save the biosphere from carbon saturation, do not get your hopes up. The international auto industry, though back on its heels at the moment, is still strong and poised to grow exponentially in numbers of sold units.
The auto system is based on waste and subsidy. It cannot exist otherwise.
If we do not stop subsidizing the auto-system of transport, we will continue with waste, pollution, and energy wars until there is no human race.