"The coming energy abundance" (H/T Manny Klausner) is much more plausible than "peak oil". The case for policy makers to sit on their hands (I know, impossible) rests on the fact that scientists and entrepreneurs are not sitting on their hands. This is why I have much more faith in technological advances than I have in political action to save us from rising sea levels.
From Poverty to Prosperity by Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz offers a delightful tour of the intelligence behind the optimistic view. I think it's a superb holiday gift (to yourself or others). It may even help one get over the depressing spectacle of LA's mayor and California's governor (among many others) jetting off to Copenhagen so that they do not miss the photo-op of the year.