Former Shell exec predicts blackouts, gas lines

Here’s the drum I’m going to bang until…..We need to be prepared.  The scenario outlined below by the former CEO of Shell Oil is from a complete establishment insider and he clearly sees what is going to happen. This isnt some doomer sitting in his basment surrounded by beans and guns.  Yet, the level of our dysfunction is so great that we simply shrug and say “can’t be that bad…something will happen…”

Well, what’s going to happen is that we will be faced with having a LOT less energy, either rapidly as he seems to predict – as an optimist, he says of himself – or over a period of a few years which may give us some time to get used to it.   Either way, Lexington must be ready!  We must be ready to feed ourselves, provide for our shelter needs, to protect society, to educate our kids, to carve some quality of life out of what will be otherwise a very stressful transition.   It’s not if, but when.  And I promise that no amount of wailing by the radical right can change any of this.  Unless we launch more wars.   Some choices we face, huh?

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From:  Texas Energy and Environment.

3:43 PM Fri, Jun 18, 2010 |
Elizabeth Souder/Reporter

Americans are on the path toward blackouts and gas lines, and the federal government’s tools to prevent it are broken.

And John Hofmeister, the former Shell executive who made this prediction at a World Affairs Council breakfast on Friday, said he’s an optimist. Some of his energy industry friends expect worse, he said.

“Within a decade I predict the energy abyss looks like brownouts, blackouts and gas lines,” said Hofmeister. “Our federal government, when it comes to energy and the environment, is dysfunctional, it’s broken, and it’s unfixable in its current form.”

Hofmeister, the former chief executive of Shell Oil Co., is promoting his new book, Why We Hate the Oil Companies. He has also created a nonprofit called Citizens for Affordable Energy.

The Houston resident has a solution. He wants the U.S. government to get out of the energy business. He would shift oversight of energy and the environment to an independent agency, similar to the Federal Reserve.

He worries that the U.S. won’t have enough energy because of the way government restricts using various types of existing technology, such as oil, coal and nuclear power. But the U.S. hasn’t developed the alternative technologies to be able to replace fossil fuels.

A central agency could address issues of supply, technology, infrastructure and environment without getting tangled in the short-term political cycles.

“In a world of energy shortage, which we are becoming, we actually have more energy than we’ll ever need. Ever. Forever,” Hofmeister said. “We just need to decide which [type of energy] to use when.”

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