"If the past is any guide, accidents in the energy sector profoundly affect this country's energy outlook." John Deutch points to Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and oil shocks in spurring development of non-OPEC oil sources.
Add to that the recent discovery of "vast natural gas resources in unconventional reservoirs like coal seams, tight sand and shales in the United States and elsewhere" and the lower price that follows means natural gas will initially begin replacing coal in electricity generation, and in time, oil in transportation. But the U.S is lagging.
"As of 2009, Pakistan led the world with 2.4 million vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas and over 3,000 fueling stations. By comparison, the U.S. had about 100,000 such vehicles and 1,300 stations, consuming 0.1% of the 12 million barrels of oil per day devoted to transportation."
Thanks to Mark Boshnack