Matthew Simmons contributed to the book’s chapter on Peak Oil. Simmons served as energy adviser to U.S. President George W. Bush. His landmark book Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy points to the idea of “Peak Oil” – the concept that we’ve passed the peak at which the world’s supply of oil can be extracted.
I’m deeply saddened that industry colleague and true visionary, Matt Simmons, passed away August 8th, 2010. He will be sorely missed by all of us who follow this industry and care about the quality of the planet we will leave to our children.