In past posts Viewpoint has highlighted the catastrophic damage one nuclear air-burst could wreak on this nation just from the electro-magnetic pulse that it would produce (See here, for example). Now comes a report that discusses the calamity that would ensue from even a minor disruption in the flow of oil and how easily such a disruption could occur. It'd all be pretty depressing if you allowed yourself to dwell on it:
One thing this analysis doesn't seem to take into account is that were there to be such a crisis this nation would probably be placed under martial law or some other emergency governance. Political disagreements among cabinet secretaries would probably not be the impediments to dealing with the problem that this simulation suggests. Even so, the effects of an oil shortage on our economy and social fabric, not to mention world peace, would be extremely ugly. Sleep tight.