The National Petroleum Council July 18 urged the rest of the nation to do some of what California has been doing for years to address the growing difficulty and expense involved in accessing oil and gas resources. Chief among them are to increase energy efficiency, rely more on renewable energy, and tackle carbon dioxide emissions. In a report to the U.S. Department of Energy, the council recommended other key strategies, such as developing nuclear power, unconventional oil and gas, and strengthening global trade and investment in energy. It added that training new energy scientists and engineers is key because half of the current workforce is nearing retirement age. The influential council--a federal advisory panel composed of some of the nation\u2019s top energy industry executives--outlined these and other recommendations in its report, Facing the Hard Truths about Energy: A Comprehensive View to 2030 of Global Oil and Natural Gas. DOE requested the report in 2005 amid rising concern about the adequacy of future supplies of oil and gas (see column below). \u201cThese are hard facts, and hard facts require us to plan for hard choices,\u201d energy secretary Samuel Bodman told the council in accepting its report. While Bodman said that oil and gas will remain pre-eminent, he added that \u201cwe must aggressively pursue new energy options and alternatives.\u201d Many stakeholders reacted to the recommendations. \u201cThis report underscores the urgency for America to move faster and go farther to secure its energy future,\u201d stated Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico), Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources chair. Council member and co-author Alan Kelly said the report is \u201ca forewarning\u201d that sustained action will be needed for decades \u201cto meet long-term economic, environmental, and energy security goals.\u201d Association for the Study of Peak Petroleum-USA board member Randy Udall criticized the report as too soft. It \u201cartfully camouflages the enormous near-term challenges in producing sufficient oil and gas,\u201d he said. The report is available at the National Petroleum Council\u2019s web site.