Hofmeister sees a world in which the US can completely sever OPEC oil dependence, cutting over 10 million barrels per day of oil imports, and replacing most of it with domestic supply. A major cornerstone of this plan involves a massive shift toward natural gas as a transportation fuel and transport fuel feedstock. The US consumed over 19 million barrels/day of oil in 2010 and imported 9.2 million barrels/day - 49% of which was supplied by OPEC.
He estimates 5 million barrels/day of imports could be displaced by using CNG/LNG for trucking, an additional 3 million barrels/day could be displaced by using methanol (produced from natural gas, coal and biomass) as a transport fuel, and a further 2 million barrels/day could be cut by efficiency improvements.
Over the medium to longer term, natural gas could give oil a "run for its money" in the transportation fuel market.