This is the forward to Bill Powers’ new book, "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark" written by Art Berman. Conventional wisdom would have North America at the dawn of a new era of energy abundance thanks to shale gas resource development. However, industry has vastly overstated viable supply. Declining productivity combined with increasing demand will cause a crisis in the coming years that will lead to skyrocketing prices, damage the economy and impact the lives of nearly every American. "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark" is vital reading for anyone concerned about the inevitable impact of our uncertain energy future.