The U.S. Depart­ment of Energy has led some of the dis­cus­sions between pol­i­cy­makers and the industry, and Hoffman thinks the lessons learned from Sandy will be applied moving for­ward. That con­cept is appre­ci­ated by Stephen Flynn, director of the Center for Resilience Studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston.

We always pat our­selves on the back because we cope pretty well when things go wrong,” he says. “But we have to get much better at plan­ning for these events, preparing to with­stand them better so we have less cost, less dis­rup­tion, less consequence.”

And Flynn says con­sid­ering all the things that can go wrong, there is still a lot more work the country needs to do to pro­tect its fuel supply system.

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