Could it be that the only way we can ensure a supply to deal with unexpected disruption would be to opt out of NAFTA so that our supply would not simply disappear down the pipeline because the supply here would tend to depress Canadian oil prices?
We should not have to do much more than install large tank farms in all usage centres to take care of the local area if we can not get the oil there temporarily. But keeping them filled and fresh is another question. Why would anyone own a large supply of oil, administer keeping it fresh, accept the risks, unless there is to be some financial payoff when it does become a scarce commodity?
THe fact that our overall supply is running out is also a matter that dropping out of NAFTA speaks to. We certainly would have a lot more years of supply if we were not exporting so much. But we might have to cut back our own consumption too if we want to have enough fuel for even one more generation.
A lot of 'our' oil and gas is however already sold to US markets, so that part of it is somewhat beyound our grasp. We could leave them owning it but unable to export it?
That treachery appears to be part of the sollution.
In effect, once out of NAFTA, we would have to put into effect a plan to cut our consumption and stop exporting, and allow our US owners of oil sell only to the Canadian market.
We may have some political backlash from employees of companies that might see themselves cut off from a US market with Nafta's end.
But the big political backlash would come from consumers who want to go on using up the existing resources just as fast as possible, and from suppliers of same who want the right to sell as much of it as possible, as fast as possible and to the highest bidder.
We will also have people insisting on getting arctic methane hydrate into play to compensate for deliberate reductions in production of southern gas, conversion to 'clean coal' because we do not want any of that left for another generation either.
Frankly, democratic means will not likely solve these problems. We will not tolerate any change in our lifestyle until the change is unavoidable, the shortages irreversible and permanent, totally beyond control.