09 August 2010

Matt Simmons Found Dead of Drowning, Apparent Heart Attack

In addition to promoting alternative energy, Matt Simmons was also a noted proponent of the 'peak oil' theory. He was also an outspoken critic of BP and the US government, and their handling of the Gulf Oil spill.

His most recent extended interview on the Gulf Oil spill was on King News World in July.

Be he right or wrong, as time will tell, he was a human being with a family and friends who loved him. His untimely death is their loss, and we should remember this even as he becomes a target for political back and forth, given his involvement in controversial topics.

Kennebec Journal
Energy expert Simmons dies in North Haven

By Tux Turkel

Matthew Simmons, an international oil expert who most recently focused on developing renewable energy from the waters off Maine, died Sunday night of an apparent heart attack, his office is reporting. He was 67.

Simmons founded the Ocean Energy Institute in 2007, hosting a grand opening of its new office last month in Rockland. The goal of the think tank and venture capital fund was to attract investment in research to make Maine a global leader in offshore wind and other ocean energy sources.

According to police reports, Simmons suffered a heart attack while in a hot tub at his home on North Haven. An autopsy is planned for today in Augusta, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Simmons was a leading energy investment banker, a former energy adviser to President George W. Bush, and author. He wrote the 2005 book “Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy,” which laid out an argument that the world was approaching peak oil production.