As Campaign 2016 barrels into the home stretch, all Americans should be energy voters because secure energy is fundamental in all our lives and to the future of our country.
Alaska represents a major part of America’s energy past, present and future. North Slope oil production – accounting for more than 95 percent of Alaska’s overall output – and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline that connects the oil fields with Valdez in the south were and are critically important to our country’s energy security.
As the United States’ fifth-ranked state in total energy production, Oklahoma has virtually the entire package: oil and natural gas (both top-five in output nationally), the sprawling oil pipeline and storage hub at Cushing, refineries and renewable energy – found in all that wind that comes sweepin’ down the plain, of course.
Wyoming ranks second among the 50 states in overall energy output, producing 9,362 trillion Btu in 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Only Texas produced more energy. Wyoming is playing an important part in a U.S. energy renaissance that has made our country the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas – resulting in jobs, economic growth, greater energy security and consumer savings.
The more you look at the 50 states individually, the more you realize how the United States really is an all-of-the-above energy nation. Alabama is another good illustration. The state ranked 15th in oil production in 2015 and 16th in natural gas output in 2014. In terms of power generation, natural gas has been Alabama’s leading fuel for electricity since 2010.
Production-wise, Florida is in the second tier of states in output (about 2 million barrels of oil in 2015, compared to Texas’ 1.26 billion barrels) – yet geologists believe there may be large oil and natural gas reserves on the outer continental shelf off Florida’s western coast.
According to the U.S. EIA, nearly 90% of the state is forested. Hence the nickname: the Pine Tree State. Yet, Maine is an all-of-the-above energy state – even with all those trees. Fuels from petroleum and natural gas are the next three largest energy sources, accounting for 52.8 percent of Maine’s energy use.
You might not think of Arizona as an energy state and to be sure, it ranks in the 30s in both oil and natural gas production. Arizona’s per capita energy consumption ranks 45th out of the 50 states. Yet, the state’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station is the largest nuclear power plant in the country, and the state ranked second in the country in utility-scale electricity generation from solar energy.
South Carolina relies heavily on nuclear power for electricity generation. Four existing nuclear power plants supplied 54 percent of the state’s electricity in 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Louisiana is a big energy producer – especially when you count oil and natural gas from the areas off the state’s coast – and it’s home to major portions of the country’s refining sector. In addition, with the lifting of the ban on crude oil exports and the opening of new natural gas liquefaction facilities, Louisiana is a hub for new U.S. energy exports.
New Jersey is a key refining state, home to three major refining facilities that make the state an important fuels distribution center on the East Coast. These refineries have benefited from the U.S. shale energy renaissance, which has provided an abundant supply of domestic crude oil for processing into a number of refined products Americans depend on every day.
Whether your idea of a farmer is the earthy man behind a plow or the technology savvy woman in the seat of a GPS-guided tractor, it is important to remember the role that energy plays in keeping your dinner plate full.
Oil and natural gas industry job creation played a critical role in moving the United States out of the great recession a few years ago. And, because of energy demand growth and demographic changes on the way, our industry promises to be a leading job creator in the future.
We shouldn’t forget that America’s energy revolution – surges in domestic oil and natural gas production – is a positive development for members of the armed services. A stronger, more energy secure America that’s less dependent on imported oil, is an America that’s less impacted by energy-related tensions around the globe.
Our daily existence depends on access to water – and we need it clean. For drinking. For cooking, bathing and recreation. For life itself. Enter energy...
From the lights and hot water to the uniforms and television broadcasts, energy is what makes “March Madness,” well – a slam dunk. And all of it falls into what I will describe as the oil and natural gas “Final Four” bracket: arenas, transportation, materials and broadcasting.
Beer is water, malting barley, hops and yeast – requiring lots of energy. Energy to grow, harvest and store the barley and hops in the right conditions. Energy to transport the grains to breweries.
New polling shows a majority of voters in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina – including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents – support offshore energy production.
The increased availability of affordable, reliable, cleaner-burning natural gas is a major factor in lowering consumer power costs, with more electricity generated from natural gas-fired generators than coal-fired generators during five months last year, EIA says.
The U.S. energy renaissance, which presidents and policymakers only dreamed about four decades ago, is here. Right energy policy choices can sustain and grow it, helping to ensure American economic prosperity and security for decades to come.
During this week’s State of American Energy event API President and CEO Jack Gerard described the economic and energy security gains generated by the U.S. energy revolution and the policies needed to create opportunities for the oil and natural gas industry to continue them.
Almost exactly 40 years after it was instated, the ban on crude exports has been lifted. A relic of ‘70s-era energy scarcity, the ban makes no sense now that the United States leads the world in oil and natural gas production.
API assembled a great panel of election/campaign experts to discuss how Election 2016 is shaping up and which issues will be salient when Americans vote a year from now.
With President Obama’s unfortunate decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, look for a number of reports and analyses advancing the notion that the president’s decision is a “stunning defeat” for our industry, Canada and members of Congress who support the project. We disagree.
“This poll shows that energy is a top issue for voters next year because it plays a key role in job creation and economic growth,” said Tracee Bentley, executive director of the CPC. “Colorado voters understand the opportunities that pro-development policies create and the need for an all-of-the-above energy policy that helps produce more domestic energy and lower energy costs for American consumers.”
A better approach for a prosperous society would be to emulate the path that the U.S. is taking and that oil and natural gas are leading the way on: one of more energy, more security, more jobs and fewer emissions.
Our Vote4Energy campaign started in 2012 to guide the energy policy discussion away from partisanship and political ideology and instead focus on a bright energy future benefiting all Americans.
U.S. oil and natural gas companies continue to lead in investing in the domestic economy, with five companies among the Progressive Policy Institute’s top 25 in 2014 U.S. capital expenditures.
API has a pair of new ads that drive home the economic and national security reasons for lifting America’s 1970s-era ban on exporting domestic crude oil. Check out the "national security" spot here.
Some quick points from the new crude oil exports study from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Late last week the Obama administration gave the go-ahead for limited domestic crude oil exports to Mexico, a positive move on oil exports – yet one that immediately underscores this question: Why stop there?
At an event last month, API President and CEO Jack Gerard sketched the broad outlines for a national conversation on energy, connecting energy policy with the approaching 2016 elections.
Keystone XL promises to bring similar economic benefits and greater U.S. energy security as we strengthen our partnership with Canada, America’s No. 1 source of imported oil.
America has been gifted with a renaissance in the domestic production of oil and natural gas – the drivers of our economy and our modern lives, now and in the future, thanks to abundant reserves and an innovative, technologically advanced industry.
The U.S. energy revolution is fundamentally empowering. There’s no better word for it. Because of resurgent American energy, our country has choices where the horizon once was filled with energy-based limitations.
API President and CEO Jack Gerard said offshore energy is part of a “unique American moment” – the opportunity to sustain and build on resurgent oil and natural gas production that has created jobs, spurred economic development and made the U.S. more energy secure in the world.
Explore the countless ways energy makes modern life more healthy, comfortable and safe.
Energy – the Bipartisan, Indispensable Issue
energytomorrow.org Throughout this election season, we’ve campaigned for our candidate: energy. As a policy issue, energy exerts an outsized impact on the issues Americans care about most: lower consumer costs, job creation, economic growth and security. Polls show that voters of all political persuasions appreciate t...
Energy isn’t a partisan issue. Producing more domestic oil and natural gas means more opportunity, more growth, and more security for America.
America is leading the world in oil and natural gas production. More abundant energy means more affordable energy. That’s why, this election, so many Americans are becoming energy voters. They’re voting for American energy.
Is it true U.S. oil production is up and energy infrastructure is creating jobs — all while carbon emissions fell to near 20 year lows? Yes it is.
America has a proven model that creates job, boosts our economy and energy security, while also achieving environmental progress.
As this administration prepares to release the last of its regulations and we approach the election, it’s important that the significant progress we have made continues.
Election Day Priority: Getting Energy Policy Right
energytomorrow.org With Election Day a week away Kyle Isakower, API’s vice president for regulatory and economic policy, and Erik Milito, API upstream group director, held a conference call with reporters to reiterate the embedded nature of energy in a variety of national issues and the importance of selecting leaders...
The oil and natural gas industry’s environmental reclamation initiatives are a big part of being a good neighbor. More stories on the blog.
Vote For Reclamation – Vote4Energy
energytomorrow.org For the oil and gas industry, former buildings, facilities, well pads and rigs often hold promise of a second life for both local communities and the environment, whether it’s turning an offshore rig into an artificial reef, reclaiming an onshore drill site or repurposing a building or port to fit a...
We have a proven model for achieving environmental progress without sacrificing jobs, economic growth, energy security or consumer affordability. Our political leadership has the opportunity to continue, and expand upon, the American energy revolution…
Vote 4 Energy
The industry’s efficiency efforts recognize the value of reducing its own use of electricity and reducing emissions from operations while protecting the environment and improving air quality. All play an important role in industry’s partnership with..
Vote for Energy Efficiency - Vote4Energy
energytomorrow.org Making industry operations more energy efficient makes sense on two levels: It’s good for the environment and it’s good for business. It’s another way the oil and natural gas industry is making a difference in areas and communities across the country.
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