National Energy Issues

The United States' energy demand is projected to grow through 2030.  America is striving to meet its growing energy demands with all viable sources, including fossil fuels, renewables and alternative energy supplies.  

This endeavor brings opportunities and challenges.  The issues that need to be addressed include access to steady, reliable sources; economic impact; development of sound regulations; and increased conservation and energy efficiency.  It is imperative the industry, in coordination with citizens and policymakers work together to maintain America's position as a global leader.

Domestic access to energy is an example of the opportunities and challenges presented with development of an energy source.  We have an abundance of oil and natural gas on our lands and off our shores, and development of these resources will help drive America's economy and energy security.  There are potential obstacles, however, in administrative requirements to access these source, as well as environmental issues, many of which are being addressed by the industry.  We need leadership that will move this process forward in an expedient manner so we can develop much-needed energy and bring new American jobs and revenue to states.

There are other challenges confronting our nation as we strive for economic and energy security, such as increased energy taxes, increased regulations, and building an energy infrastructure.  We can still achieve our goals, however, if our policymakers take the time to fully understand the issues, and make sound, fact-based decisions. It is the goal of forums, such as ours, to help educate citizens, industry and policymakers alike so decisions are made in the best interest of all Americans.

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