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A Domestic Energy Revolution Is Underway In the United States

January 6, 2014

Across America (and on its coastal borders), a domestic energy revolution is underway -- one that is providing our nation with a genuine economic "stimulus" built on the free market pillars of innovation and hard work, says Nathan Mehrens, president of Americans for Limited Government. 

  • In Pennsylvania the Marcellus Shale formation produced 1.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas during the first two quarters of 2013 alone -- enabling the Keystone State to become the third-biggest gas-producing state in America.
  • West Virginia -- another state accessing the Marcellus Shale -- has rocketed into the top 10 in gas production (even though the Mountaineers have drilled only 5 percent of all available Marcellus wells).

These gains -- powered by innovative hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") techniques -- are driving down energy prices nationwide and creating desperately needed jobs at a time when America's work force participation has shrunk to a 35-year low.

  • According to a report by the U.S. Energy Department, domestic oil production is climbing to levels not seen since 1970.
  • And it's projected to increase by an average of 800,000 barrels per day through 2016.
  • Natural gas production is also expected to expand dramatically -- climbing by 56 percent between 2012 and 2040 to an estimated 37.6 trillion cubic feet.
  • All told, America will rely on imports for just 25 percent of its oil supplies in 2016 -- down from last year's 37 percent level.
  • Meanwhile the world oil benchmark is projected to drop to $92 per barrel in 2017 -- $20 less than last year's average.

Source: Nathan Mehrens, "Good News for 2014 -- A Domestic Energy Revolution Is Underway In the USA," FOX News, January 2, 2014.


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