Energy in America

Institute for Energy Research: Hard Facts: An Energy Primer

Americans have been told for decades that we are running out of energy and that we are energy poor, but the reality is that we are an energy rich country.
For example, how many people know that the United

States has the largest combined reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas of any country on earth?

How many people know that the United States is the world’s third largest oil producer?

How many people know that increasing nuclear power would not reduce our oil imports? Less than one percent of our electricity is generated from petroleum.

How many people know that the United States leads the world in natural gas production?

How many people know that the United States leads the world in consumption of non-hydro renewables (wind, solar, biomass)?

The U.S. has 1.44 trillion barrels of technically recoverable oil resources, enough to power America for the next 210 years at current rates of consumption.

The United States has almost 1 trillion barrels of recoverable oil in oil shale deposits. This is almost four times greater than Saudi Arabia’s proved oil reserves.

(h/t Powerline. “It is remarkable how environmental doom-mongering has persisted over the decades, in the face of what should be obvious realities.”)

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