Other 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.
Canadian oil sands are an example of the opportunities and challenges presented with development of an energy source. It is an abundant and stable supply from a friendly neighbor, and it will help drive America's economy and energy security. There are potential obstacles, however, in acquiring this oil in a cost-effective manner, as well as environmental issues, many of which are being addressed by the industry. The United States is working with Canada to resolve each of these issues through sounds policies, standards and regulations.
There are other challenges confronting our nation as we strive for economic and energy security, such as increased energy taxes, limits on domestic access and increased regulations. 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.