WASHINGTON – November 7, 2020 – Following the election of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States and Kamala Harris as the next Vice President of the United States, Anne Bradbury, the CEO of the American Exploration and Production Council, released the following statement about the importance of including U.S. oil and natural gas producers in a clean energy future:
“The importance of made-in-America energy in providing affordable, reliable, and clean energy is a nonpartisan issue. Our products touch the lives of every American, and our industry has made America a leader in the global challenge of addressing climate change, while also giving our country the energy security needed to support our national security and foreign policy goals.
“We are partners in environmental progress, as much of the technological innovation required to deliver future economic growth and a cleaner environment will come from our industry, with its ability to deliver solutions to both meet energy demand and reduce emissions.
“We look forward to coming together and partnering with policy leaders and elected officials on both sides of the aisle to develop and further practical, thoughtful and focused solutions to our country’s – and the world’s –complex economic, national security, and environmental challenges.”
Technological advancements like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling further environmental progress. Hydraulic fracturing is responsible for some of the cleanest energy in the world – the technology has allowed us to increase energy production, while also reducing emissions.
- Since 2010, the U.S. shale revolution saw natural gas production nearly double, while U.S. total energy-related CO2 emissions declined significantly.
- In 2019, as a result of fracking and increased natural gas production, the U.S. reduced CO2 emissions by 140 million tonnes, the largest reduction of any country according to the International Energy Agency.
- Because of fracking U.S. emissions reductions have outpaced the rest of the world. According to the EPA, from 2005 to 2018, total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 12 percent, while global energy-related emissions increased nearly 24 percent during this period.
- Methane emissions from oil and natural gas systems are down 23 percent since 1990, according to the 2020 edition of EPA’s Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks
About the American Exploration and Production Council:
AXPC is a national trade association representing the largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States. We lead the world in the cleanest and safest onshore production of oil and gas, while supporting millions of Americans in high-paying jobs and investing a wealth of resources in our communities. Learn more at https://www.axpc.org/