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More Energy Charts …

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 29, 2011

Hope we didn’t sound irked last week because The Atlantic’s best charts of the year didn’t include any of ours or, for that matter, any showing America’s energy abundance. In fact, Carpe Diem’s Mark J. Perry points out that America’s energy richness was missed by a lot of year-end chart lists.

No problem. Here are a couple more of our favorites from 2011, starting with one of Perry’s. It plots the amazing growth in North Dakota oil production, primarily due to development of the state’s Bakken shale play through hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling techniques. 

Here’s another – from the Wood Mackenzie consulting firm’s study of how pro-development energy policies could create new jobs in this country. The job-growth curve here is nothing short of fantastic – nearly 600,000 new jobs by 2014, 1 million by 2018 and 1.4 million by 2030.


Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.