The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Video: A Plan for Our Energy Future

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 18, 2012

According to the Energy Information Administration, oil and natural gas supply more than 60 percent of the energy we currently use and will supply near that level for decades to come. The question is, how will America meet the challenge of that energy reality?

A presidential election year is an excellent opportunity for a conversation about energy policy. This week API presented a policy roadmap to the two political parties that takes into account the country’s ample oil and natural gas resources and discusses ways to use them for more jobs, a better economy and greater national security. API President and CEO Jack Gerard:

“The question facing America is not whether we will continue to need oil and natural gas in the decades to come. The question is: Where will we get it? Will we use our own vast energy resources or rely on others? … I believe we must acknowledge this energy reality and make the choices that will lead us to a greater energy future.”

See Gerard’s speech at the unveiling of API’s platform report below:

View the entire event, including a panel discussion of energy issues:


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.