Posted August 7, 2014
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in June – Thanks to Oil and Natural Gas Exports
The Christian Science Monitor: WASHINGTON — An oil and gas boom helped drive the US trade deficit to a five-month low in June, according to federal data released Wednesday.
Increased domestic energy production means Americans are buying less foreign oil and gas, and selling more of it overseas. That has tamped down the trade deficit in recent years, helping along an economy that continues to recover from the Great Recession.
Some say the deficit could be slashed further if the US were to ease energy export restrictions put in place to protect US consumers from global energy shocks. But such a move would have impacts that go beyond the country’s balance of trade. Critics of oil and gas exports say they will raise energy prices at home, and increase the environmental impacts of extracting and burning fossil fuels.
Either way, a renaissance in oil and gas production is already changing the way officials, analysts, and economists look at the future of the US economy.
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More industry news:
Editorial: Commerce Department Should Allow Exports of U.S. Crude: http://wapo.st/1y9eXOC
Up Close and Personal with a 40-Story Oil Rig in the Gulf: http://n.pr/1zYcQjm
Analysis: Exporting Energy Has Broad, Expansive Benefits: http://herit.ag/1ohbwW2
Deep Water Fracking Next Frontier for Offshore Drilling: http://bloom.bg/1y9crI7
Ohio Nears Milestone 1,000th Fracking Well: http://bit.ly/1kp1sZW
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.