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America’s Energy Abundance is Changing the Global Market

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted December 17, 2014

Commentary: This is the Reality of Energy Security

San Antonio Express-News: Gasoline prices are low, U.S. oil production is growing and OPEC is widening discounts for oil. Congratulations America, this is what energy security looks like.

Every U.S. president since Richard Nixon has called for energy security by either producing more, using less or switching fuel sources. Over the past 20 years, we’ve done all three, while encouraging an international market where no single actor can monopolize supply.

“The thing about energy security is that you don’t want bad people overseas to be able to hurt you by suddenly changing the oil market,” said Eugene Gholz, an associate professor at the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs. “You are secure if you are protected from shocks in supply, especially from politically induced shocks.”

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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.