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An Energy Dozen

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 3, 2016

As social media really wants you to know, today is National Doughnut Day, so whether you spell it long or go with donut for short, here are an "energy dozen" to take in while enjoying your tasty treat.

Let’s start with the energy we use every day:

Chart: consumption 2015

As you can see we are an all-of-the-above energy nation, and will continue to be for years to come.

Chart: consumption 2040

The good news is we are producing more of that energy right here at home, with non-Canadian crude oil imports falling from 55% a decade ago:

Chart: crude supply 2006

To just 25% last year.

Chart: crude supply 2015

Most of this improvement is thanks to energy from shale developed by hydraulic fracturing:

Chart: Top producers 2008

Which has, in less than a decade, made the U.S. the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas.

Chart: Top producers 2015

Way more often than not, oil produced in the U.S. is moved by pipelines.

Chart: crude movements by rail, maritime, and pipelines

Which is good news because:

Chart: moving crude safety record 99.999%

Even better news is that we don’t have to choose between energy and the environment. Oil and natural gas companies are leading investors in emissions reducing technologies.

Chart: GHG Emissions 2014

Including steady improvement in reducing methane emissions.

Chart: methane emissions 2014

The increased availability of low-cost natural gas has led to a shift in our electrical power supply.

Chart: electricity generation 2015

Embracing the opportunities afforded by the shale gas revolution and letting markets work will continue to show the importance of natural gas to supply the energy we need.

Chart: electricity generation 2040

And -- let’s make this a baker’s dozen -- continue to reduce our emissions from energy.

Chart: Energy related CO2 Emissions

We’ll call that last one an éclair.


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.