Posted August 8, 2016
The United States is the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas – a fact that reflects energy production in so many of the individual states. At the same time, as an energy nation every single state is involved in the broad, economically beneficial energy supply chain. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at the 50 states of energy, including their energy use profiles and specific energy issues in each state. Today we start with – New Jersey.
Click on the thumbnail to bring up a two-page infographic for the Garden State.
New Jersey is a key refining state, home to three major refining facilities that make the state an important fuels distribution center on the East Coast. These refineries have benefited from the U.S. shale energy renaissance, which has provided an abundant supply of domestic crude oil for processing into a number of refined products Americans depend on every day.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, New Jersey uses more natural gas than any other fuel, followed by a number of the fuels produced by state refining facilities: gasoline, jet fuel and distillate fuel oil.
More broadly, America’s energy future is staked to the policy path our country chooses. Page 2 of the infographic shows how pro-development policies will yield benefits – more energy, jobs, economic growth, individual household benefits and more – while polices characterized by regulatory constraints will produce negative impacts.
Energy is essential for virtually every aspect of our daily lives. It powers national, state and local economies, gets us to work and goes into products we rely on for health and comfort. Safe, responsible energy development here at home is linked to national security as well as Americans’ individual prosperity and liberty – in New Jersey and all the 50 states of energy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Green joins API after spending 16 years as national editorial writer in the Washington Bureau of The Oklahoman newspaper. In all, he has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, including six years as sports editor at The Washington Times. He lives in Occoquan, Virginia, with his wife Pamela. Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and earned a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University. He's currently working on a masters in history at George Mason University, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.