Posted August 11, 2016
You might not think of Arizona as an energy state and to be sure, it ranks in the 30s in both oil and natural gas production. Arizona’s per capita energy consumption ranks 45th out of the 50 states. Yet, the state’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station is the largest nuclear power plant in the country, and the state ranked second in the country in utility-scale electricity generation from solar energy.
Click on the thumbnail to open a two-page energy infographic for the Grand Canyon State.
But Arizona’s energy ties go deeper. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fuels from petroleum – natural gas, gasoline, fuel oil and others – supplied about 58 percent of the energy Arizonans used in 2014.
Here’s another energy link: Arizona is the nation’s No. 1 producer of copper. Besides the fact that mining is an energy-intensive enterprise, lots of that copper is used in various appliances that use natural gas or propane for fuel. So there’s that.
On Page 2 of the infographic check out the chart that shows what’s at stake in terms of the energy policy choices the U.S. could make – remembering that the United States currently is the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas.
Pro-development policies would yield broad benefits to the country, according to a study, from jobs and economic growth to benefits to individual American households. Policies that could be characterized by regulatory constraints would produce negative results for the country, the economy and consumers.
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 Arizona, South Carolina, Louisiana, 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.