Posted August 23, 2016
Among the country’s top 15 states in overall energy production, Arkansas had a more than 400 percent increase in natural gas output from 2005 through 2015 – thanks to safe hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in shale and other tight-rock formations. By itself Arkansas accounted for 3.5 percent of U.S. gas production. In a real sense, the state is a snapshot of the U.S. energy renaissance, launched by fracking.
Click on the thumbnail for a two-page energy infographic for The Natural State.
On the consumption side, coal, natural gas and nuclear electric are the top fuels used by Arkansans in 2014, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says. The state’s net electricity generation in 2015 was led by natural gas (27 percent) and nuclear (26 percent). Arkansas truly represents the country’s shale energy production as well as the varied mix of energy needed to make state and local economies go.
The American energy revolution is a game-changer, making the U.S. the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas, which has made the country more energy secure, helped the economy and lowered costs for consumers. At the same time increased use of cleaner-burning natural gas – from Arkansas and other states – is the main reason the U.S. leads the world in reducing energy-related carbon emissions.
Supporting and extending our energy revolution requires pro-development policies, illustrated on Page 2 of the infographic. Conversely, policies characterized by regulatory constraints would have negative impacts on energy, the economy and other areas.
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 Arkansas 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.