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Energizing California

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 1, 2016

California is the country’s third-largest oil producer, delivering more than 201 million barrels of oil in 2015, behind only Texas and North Dakota. At the same time, the state ranks third in oil refining capacity from its 18 operating refineries. Bottom line: California plays a major role in meeting its own energy and fuel needs, as well as those of the West Coast and beyond.

caliClick on the thumbnail for a two-page energy infographic for the Golden State.

While California has made major investments in renewable energy sources, it used more natural gas than any other resource in 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Last year, natural gas accounted for more than 57 percent of the state’s net electricity generation. Wind, solar, geothermal and other energies also contribute in California, a true all-of-the-above energy state.

California reflects the breadth of U.S. energy – a portfolio led by oil and natural gas that includes new and emerging technologies to power our economy and modern lifestyles.

Surging oil and natural gas production in the ongoing U.S. energy renaissance is boosting the economy, benefiting consumers and making the country more energy secure – while simultaneously allowing the U.S. to lead the world in reducing emissions. To sustain and grow this revolution, pro-development policies are needed – the benefits of which are illustrated on Page 2 of the California infographic.

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 California and all the 50 states of energy.


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.