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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 joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.