Posted September 20, 2016
Located in the heart of the country, Missouri is the crossroads for more than two dozen pipelines that deliver crude oil, petroleum products, natural gas and natural gas liquids from producers to markets and, ultimately, consumers. Though the state produced only 150,000 barrels of oil last year, it remains a key component in America’s energy mix because of the infrastructure it hosts.
Click on the thumbnail for a two-page energy infographic for the Show Me State.
For example, the Rockies Express Pipeline is one of the largest natural gas lines in the U.S. (1.8 billion cubic feet per day capacity). Its western section starts in Colorado and brings gas from the Rockies into Missouri, connecting with its eastern section in the northeastern part of the state before going on to Ohio, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The pipeline is bidirectional; it also can bring natural gas to Missouri from the Appalachians.
EIA says more coal is used for power generation in Missouri than all but a few states. In 2015, coal accounted for 78.1 percent of the state’s net electricity generation. Likewise, Missourians used more coal than any other fuel (41 percent of total consumption) in 2014. In all, fossil fuels represented 89 percent of the state’s energy use.
Coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, renewables – all fit in an all-of-the-above approach to energy that keeps the national and state economies moving. Thanks to abundant shale reserves and hydraulic fracturing, the United States leads the world in oil and gas production. Our energy security is growing, and increased use of cleaner-burning natural gas is the biggest reason U.S. carbon emissions from the power sector have been lowered to levels not seen in more than two decades.
We can continue energy and climate progress with pro-development policies that foster safe and responsible energy growth. Page 2 of the infographic includes a chart showing estimated benefits from such an approach, contrasted with potential negative impacts from polices characterized by regulatory constraints.
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 Missouri 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.