Three charts showing America’s bright energy future

The new projections from the Department of Energy through the year 2040 paint a very bright picture for America’s energy, economic, and environmental future in the first half of the 21st century. Thanks to advanced drilling technologies and the shale revolution, we can expect ongoing increases in domestic oil and gas production, which will: a) keep adding thousands of new direct jobs for drilling activities and thousands of more indirect jobs throughout the energy supply chain, b) attract billions of dollars in new investment capital, and therefore, c) continue to generate energy-related prosperity in states like North Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Ohio. As we access more of America’s bonanza of shale gas and oil, the country’s energy self-sufficiency will gradually increase to new high record levels, while at the same time we’ll see carbon emissions per person fall to new record low levels. America’s bright energy future continues to provide one of the best reasons to be optimistic and bullish about the U.S. economy.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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