About that War on Energy

By Keith Kloor | October 3, 2013 2:24 pm

If you thought that the U.S. government shutdown was the top story at the Wall Street Journal today (print edition), you would be wrong. Instead, this headline took the honor:

U.S. Rises to No. 1 Energy Producer

Whoa. This wasn’t supposed to happen until 2017, according to recent projections by the International Energy Agency. But some number crunchers at the WSJ have moved up the schedule:

A Wall Street Journal analysis of global data shows that the U.S. is on track to pass Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and gas combined this year—if it hasn’t already.

Hang on a sec. I thought there was a war on energy drilling during the President Obama era? Or was that Obama’s war on energy? No, wait, was that Obama’s three-pronged war on energy?

Some people, it seems, have a poor grasp of facts.

Now, as much as climate advocates would like Obama to wage war on fossil fuels, it’s not gonna happen. But that doesn’t mean he won’t try to so something without turning off the oil & gas spigots.

File:Helmerich & Payne Flex Rig drilling the Bakken.jpg

[A war on energy? Not in North Dakota, where this drilling rig sits]


CATEGORIZED UNDER: climate change, Energy, oil & gas, select

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About Keith Kloor

Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets.From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine.In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest.He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.


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