Shale Revolution: Changing the American Energy Policy Debate

Adam O’Neal of RealClearPolitics authored an excellent piece (“Fracking Has Changed the Energy Policy Debate”) that details the incredible political and policy impacts of enhanced American energy production. 

O’Neal notes that while American energy policies of the last several decades have been built around the problems of energy scarcity, this is no longer the case thanks to the American shale revolution that started right here in the Barnett Shale.

Presidents, from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, have set goals to increase American energy security. Unfortunately, “little serious progress toward those goals was achieved during most of their terms in office.”

Thankfully for the United States, this has changed as the “shale boom has altered our debate entirely. The challenges American policymakers now face are related to energy abundance, rather than scarcity.

O’Neal closes his article by noting that the shale revolution is not a magic bullet, as our leaders still must take steps to promote American energy production. “America’s energy problems aren’t going away; they’re just less scary these 40 years, reporters likely won’t point out that politicians have repeatedly called for energy independence. Instead, they’ll assess whether those leaders made the most of energy opportunities that tech breakthroughs brought the country.”

Let’s make the most of these opportunities brought about by the shale revolution!

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