Facing the hard truths about energy

June 5, 2008 | 00:00

Facing the hard truths about energy: A comprehensive view to 2030 of global oil and natural gas

A comprehensive report by the US national petroleum Council on the development of the energy sector untill 2030 and the mechanisms endowed by the US government to give shape to this development.

The American people are very concerned about energy—its availability, reliability, cost, and environmental impact. Energy also has become a subject of urgent policy discussions. But energy is a complex subject, touching every part of daily life and the overall economy, involving a wide variety of technologies, and deeply affecting many aspects of our foreign relations. The United States is the largest participant in the global energy system—the largest consumer, the second largest producer of coal and natural gas, and the largest importer and third largest producer of oil. Developing a framework for considering America’s oil and natural gas position now and for the future requires a broad view and a long-term perspective; both are provided in this study.

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