Not too many years ago, the attack on
With those kinds of supply factors, an interruption in the
But the recent turmoil abroad underlines the advances of the energy industry in America and its nearby waters. Export of liquefied natural gas to international customers is another way that our role in the world economy has broadened in recent years.
Investment in exploration and technology has made the industry more efficient and environmentally friendly, despite significant accidents like the Deepwater Horizon spill. However much those advances are welcome, future demand for energy will grow, and constraints on production and delivery of the products of the energy and petrochemical industries remain challenges.
A recent national poll by The Economist and YouGov organization found a rather forbidding attitude toward drilling among the American people who are benefiting so much daily from energy production in
Majorities opposed opening most of
We do not propose the policy espoused by the blunt slogan, "Drill, baby, drill." But the riches near at hand, and the more efficient and reliable methods of taking them from the ground, are a deal that is too good for the American people to pass up.
The Trump administration and major energy companies should continue to work to persuade the public of the wisdom of growing America's oil and gas production for the future, as well as large and forward-looking investments in alternative sources like wind and solar.
The better slogan: All of the above. That represents a solid economic future for
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