energy independence

New Year's Message to Congress on U.S. Energy Independence and Exports: Do No Harm

January 5, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

When asked about the Republican agenda for 2015, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is promising a “full-throated” debate on national energy policy. That worries me because ultimately, our energy situation is already moving in the right direction.[read more]

Carbon Standards Should Reduce Our Dependence on All Fossil Fuels

June 13, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Carbon Standards and Fuel Choices

Leaders from across the nation have welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants. It’s been inspiring to see the outpouring of support from lawmakers, public health experts, business executives, and even some forward-thinking utilities.[read more]


Irreversible Trends Spur Consumer Energy Independence: Part 2

August 20, 2013 by Steven Collier

The electric energy sources of the future may include more centralized fossil and nuclear fuel-burning plants, but environmental, safety and security concerns as well as fuel competition may delay or prevent their deployment and will at least put upward pressure on utility costs.[read more]

US Oil Boom Shifts Focus to North Dakota Bakken Shale

May 24, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

Responsible production of the newly discovered oil and gas in the Bakken and Three Forks formations can promote energy independence. The US has already seen a reduction of 10% in net oil imports in the last year.[read more]

Sweden's Quest to be the First Oil-free Nation

April 11, 2013 by Zana Nesheiwat

oil-free Sweden?

The oil crisis in the early 1970s forced Sweden to embark on a quest for alternative energy sources. In 1970, oil accounted for 77 percent of Sweden’s energy, but by 2003 that figure fell to 32 percent.[read more]


Is Energy Independence Undesirable?

October 9, 2012 by Peter Z. Grossman

Oil Tanker via Shutterstock

According to Mitt Romney, the United States will become energy independent when it no longer imports oil from unfriendly and unstable countries such as Venezuela and Middle Eastern kingdoms; in a Romney presidency we will only import oil from Canada and Mexico. Presumably, that strategy will make the U.S. energy supply more secure.[read more]


What is (Obama vs. Romney) Energy Independence?

September 5, 2012 by John Miller

Obama vs Romney via Shutterstock

When you think about ‘energy independence’ how do you define this concept? With the upcoming Presidential election we all have a choice to make on which candidate’s energy plan is most consistent with our personal view of ‘energy independence’.[read more]

Does energy independence = energy security?

July 11, 2012 by Jesse Parent

We hear these terms used frequently, often interchangeably, when we here talk of energy - especially during political discourse. But what do they really get at?[read more]

Cincinnati Explores 100% Renewable Energy Plan

February 7, 2012 by Jonathan Smith

Cincinnati is working on a new power aggregation deal right now that could lead to the entire city being powered from 100 percent renewable energy sources. The deal, city officials say, could be finalized within the coming months and be in place for consumers by summer 2012. Such a move would make Cincinnati the largest city in the...[read more]

Flex-Fuel Competition for OPEC?

April 6, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

An op-ed in this morning's Wall St. Journal by former CIA Director James Woolsey makes an interesting and seemingly pragmatic suggestion for improving America's energy security.[read more]

Cleantech Investment Reaches Record High in 2011 Q1

April 6, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

The first financial quarter of 2011 closed last week, and the early numbers suggest it was a record quarter for cleantech investment.[read more]

Rep. Giffords and the New Energy Economics and Security Consensus

January 13, 2011 by Daniel Goldfarb

A confluence of recent events, both tragic and inspiring, have once again reminded us that America’s national security is inextricably linked to its energy posture. As a result, a new consensus is emerging within government and the private sector: the U.S. military can make the nation and its soldiers safer while simultaneously aiding in an economic transformation to a less carbon intensive economy.[read more]

Cleantech, Globalization and Energy Independence

November 12, 2010 by Robert Rapier

  The following guest essay is by Kevin P. Kane. Kevin is an Oil & Gas analyst and cleantech business consultant living in South Korea. Kevin previously published two widely circulated essays: American Freedom from Oil: A Bipartisan Pipedream and Energy Security Populism: Oil Prices, American Leaders, and Media. In this essay...[read more]


A Conceptual Plan for Zero US Carbon Emissions and Energy Independence by 2050

October 31, 2010 by Jim Arcadipane

There appears to be a growing consensus here that halting the increase of atmospheric CO2 concentration would require reducing global annual CO2 emissions to zero. There also appears to be a growing consensus that this emissions reduction should occur by 2050. There is no global plan to achieve this result. There is also no US plan to...[read more]

Independence Day Thought: Energy

July 2, 2010 by Breakthrough Institute

By Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger The long holiday weekend will undoubtedly bring the usual calls for energy independence. With a hole in the bottom of the ocean continuing to spew tens of thousands of gallons of oil daily into the Gulf and hundreds of thousands of American troops stationed around the world endeavoring, among...[read more]