Oh Ye of little Faith! We do not have a national energy plan because we do not have a national energy consensus. Instead we have a strategy by the Obama Administration to achieve by regulatory fiat and executive order a policy regime the President has been unable to get Congressional approval to implement.
As legal challenges to Federal regulations are made, we're seeing a pattern of court decisions overturning the administration's actions for lack of stututory authority.
Under our Federal system the state have authority to manage their own policies in these areas unless preempted by Congressional action. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have been regulated by the states consistent with that Constitutional balance. Some states like North Dakota, Texas, and Pennsylvania have chosen to move forward to permit E&P actyivities. Others like New York have not.
This is the perfect laboratory to test what works and does not work. So far the benefits appear to be outweighing the risks for the state that have allowed E&P. North Dakota has grown to be the second largest producer of domesic oil and gas second only to Texas and surpassing California and Alaska in a very short period of time with very little problems. It enjoys robust economic growth and an unemployment rate less than 4%.
What's not to like about this, Jesse?