US will become one of the world's top gas exporters by 2020

Come 2022, the US will produce more than a fifth of the world’s gas, putting it on the same level as top gas exporters such as Russia and Norway, the agency predicted. As an exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), it would become second biggest in five years, behind Australia but above Gulf state Qatar.

“The US is already the largest gas producer in the world and will increase production more than any other country over the next five years,” said Keisuke Sadamori, director for energy markets and security at the IEA. “US gas production will grow by nearly 3% a year.”

Source: The Guardian, July 13, 2017

Domestic energy production is equal to about 91% of U.S. energy consumption…
The three major fossil fuels—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—accounted for most [78%] of the nation's energy production in 2016

The chart below illustrates how dramatically fossil fuel production has increased in recent years.

Charting U.S. fossil fuel usage, 1776-2015
In 2015, the renewable share of energy consumption in the United States was its largest since the 1930s at nearly 10%. Chart courtesy of U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Impacts to Communities from Increased Fossil Fuel production

While “energy independence” advances important U.S. foreign policy goals, domestic fossil fuel production also creates increased public health and environmental risks at home. As production of natural gas and crude oil has increased exponentially over the last 15 years, EPA and the States have been challenged to keep pace with corresponding increases in air emissions, water discharges, transportation and facility spills and cleanup requirements in the oil and gas sector.

EPA’s FY17 Performance Plan included 37 programs and targeted activities aimed at addressing increased public health and environmental risks from oil and gas production.  In several instances, the Agency requested additional funding to effectively implement these activities.

The Trump Administration’s FY18 proposed budget slashes funding for all of these oil-and-gas related pollution control activities, outright eliminating many. These actions represent a major shift in EPA's priorities: away from protecting public health in favor of expanding oil and gas production.   

Below is a summary of important changes favoring oil and gas production, as reflected in the Trump Administrations's 2018 workplan for EPA.  (Details about these programs and activities can be viewed here.)


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