As Americans continue to struggle through an economic recovery, attention continues to be paid to the development of a comprehensive national energy strategy. Government leaders as well as the private sector are persistently working together and independently on strategies to develop innovative resources and secure the natural resources that are currently available to provide reliable, clean and affordable power. Click here for more information about solar from the Energy Smart website – http://www.energysmart.com.au/
America’s energy strategy depends upon effectively organizing and positioning assets, innovation and technology to safely and conscientiously develop more energy domestically, thereby reducing the country’s dependence on costly foreign oil and other natural resources. The ideal plan also requires that the nation continue to take a leadership role in the global economy.
Regardless of advancements in designing and executing a comprehensive policy across the country and across the globe, consumers will continue to rely on oil and natural gas as a vital energy source. In 2010, oil production by domestic sources reached its highest level in seven years and the total natural gas production in the United State reached its highest level in more than thirty years. Any tactic must responsibly include the ability for American oil and natural gas production but do so with processes in place that assure for safety and protection of the environment and consumer costs.
Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico an aggressive and comprehensive reform to offshore drilling was launched by the federal government. These reforms impacted the nation’s energy strategy by more strictly regulating and overseeing offshore resources so that the necessary expansion and development of these resources can continue to be pursued under more strictly monitored conditions. The current energy strategy also is applying similar steps to the development of the country’s vast supply of natural gas so that this domestic resource can be safely and responsibly accessed and distributed.
Providing consumers with reasonable choices that allow them to reduce costs and use energy more efficiently is another aspect of a comprehensive local and national approach. The instability and dramatic fluctuations in gasoline prices reinforce the immediate need for innovations that will assist consumers in saving money and protecting the environment. Some of the provisions of such an energy strategy would include the development, production and purchase of more advanced and fuel-efficient vehicles, the use of alternative means of transportation such as commuter services like fuel-efficient busses and various rail transportations, and following steps to make homes and businesses more highly efficient.
The efforts to institute a responsible policy also takes into account advanced technologies in fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. By raising average fuel economy to 35.5 miles per gallon for model year vehicles 2012-2016, the country could save an estimate 1.8 billion barrels of oil and reduce cost to consumers by an average of $3,000 per consumer. Addressing the standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for commercial trucks, vans and busses is another aspect of a comprehensive far-reaching approach as well as evaluating standards for next generation hybrid vehicles and expanding alternative fuels.