Energizing the Economy: White House Report Details Path to Sustainable Growth

Today, the White House released a report, An All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy as a Path to Sustainable Economic Growth,” which discusses President Obama’s strategy for the domestic energy sector and the transformations that have taken place since the President took office.Solar Panel with Sunflower

Meeting the challenges of climate change and securing sustainable cost savings and national security benefits are the prime movers of the President’s energy campaign. A White House press release summarizing the report points out that the President, “continues to push on multiple fronts to strike the right balance of energy sources that will power our economy forward. The President’s plan is three-pronged: to support economic growth and job creation, to enhance energy security, and to lay the foundation for—and take critical steps towards—a low-carbon energy future.”

Among the points of “historic transformation” that have taken place are:

  • “Natural gas consumption has risen 18 percent since 2005. In addition, total energy obtained from wind, solar, and geothermal energy have more than doubled since 2009.”
  • “The United States has emerged as the world’s leading producer of petroleum and natural gas. In 2013, combined production of petroleum, natural gas, and other liquid fuels in the United States exceeded that of Saudi Arabia and Russia.”
  • “The United States has reduced its total carbon pollution since 2005 more than any other nation on Earth.”

The United States is on a path to increased awareness of the national security challenges posed by 21st century climate change and energy infrastructure protection. Decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, focusing on renewable energy sources, and reducing emissions while researching symptoms of climate change will each present unique challenges and government resources, however, none can be reduced in priority. The President’s campaign to approach the energy sector from all angles is certainly necessary, but equally ambitious. Where scientific and technological innovations cannot provide clear-cut answers, the “all-of-the-above” plan should at least provide a platform for analysis and discussion as the U.S. leads itself into a sustainable future.

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