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American Security Project released the 2012 edition of its annual White Paper “America’s Energy Choices.” The paper details a range of options for America’s energy future, ranging from coal and natural gas to solar and tidal power.
The report sets out how each contributes to America’s energy make-up and how business and political leaders should weigh the competing priorities of energy security, economic stability, and environmental sustainability when making decisions.
“The domestic boom in fossil fuel production, particularly from shale gas and shale oil, is changing America’s views about energy security, while the development that American refiners have become major exporters of refined fuels has surprised many,” said Andrew Holland , Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate and the author of the report.
On the other hand Stephen A. Cheney, the CEO of the American Security Project, said that the politics of energy remain as frozen as they were then.
“Clean energy has become an even greater political football, while the return of rising oil prices has brought out the most short-term instincts in politicians. The way energy is used is clearly a national security issue. In the next decade the United States needs to make critical energy choices. We know we cannot carry on as we have been — the price of gas is but one example. We need to be more innovative and develop new technologies,” Cheney said.
“The choices we make on energy need to be informed by reality, not partisan bickering. This is what the American Security Project is here to do: forge that consensus for us to successfully move forward. We can solve these problems and in so doing increase national security.”