With the 2016 election cycle in full swing, candidates on both sides of the aisle are pontificating about energy solutions. An evolving energy landscape creates challenges for a comprehensive plan that balances day-to-day energy needs with the growth of clean and renewable energy. Too often, campaign plans are heavy on rhetoric and light on substance.
An important milestone in energy economics was reached in 2013. For the first time in nearly 20 years, America's production of oil exceeded imports and the U.S. Energy Administration now forecasts that the United States will become a net exporter of natural gas by 2017. The U.S. is a leader in the global energy race. In order to sustain this historic shift, it is essential for the U.S. to demonstrate innovative and risk-mitigation leadership in managing our energy resources.