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Fuel industry envisions American energy independence as domestic production rises

Fox News -- The U.S. has discovered so much more energy than it thought it had that some now talk about the possibility for North American energy independence.

The reason? Advances in technology such as fracking, horizontal drilling and other improvements, which have increased natural gas production by 27 percent in just four years, have made the U.S. number one in gas -- with oil on its way.

"We could make OPEC ‘NOPEC’ if we really put our minds to it," says Charles Drevna of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers. "We're talking decades, if not into the 100s of years, of supply in North America."

Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., of the House Natural Resources Committee says, "It's amazing the amount of energy in North America. When you include our Canadian and Mexican neighbors, we


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 10:01:43 PM

there may be some more energy security, but we will never be independent.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 3:57:01 AM

industry can envision all it wants, there still won't be energy independence.
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RockCity
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 3:01:11 AM

Don't think I would believe anything ol' doug 'tar baby' lamborn as to say, perhaps.
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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 2:49:15 AM

Dreaming. Not going to happen.
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nsdp
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:12:56 PM

Not likely as long as we depend heavily on coal. We import $5billion/year of foreign crude to mine and haul coal to the powerplants from Wyoming alone. Eastern coal doesn't have as far to go but needs more diesel to mine it. Total bill if you ferret out the numbers from the raw data is about$ 350 million/day representing 300,000 barrels per day. Natural gas is 0 imported oil. .

[Edited by: nsdp at 2/9/2013 9:13:41 PM EST]
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EMoe57
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 1:23:57 PM

good on USA
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Ebaz
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 11:03:53 AM

Too much stuff uses petroleum by products to be a reasonable reality
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DLCAN
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 11:03:35 AM

its just amazing no body is thinking about environmental impact from fracking !!!!!!!!
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sydb7
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 10:28:53 AM

What is the use for energy independence if I am still paying high prices at the pump?
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FuelBarge
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 9:40:57 AM

Never going to happen. The industry will happily push to sell our excess reserves overseas in order to deplete our reserves that much sooner. They already want to do it with natural gas.
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bell013
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 8:25:05 AM

ou are so right mlambo. I am so totally against Fracking.
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tekguy
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:50:58 AM

Just don't export
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mlambo
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:43:47 AM

Imagine a possibility of fracking destroying 80 % of our water supply and we have to import water at $100 a barrel ? What I don't like is there is no accurate studies of what fracking does to our water supplies, if you know of any, please send me way to look at them. ( web site link ) Thanks


[Edited by: mlambo at 2/9/2013 9:44:35 AM EST]
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bart_reed
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:43:01 AM

We have a surplus right now. Too much extraction.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:42:12 AM

I don't consider fracking to be an improvement
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:40:27 AM

This is happening in spite of OBAMA.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:39:51 AM

ok
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maciek
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:39:45 AM

American energy independence - not so fast ...
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Bobmilan
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:36:40 AM

Why is President Obama not hanging Medals of Honor around necks of key players?????

Why is there not a Nobel Prize for geologist most directly responsible for technology????
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katmandue
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:36:37 AM

Just because we aren't importing it doesn't mean energy independence.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:36:12 AM

if only it becomes a dream come true
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:35:50 AM

They must measure independence differently than I do.
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my2002m
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:35:27 AM

Surprising that we are making progress with the current administration fighting the industry every step of the way.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:35:26 AM

I thought I would never see this happen!
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:35:20 AM

The government will never let it happen as it goes against their agenda
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:34:42 AM


Stop the exporting of our energy!
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:34:31 AM

Yes to NOPEC!
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:34:28 AM

do it
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:34:28 AM

NOPEC is a good start. And lets get rid ETHANOL all together..
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:33:49 AM

SCIENTISTS have been talking about this for YEARS. FINALLY, GUMMINT folks started to listen, if only a little bit.
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speedys
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:30:18 AM

Just don't export!
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:30:02 AM

If we can keep President Obstaclama out of the way
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:30:01 AM

And so will the costs to us consumers.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:29:33 AM

Then u don't need Canadian oil??? Good maybe we might start paying cheaper prices
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:29:31 AM

Stop counting the chickens that haven't yet hatched.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:28:22 AM

I like the idea but I dont believe Obama will allow it
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:27:19 AM



As we speak....oil is being replentished by organisms growing underneath the surface of the Earth and there will be an endless supply of crude.

We just have to find it.

Drilling and fracking makes sense.

....And we don't need ETHANOL either!

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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:27:05 AM

Getting rid of OPEC would be a start.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:26:44 AM

Not if Obama has his way. He wants energy use to drop.
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2granny
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:26:19 AM

Still no relief at the pump only going higher.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:25:32 AM

NOPEC is a start.
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kiss4afrog
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:24:30 AM

They can envision anything they want to, it's still a limited resource and we burn it creating an atmospheric problem. There are things that use oil in their production but the sooner we get away from heating with it and driving on it the better.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:24:21 AM

Sounds pretty good to me
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:23:26 AM

Stop importing oil from OPEC and selling ours for less to other countries.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:23:18 AM

Really
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Trowinsamoan
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:22:54 AM

OPEC to NOPEC sounds good
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:22:48 AM

I hope we see relief at the pump soon.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:22:45 AM

Another predicition of independence. At what cost? It's still fossil fuel after all!
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:22:32 AM

Would love to see it happen!!!!
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cookined
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:22:29 AM

how come gas is not 1.50
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