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The Climate-Friendly Solution Is More U.S. Oil, Not Less: U.S. Republicans

  • At the UN climate summit in Egypt, U.S. Republicans have argued that the cleanest oil in the world comes from the United States.
  • Lousiana Republican Representative Garret Graves: If we are going to be increasing global demand of oil and gas we must ensure that the extraction, exploration and production activities are occurring in places where we have the lowest emissions per unit of energy.
  • World leaders have become a bit more receptive to the notion that fossil fuels may play a role in energy’s future.

On the sidelines of COP27 this week, U.S. House Republicans are arguing that additional crude oil production from the United States will be necessary to meet global oil demand—and better for the climate than the alternatives, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

At the UN climate summit in Egypt, U.S. Republicans have argued that the cleanest oil in the world comes from the United States. 

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“If we are going to be increasing global demand of oil and gas we must ensure that the extraction, exploration and production activities are occurring in places where we have the lowest emissions per unit of energy, which is largely in the United States in the Gulf of Mexico,” Lousiana Republican Representative Garret Graves said on the sidelines of COP27.

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World leaders have become a bit more receptive to the notion that fossil fuels may play a role in energy’s future—and a prominent one at that—now that the energy crisis has muted the rallying cry for immediate climate intervention in the way of a complete and speedy shift towards renewables. If indeed the world is to need more oil, the Republicans argued, it should come from the United States, where it can be produced more cleanly, with less of an impact on the climate.

The issue of methane emissions from fossil fuel extractions has found itself on President Biden’s hit list this week, with new plans to tighten regulations against methane emissions from domestic oil and gas drilling—which were unveiled at COP27. According to the EPA, the proposed standards will reduce methane from oil and gas by 87% below 2005 levels.

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  • Dennis Basco on November 11 2022 said:
    yes drill here please that's what needs to happen America first and then we can help other nations that are Allies of America. right now the democrats are buying from the enemies
  • Carlos Everett on November 11 2022 said:
    US Oil and Gas companies are so far ahead of Biden it is ridiculous. Two years ago when methane release a hot topic they were placing methane monitors on the airplanes that flythree times a week to detect if any lines or plants were experiecing any methane leaks. They started repairing these and have already made a succesful dent in these leaks.

    Biden needs to hire some oil and gas advisors so he can get into the 21st century on technology issues.
  • Mamdouh Salameh on November 12 2022 said:
    At the height of the pandemic, environmental activists and the likes of IEA and BP were cheering that the pandemic is accelerating the transition to renewables and that peak oil demand will be reached by 2025 with BP CEO even getting carried away and claiming that peak oil has already been reached. We ended up with the most disastrous energy crisis since WW2 with BP CEO swallowing his early words and now admitting that we are far from peak oil demand.

    Now the United States and other world leaders are accepting the obvious namely that the global economy needs more oil to satisfy global demand and that fossil fuels have a role to play in energy’s future. In fact I go further than that by saying that oil and gas will continue to drive the global economy throughout the 21st century and probably far beyond. The alternative is too horrendous to ponder.

    Moreover, the claim by US Republican Representative at the COP27 summit in Egypt that the cleanest oil in the world comes from the United States is both inaccurate and ludicrous. If this is the case, then why is the United States the world’s second largest pollutant after China?

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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