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U.S. crude oil production will keep setting annual records until 2027 and will remain higher than 14 million bpd through 2040, thanks to continuously growing shale production, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Thursday in its Annual Energy Outlook 2019 with projections to 2050.  

The EIA issued forecasts for the next three decades based on a reference case and six side cases that include different assumptions about energy prices, economic activity, and technology and resource estimates.

“The United States has been a net energy importer since 1953, but continued growth in petroleum and natural gas exports results in the United States becoming a net energy exporter by 2020 in all cases,” the EIA said.

In the Reference case, the U.S. is expected to become a net exporter of petroleum liquids after 2020 as domestic crude oil production grows and domestic consumption of petroleum products declines.

“Near the end of the projection period, the United States returns to being a net importer of petroleum and other liquids on an energy basis as a result of increasing domestic gasoline consumption and falling domestic crude oil production in those years,” according to the EIA.

The U.S., which became a net natural gas exporter on an annual basis in 2017, continued to be a net natural gas exporter in 2018, meaning that it exported more natural gas than it imported.

“In the Reference case, U.S. natural gas trade, which includes shipments by pipeline from and to Canada and to Mexico as well as exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), will be increasingly dominated by LNG exports to more distant destinations,” the EIA says in its outlook.

In its January Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the EIA said last week that continuously rising U.S. shale production would make the United States a net exporter of crude oil and petroleum products in the fourth quarter of 2020.


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  • David Jones on January 25 2019 said:
    Well, the reasonably safe budget is apparently 400Gt CO2. At least that is what it was in 2011. Since then, we've already emitted a considerable quantity of CO2, in 2014 it was about 35Gt and last year 38Gt so the budget is likely a lot smaller now even with adjustments.

    OPEC think that production will reach 365million bpd by 2040. That's about 57Gt CO2 annually. If that were the case, we would already have destroyed any possibility for 2c, never mind 1.5c.

    I'm not entirely sure what the oil industry thinks it's doing here but either way, these rosy projections are unlikely to ever happen. On that trajectory, it's more likely that societal structures will simply begun to crumble on a global scale under the pressure of anthropogenic climate damages by the time the oil industry get to those juicy numbers which will certainly remove large quantities of demand/production regardless.

    Venezuela is an interesting example of where we might be on a global scale in the 2040s if care is not taken to shift away from fossil fuels and in so doing, to limit our exposure to societal unrest factors of which anthropogenic climate change is a main element.

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