The Energy Information Administration's International Energy Outlook 2013
projects "world energy consumption will grow by 56% between 2010 and 2040."
Half of that increase will be due to the rising demand of the growing
economies in China and India.
Non-Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries,
including China and India, will almost double their energy use, increasing it by
It's a good bet they won't be dabbling in solar, wind and biomass. They will
be using the cheapest, most efficient and most readily available sources —
While the EIA says that "renewable energy and nuclear power are the world's
fastest-growing energy sources, each increasing by 2.5% per year," it adds that
"fossil fuels continue to supply almost 80% of world energy use through 2040,"
with natural gas consumption increasing the fastest among conventional
Coal consumption will also grow, as will petroleum and other liquid
The political left won't like it, but these are the facts. If the global
economy is to grow, its escalating energy needs must be met, and they will be
met only with increased use of what environmentalists call "dirty" fuels.
Rather than tinker with expensive and unreliable green energy, as this
administration has a history of doing, the federal energy policy should be
oriented aggressively toward increased fossil fuel production. We need more
fracking for crude and natural gas.
The Keystone XL Pipeline has to be approved. The Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge has crude that must be added to our inventory. America needs to drill on
its oil-rich federal lands and in its bountiful offshore reserves.
Meanwhile, our ample coal reserves, by far the largest in the world, should
be put to economic use rather than remain in the ground.
And while it's not a conventional fuel, we should also increase our nuclear
energy output. It is the ultimate source of green energy.
America's fossil fuel producers have been increasingly regulated through the
years, but the rules have become more burdensome than ever under the Obama
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