"I'd ask you to think about some of the trends we're already seeing. For decades, our energy policies have been crafted on the premise of increasing scarcity, yet today we have increasing supply. Instead of absence, we find ourselves on the verge of abundance. There may never have been a time when we have had more potential for energy production or for energy productivity. We can bring more energy to market, and we can also use that energy more wisely than ever before. . .
On paper and in words, most of us agree that an 'all of the above' energy policy is the best path. Yet our discussions of such a policy are anything but consistent. And in the absence of a proper balance between energy production and environmental regulation, our nation is too often hamstrung by burdensome regulations, delayed permits, and overzealous litigation.
"Energy 20/20 presents my vision for how we can move forward -- and we are officially releasing it today. . . The report features about 200 policy recommendations under seven headings: producing more; consuming less; clean energy technology; energy delivery infrastructure; effective government; environmental responsibility; and, 'an energy policy that pays for itself.' Call it a conversation starter. . .
"At the start of our report, we declare five principles: it is in our national interest to make energy abundant, affordable, clean, diverse, and secure. . . Within our report, we've set a number of important goals, generally centered around the year 2020. We can be fully energy independent from OPEC. We can diversify the use of coal and accelerate the commercialization of today's unconventional and alternative fuels. We can ensure renewable energy becomes more competitive and re-establish our supply chain for critical minerals. We can modernize our electricity infrastructure and protect ourselves from cyber threats. We can ensure that research, not endless regulation, is the force behind technological innovation. We can reform our environmental laws in a sensible manner that prevents their misuse and allows projects to proceed while still maintaining some of the highest environmental standards in the world. . .
"And perhaps the best part, to me, is that none of this will require burdensome mandates or heavy-handed regulations. None of this need rely on tax hikes or limitations on consumer choice. We can take a long look at existing policies -- reform them -- and wind up in a far better place in a relatively short period of time. . ."
A fact sheet provided by Senator Murkowski indicates the following "Representative Policy Ideas From Energy 20/20":
- Increase domestic oil and natural gas production and partner with Canada and Mexico to ensure their oil exports are brought to our country. This should begin immediately with the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline project.
- Reform permitting processes and review decisions for energy, natural resources, and infrastructure projects to reduce uncertainty, delay, and excessive litigation, while still meeting environmental standards; fast track projects of national importance; and defer to state agencies when possible.
- Redefine clean energy as "less intensive in global lifecycle impacts on human health and the environment than its likeliest alternative." Implement this definition across all programs and policies.
- Use the increased revenues that result from measures advocated inEnergy 20/20
"Senator Murkowski's blueprint offers a strategic and substantial portfolio of ideas in support of its objective to develop an abundant, affordable, clean, diverse and secure energy future. The framework advocates for boosting domestic energy production, while continuing to fund scientific research on advanced energy technologies. The blueprint also supports modernizing federal energy policies to boost innovations in energy efficiency -- many of which are enabled by chemistry -- that will result in economic and environmental benefits across the country. ACC applauds Senator Murkowski for her leadership in crafting this energy blueprint that provides a framework for enhancing our nation's energy security and supporting America's manufacturing renaissance."
Access the complete 123-page document (click here). Access her speech from the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) (click here). Access a fact sheet (click here). Access a release from ACC (click here). Access a release from NRDC (click here). Access a release from TWS (click here). [#Energy]