Louisiana Official Addresses Energy Conference
Yesterday Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle spoke about the future of domestic energy production at Governor McDonnell’s Conference on Energy. Craig Carper reports.
Angelle said that while the U.S. works to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, offshore drilling must remain a key part of America’s energy strategy for the foreseeable future. He said it’s time for an end to what he calls the “either/or debate.”
Angelle: In order to have a sustainable economy, our nation must finally recognize that a robust domestic energy and a sustainable environment can co-exist.
Angelle also believes that while the nation tries to transition off crude entirely, domestic natural gas will be essential to bridging the gap, until renewable resources become more affordable.
Angelle: We used 137 billion gallons of gas in this country last year. If we could replace only 30 percent of that with natural gas, that would mean a savings of $40 billion in energy costs for our economy.
Accessing many of these natural gas deposits, however, would involve a controversial practice known as hydraulic fracturing, which some scientists claim has the potential to contaminate water supplies for decades.
Angelle believes the U.S. must press forward to develop a comprehensive energy policy in order to accelerate an economic recovery.
Angelle: If you fix the energy policy in this country, you fix the housing problem. If you fix the energy problem in this country, you fix the auto manufacturers problem. If you fix the energy policy in this country, you fix the economy and you fix what ails America.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Richmond