Imports Fuel Nevada's Transportation Needs

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Categorized in: Domestic Oil, Nevada

Nevada is dependent on imported petroleum products-but demand for transportation fuels in the state is expected to increase by 25% in the next five years.

Transportation fuels-like gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel-account for 33% of Nevada’s energy consumption. But most of these transportation fuels are made with petroleum derivatives, and with no petroleum resources, the state must rely on imports to keep things moving.

Why does Nevada need so much transportation fuel?

  • With an annual growth rate of 4.4%, Nevada is the fastest growing state in the country. Simply put, more people need more fuel.
  • Nevada’s two military air installations use high amounts of jet fuel.
  • In this vast desert state, it takes more fuel to get from here to there. It’s a proven fact that states with smaller populations and long driving distances have a higher-than-average per capita consumption of gasoline.
  • In 2008 alone, the state had 39.1 million tourists, placing a high demand on its airports, and using large amounts of ground transportation fuel.

Where does Nevada’s transportation fuel come from?

Nevada relies on California refineries for its petroleum products. But only 37% of the crude oil refined in California is produced there. The rest comes from places like Alaska, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Iraq, and Mexico. With production in Alaska down, Nevada will by default be much more reliant on foreign oil.

The growing debate over domestic energy policies seems far removed from Nevada-but the decisions made will have a lasting impact on the state’s transportation sector. Energy Citizens must speak out. Strong and stable domestic energy policies are good for Nevada’s transportation needs.


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Mississippians Still Believe in Offshore Drilling

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Categorized in: Domestic Oil, Mississippi, Oil Sands

The offshore drilling moratorium would hinder Mississippi’s economy, discourage energy production, and bring more hardships to an area still reeling from the Gulf Coast disaster. 

Like our neighbor, Louisiana, Mississippi has been hit hard by the recent oil spill in the Gulf, affecting industries from transportation to manufacturing to tourism.   With recent investments in oil and natural gas development both on and offshore of the Gulf Coast, however, now is not the not time to further limit our energy opportunities.

The Gulf oil spill has warranted a powerful response from federal, state, and local agencies-as well it should.  However, we cannot afford to overreact with an extended moratorium on offshore drilling, which would completely shut down exploration and investment in energy development that produce much-needed jobs for Mississippi.   What we need is to continue expanding our oil and gas production capabilities to boost our economy and meet our high energy demand, both in the state and across the country.

Mississippians understand the importance of offshore and deepwater drilling in securing our economic and energy future.  In fact, the vast majority of residents in the Magnolia State still support such energy investment.  Washington is just too far removed to understand the energy needs and issues facing our state.

With substantial progress being made in terms of surface oil cleanup of the Gulf spill, we should be looking forward to the future of energy production and utilizing all available resource to meet our state’s-and the nation’s-energy needs. 

As Energy Citizens, we can help ensure continued development of all our energy resources-and the continued recovery and growth of our state.


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Arizona's First Refinery Brings Clean Fuels and Independence

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Categorized in: Arizona, Domestic Oil

Arizona is building its first oil refinery-which is the first new U.S. refinery in 30 years , and is also the first U.S. refinery specifically designed to produce clean petroleum fuels.

There’s great news coming out of Yuma County!

Arizona’s first oil refinery has been approved to be built there-the first new U.S. refinery in over 30 years. When it becomes operational, it will be the first U.S. refinery specifically designed to produce clean petroleum fuels.

This is positive news for Arizona’s families on many fronts.

First, the refinery will free Arizona from total dependence on other states for its transportation fuels. It will produce approximately 6 million gallons per day of gasoline, diesel fuel, and jet fuel-fuel refined at home that will provide a steady supply of petroleum products.

The refinery will also give a big boost to the local economy.

It is expected that more than 3,000 people will be hired to construct the refinery, and more than 600 jobs will be created to operate it. Just as exciting is the ripple effect that will be seen throughout the region, as new businesses are created and tax dollars flow in. The refinery alone is expected to pay tens of millions of dollars annually in taxes.

The refinery has met its share of challenges. Setbacks in the form of a land transfer dispute, the rezoning process, and a location change have delayed the original target date, but it is anticipated that the refinery will be in full operation by late 2013.

Energy Citizens can help make the refinery a reality. Lend your support at public meetings and hearings-and spread the word. A local refinery is great for Arizona!


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Gulf oil issues hit home in Idaho

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Categorized in: Domestic Oil, Idaho

Policy decisions about domestic energy production and the makeup of America’s energy supply will directly affect our state’s families and businesses.

A moratorium on domestic offshore drilling would have profound implications for our fuel supply and our energy security because Idahoans are completely dependent on outside sources of oil and natural gas. If U.S. companies are not allowed to tap domestic reserves, we will be more subject to reliance on foreign sources.

 Putting producers out of business in the Gulf of Mexico would obviously be a blow to states like Louisiana and Texas, costing them jobs and economic stimulus, but Idaho would be deeply affected too. Without a steady flow of gasoline, diesel, and other fuels, Idaho businesses would be unable to function and our state economy would flounder.

 The more energy we produce ourselves, the less we have to import. Idaho, with rich hydroelectric resources and other alternative fuel potential, is active in the quest to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and achieve a more balanced energy supply.

 But we’re fully aware that the day when alternative fuels will become our main sources of power is still decades away. Until then we need oil and natural gas, and the more control we can exert over their production and supply, the better off we will be.

 Plunging blindly into a moratorium on domestic drilling would be foolish, especially when America is just beginning to emerge from the recession. Our emotions about the Gulf spill should not dictate energy policy.


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Political uproar over Gulf spill could impact Alaskan energy industry

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Categorized in: Alaska, Domestic Oil

Politically driven policy decisions in Washington could make it more difficult for Alaska oil and natural gas companies to continue supplying the nation with domestically produced energy.

The tragic Gulf spill – and the opportunity it has presented to opponents of domestic oil and natural gas production – could not have come at a worse time for Alaska. Shell Oil had planned to start exploring reserves in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas this summer, an area with almost limitless potential.

 But some Beltway politicians want to use the spill as a catalyst for harsh restrictions on offshore drilling, even though the vast majority of U.S. offshore operations have a remarkably clean safety record.

 Altogether, the Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, and North Aleutian Basin are thought to hold as much as 65.8 billion barrels of oil and 305 trillion cubic feet of gas. Shell estimates that – in addition to considerably lessening our nation’s dependence on foreign energy suppliers – tapping these reserves could generate an annual average of 35,000 jobs for the next 50 years. That would mean a total payroll of $72 billion and almost $6 billion in direct petroleum revenues to state and local governments.

 This is tragically typical of strategies supported by people who don’t know the oil industry the way Alaskans do. They don’t make the connection between the intelligent use of domestic energy reserves and America’s ability to safeguard its economic competitiveness and national security. They don’t understand how hard we work to utilize those resources with the utmost respect for the environment and the safety of everyone involved.

 Alaskan Energy Citizens need to help other Americans better understand how it’s possible to achieve a win-win balance between energy development and the environment.


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