The USA’s energy and climate transition

Partial success without a plan

Authored by: Robert E. Looney

Handbook of Transitions to Energy and Climate Security

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781857437454
eBook ISBN: 9781315723617
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315723617-14

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Abstract

The US energy picture is unique in a number of ways. Until recently replaced by China, the US was the world’s largest consumer of energy. It is also a major producer of energy. In sharp contrast to most other developed industrial countries, US output of natural gas and oil has boomed in recent years, largely as a result of technological advances in shale technology. 1

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