Environmental Outlook: The Changing World Energy Picture

Environmental Outlook: The Changing World Energy Picture

The U.S. fracking boom has made the nation the number one energy producer in the world. For this month's Environmental Outlook, what a shifting world energy picture could mean for geopolitics, energy independence and the environment.

Forty years ago, the Arab embargo began a long era of U.S. dependence on foreign oil. And as recently as 2007, experts feared America was running out of natural gas. But the recent fracking boom has made the U.S. the world’s largest energy producer. And in December, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania together produced 1.5 million barrels of oil a day -- more than Iran exported. But as the U.S. moves toward energy independence, environmental advocates warn of dangerous trade-offs on air and water quality, and on climate change. For this month’s Environmental Outlook: Diane and a panel of experts discuss the changing global energy picture.


Coral Davenport

energy and environment correspondent, National Journal.

Kevin Book

managing director of research, ClearView Energy Partners.

David Goldwyn

president of Goldwyn Global Strategies and co-editor of "Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in a Transition." He also served as Secretary of State Clinton's Special Envoy for International Affairs and as an Assistant Secretary of Energy in the Clinton Administration.

Michael Brune

executive director, Sierra Club.

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