2019-11-21 21:39:25 UTC
"Infographic: United States of Oil"
"Petroleum production in the U.S. has skyrocketed since 2000. But just
six states account for more than three-quarters of that oil."
"Some revolutions come in with a roar, while others are whisper quiet.
But you would be excused if you didn’t realize that the U.S. oil
industry had soared to never-before-seen heights. According to the U.S.
Department of Energy, which keeps track of petroleum production, more
than 12 million barrels of oil per day were produced in the United
States from April through June 2019."
"Not every state can take credit for that record, however. Six
states—Texas, Alaska, California, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and New
Mexico—together produced 9.2 million barrels a day in July 2019, some 78
percent of the national total. That’s been a consistent trend for
decades, as those six states cumulatively produced 73 percent of the
nation’s oil since January 2000."
"While North Dakota, Oklahoma, and New Mexico are newly booming thanks
to hydraulic fracturing technology, and Texas is a world of its own (it
produces more than 40 percent of the national total), Alaska and
California have declined considerably in the past 20 years. In fact,
Colorado’s oil production surpassed California’s starting in 2018. As
“fracking” continues to revolutionize the petroleum industry, more
states may rise toward the top of the oil charts"
I do not know of a single futurist or science fiction writer who
predicted this. I have been totally shocked at the amount of energy
available for the present and the future in the USA. We basically have
about 200 years of crude oil reserves in the USA. We have about 1,000
years of natural gas reserves in the USA. These are based on the two
technologies of directional drilling and fracking which came about in
the late 1990s.