U.S. Energy Upsurge The Path to U.S. Jobs, Prosperity, and Security

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U.S. Energy Upsurge The Path to U.S. Jobs, Prosperity, and Security. Kathleen Hartnett White Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment Texas Public Policy Foundation April 2012. Energy is the Nervous System of the U.S. Economy.
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U.S. Energy UpsurgeThe Path to U.S. Jobs, Prosperity, and Security Kathleen Hartnett WhiteDistinguished Senior Fellow and DirectorArmstrong Center for Energy and the EnvironmentTexas Public Policy FoundationApril 2012 Energy is the Nervous System of the U.S. Economy “In the last 100 years, America’s population has tripled. Life expectancy has increased 70 percent. The productivity of the American people, measured in terms of real per-capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased by 600 percent. At the same time, we have consumed more than 340 billion barrels of oil, almost 60 billion short tons of coal and more than 1,090 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.” These things are linked. Affordable and reliable energy is a crucial factor in making these and many other significant human, social and technological achievements possible.” --- Rob Bradley, President, Institute for Energy Research “The Western Hemisphere’s Oil Renaissance” The oil industry was born in the United States a century and a half ago in the hills of Western Pennsylvania. And for the industry’s first hundred years, the Western Hemisphere was the leading petroleum-producing region in the world. But after World War II, oil production from the Middle East began to grow spectacularly, a development that only accelerated in the 1950’s and 1060’s. …. Now a new energy axis is emerging, running from western Canada, through North Dakota and Texas to Brazil. It is leading to a revival in hemispheric oil production, one with major implications … for the world economy and geopolitics. … it has happened almost accidentally , a product of market signals and quite separate [private] initiatives and technological advances. Daniel Yergin and James Burkhard, WSJ, March 6, 2012 An Ironic Coincidence Historic Upsurge in U.S. Energy Production versus the End of the Era of Fossil Fuels
  • Game-changing New Access to Vast Stores of U.S. Oil and Natural Gas
  • Scale of the Boom Under-estimated and Under-reported
  • U.S. always has been the Saudi Arabia of Coal
  • U.S. (North America) could be largest producer of oil and gas in the world by 2017and energy independent by 2020.
  • An Ironic Coincidence:
  • But President Obama Wants to End the Era of Fossil Fuels
  • First Coal, then Oil and then Natural Gas.
  • Sets Goal of 80% Clean Energy by 2035.
  • 2011: wind at 1% and solar at 0.1%
  • U.S. Energy Scarcity is a Myth
  • Save the “Peak Oil” Worries for Several Centuries
  • Scarcity Myths Used to Justify Government Control: Rationing
  • New Technologies Provide Access to Staggering Volumes of Oil and Natural Gas.
  • Hydraulic Fracturing- originated in 1940’s but now with critical refinements
  • Horizontal/Directional Drilling
  • Micro-seismic Imaging and Sensors- Precision Mapping and Drilling
  • As if Overnight: Since 2005 increasingly widespread deployment in U.S.
  • Technological Breakthrough Attributed to a Single Entrepreneur
  • George Mitchell, Houston .
  • Releases “Tight Oil” found in America’s massive shale formations and mature, conventional wells.
  • Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration Based on Data From Various Published Studies. Canada and Mexico Plays From ARI. Last Updated: May 9, 2011 Rig Count and Permits Source: Baker Hughes Interactive Rig Count Jan 25, 2012 Williston Basin Production Source: NDIC Eagle Ford Production Source: HPDI March 21, 2012 U.S. “Massive Resource Potential” Total Oil: 3.745 Trillion BarrelsRecoverable: 1.442 Trillion BarrelsProved Reserves: 20.6 Billion Barrels* Total Natural Gas: 14 Quadrillion Cubic Feet=1,000,000,000,000,000 /CFRecoverable: 2.744 Quadrillion Cubic FeetProved Reserves: 272 Trillion Cubic Feet Total Coal: 10.3 Trillion Short TonsRecoverable: 486.1 Billion Short TonsProved Reserves: 260.6 Billion Short Tons Ample U.S. Supply for Centuries  Source: “North American Energy Inventory,” December 2011, Institute for Energy Research. The Scarcity Myth
  • Grossly Misleading: “Proved Reserves”
  • President Obama in Denial- “When the US only has 2% of world’s reserves and uses 20% of world’s reserves, how could drilling more make a difference.”
  • The Presidents “2%” refers to the traditional, most conservative measure and now antiquated measure of “proved reserves.”
  • EIA still estimates US proved reserves at only 21-23 billion barrels.(BBO).
  • Reserves –not static , e.g. food on grocery shelves
  • From 1980-2010, U.S. produced over 77 BBO
  • 150% of the “proved reserves” EIA estimated in 1980.
  • In Eagle Ford Shale Area of TX, production as quadrupled each of the last three years.In 2009, 94 drilling permits issued. In 2010, 1000 plus drilling permits.
  • DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) “official” energy numbers
  • Proved Reserves- Known oil resources now producible with government consent using current (conventional) technology, prices and commercial terms. Note excludes resources now off limits – offshore, onshore on public lands.
  • Technically Recoverable Resource-Known resources capable of recovery but with more cost and technical difficulty.
  • Probable Resources – Identified but incapable of measurement.
  • Tight Oil and Shale Gas Revolution Made Possible by “official” energy numbersFracking and Directional Drilling Blows EIA’s Numbers
  • USGS Estimates of Bakken (AKA Williston Fields) in ND/MT were 151 MBO in 1995.
  • In 2010, USGS increased the Bakken numbers to 4.3 BBO, an increase of 132 times in ten years.
  • Oil analysts now predict the Bakken holds more like 20-24 BBO.
  • Eagle Ford -60,000 bpd in 2011, likely 500,000 bpd by 12/12.
  • Near Term Outlook -- Unconventionals “official” energy numbers Source: HDPI data, EPRINC estimates Emerging Shift in Global Energy Axis “official” energy numbers
  • A Geopolitical Shift of energy balance of power Reduced U.S. Dependence on Middle Eastern Oil
  • Imports Now = 45% of US demand-
  • First decline in 40 years: .6% lower than 2010.
  • Saudi Arabia: ARAMCO- OPEC dominance already wanes because of massive reserves in U.S. and Canada. (November 2011)
  • OPEC estimates reserves of “unconventional” shale oil in North America could exceed 300 billion barrels
  • Saudi Arabia’s conventional reserves - 265 billion barrels
  • Economic and Energy Volatility “official” energy numbers
  • Remember Summer 2008
  • Sharply rising energy demand from China & India
  • Middle Eastern Instability – comparatively minor (Yemen/Nigeria)
  • U.S. Gas Prices Go to $4 gallon; Natural Gas is $11 mcf
  • Public Clamour for Increased US Offshore Oil Production
  • 30 Year Congressional
  • Moratorium on Most Off-Shore Oil Production
  • Multiple Polls: 85% Support Repeal of Moratorium/Energy Independence!!!!!
  • A Crown Jewel of the Environmental Movement Falls 9/30/08– even with Pelosi and H. Reid!!!!!
  • Fall 2008 Bush Administration begins to open Offshore.
  • Barack Obama is elected President and immediately reverses direction.
  • Recession
  • Stimulus- $100-$200 billion for “Clean Energy” a la Solyndra and cousins.
  • Obama Administration Energy Policy “official” energy numbers
  • “We will end the tyranny of oil … as our parents ended the tyranny of Hitler.”
  • ‘My energy policies won’t prohibit coal but will make coal-fired electric generation so expensive, the utilities will go bankrupt.”
  • “We need to get U.S. gasoline prices on the same level as in Europe”
  • (then $9-$10 per gallon). DOE Sec. Chu
  • Oil is a fuel of the last century.
  • “Drill, Drill, Drill “ is a bumper sticker not a solution.
  • We can’t drill our way to low gas prices when we have only 2% of world’s oil resources and consume 20% of the world’s oil.
  • Post Solyndra et al “We need to “double down” on clean energy” “that has never been more promising.”
  • Natural Gas “official” energy numbers
  • At the head of the pack in the fracking revolution.
  • Six years ago, large terminals at ports built to receive imported natural gas. Terminals now retrofitted to export the plentiful domestic gas.
  • Natural gas production 2006-2010- 48% average annual growth rate.
  • Shale gas now accounting for 25% of domestic natural gas production.
  • Many rich fields: Barnet Shale (TX,) Utica (NY, PA, WVA), Marcellus (OH) Haynesville-Bossier (LA), Fayetteville (AR) , Niobrara and other states.
  • EIA – Marcellus formation may contain more BTUs of energy than the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.
  • Natural Gas (Cont.) “official” energy numbers
  • Uptake in production has led to glut-sharply declining prices
  • In 2008- Natural gas at $11 mbtu; In 2012 –Natural gas at $2 mbtu.
  • Low prices have revived US chemical industries and related manufacturing.
  • Natural gas had been viewed by activists and EPA as a bridge fuel to get beyond oil and coal.
  • Recently an about face, looks like the bridge may be regarded as a draw bridge.
  • Beware of making your competitor’s enemy your friend!
  • Projected Imports of LNG vs. Actual “official” energy numbers(or why forecasters should be humble) Two Energy Policies =Two Economic Models “official” energy numbers Solyndra versus the Mitchell/Hammmodels
  • Venture Socialism v. Individual Entrepreneurs
  • I. Solyndra Model- Venture Socialism
  • Lavish Tax Payer Funded Subsidy to Create Green Jobs and “Jump Start” non-profitable renewable energy production.
  • Renewable Energy-inherently less reliable, less efficient, parasitic, far more expensive, unproven at scale.
  • Gov’t picking winners and losers. Solyndra one of many failures. In last 2 years of stimulus program over
  • $20 billion to renewable, esp. solar start-ups.
  • 2011- federal subsidy for solar - $750 per kwhrr; for coal co.
  • Average $cost per job from stimulus subsidies = $10 million. Result - Economic Pie Contracts
  • Two Energy Policies =Two Economic Models “official” energy numbers
  • II. Mitchell/Hamm Models
  • Risk-taking Entrepreneurs investing in development of innovative technology (Mitchell) and/or exploration and production (Hamm) within the competitive private market.
  • Mitchell-long time independent TX oilman, spent 10-15 years employing world’s experts to refine fracking/horizontal drilling=shale gas revolution.
  • Hamm-13th child of poor OK rural family. Began as roughneck in OK oilfields. Now CEO of Continental Resources. Credited with discovery of the Bakken Fields in ND and is biggest operator, self-made billionaire. His Individual effort is key to increase of ND jobs by 264% from 2005-2009 – without one dollar of tax-payer money. Result-Economic pie grows.
  • U.S. COAL Reserves Dwarf Reserves of any Country in the World.
  • Now Coal Fuels 45% of US Electric Generation – recently 50%.
  • Coal long valued for price advantage and value as fuel for baseload power- key to affordable and reliable electricity
  • Wrongly Villified as “Dirty Coal”
  • Modern coal plants have multiple controls achieving huge reduction of air contaminants.
  • Coal is first on Activist’ and EPA’s hit list. Indeed an orchestrated campaign to kill coal.
  • *But will be exported to China et al and burned w/out environmental controls –
  • *(China -400 tpy/Hg; US -30 tpy/Hg23 tonss)
  • EPA proposed regulations (eg mercury rule) already led to multiple coal plant closures.
  • *Reliability is at stake this summer if high demand.
  • Natural Gas historically low prices a slight competitive advantage over coal., rapidly replacing coal for generation..
  • Coal a vital component of steel production and many other products.
  • If gasification technology matures, coal could yield feedstocks as varied as crude oil.
  • U.S. COAL Reserves Dwarf Reserves of any Country in the World.
  • EPA proposed regulations (e.g. mercury rule) already led to multiple coal plant closures.
  • Reliability is at stake this summer in certain areas if high demand.Texas reserve margin has fallen from 13-8%.
  • Natural Gas historically low prices a slight advantage over coal, rapidly replacing coal for generation?
  • The Value of Energy Diversity = competitive consumer price and resilience in market shocks.
  • Coal a vital component of steel production and many other products.
  • If gasification technology matures, coal could become a feedstock as varied as crude oil.
  • Energy Divesty= Energy Resilience
  • The Current Administration: Energy Policy Folly World.
  • First Energy Policies in US History w/ goal of raising the price of fossil-fuel based energy
  • A War on Fossil Fuel Energy Sources Providing 85% of US Energy.
  • But No Viable Alternatives for Deployment at Scale.
  • No Viable Alternative Now with the Abundance, Affordability, Reliability, Efficiency, Density of Fossil Fuels
  • Rationale- If conventional energy from fossil fuels is more expensive, then far more expensive, unreliable, inefficient renewable energy (wind/solar) will be more competitive or socially tolerated.
  • European Union already implemented this policy and miserably failed.
  • EU retracting pulling back from clean energy subsidies and feed-in tariffs.
  • After aggressive renewabl use, Germany- Over 500,000 homes with no electricity.
  • Regressive Impacts already felt: US Energy costs now higher than food.
  • And Whence the High Gasoline Prices? World.
  • Multiple and Complex Variables but widely misunderstood dynamic
  • Globally Set Price of Crude Oil drives the price of gasoline-76% based on price of oil
  • He with the most black gold rules= OPEC, esp. Saudi Arabia-greatest reserve capacity.
  • Oil is priced in U.S. Dollars- Weakened dollar increases oil prices (NB QE1 & 2, National Debt, Credit Downgrade)
  • Rest of gas price- federal and state taxes, oil refining costs, distribution, profit.Federal tax is $18.4 cents; State taxes vary.
  • Supply and Demand of Course PrevailAnticipation of Increased or Decreased Supply major determinant.
  • Most so-called speculators are investors - airlines locking in jet fuel price helps consumers
  • U.S. Export to Latin America of limited petroleum products has not driven gasoline price up
  • Offshore Drilling and the Price of Oil World. Growing Political Turmoil and Instability in Middle East still a Major Factor.
  • Current price rise began when Libyan turmoil removed 1.5 mbd off the market.
  • Increasing regional instability followed – risk of closure of the Straights of Hormuz
  • Escalating tension between Israel and Iran.
  • Iran production falling as result of sanctions.
  • Saudi Arabia’s (the OPEC kingpin) reserve capacity declining
  • Saudi domestic oil consumption rising and energy-driven welfare state limiting Saudi investment in energy.
  • Geo-political dominance as the swing supplier in time of unrest or increased demand?
  • U.S. Policy Action such as denial Keystone XL pipeline project lowers expectation of US domestic supply.
  • Keystone XL Pipeline et al Needed Infrastructure still a Major Factor.
  • Keystone XL – 3 years and 8 volumes of permits ... final approval
  • Then EPA “weighed in” on the carbon footprint
  • Urgently needed to break bottlenecks in North Dakota and Cushing, OK
  • Gulf Coast Refineries invested $$$billions to reconfigure for Canadian oil
  • Summer 2012 closure of old but key eastern refineries
  • Denial of Keystone – a factor in rising oil prices
  • North American Crude Oil Pipelines still a Major Factor. Source: GeoWeb Portal Rextag Hart Energy Mapping Service Feb 13 2012 Choke Points still a Major Factor. Source: Savage, Presentation Bakken Product Markets and Take-Away Denver Jan 31-Feb 1 2012 with EPRINC Additions North American Pipes still a Major Factor. Source: Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. The North Dakota Story 2005 -2009 still a Major Factor. Economic Miracles Do Occur
  • From 2005-2009 ND increased employment by 264%.Oil Business increased economic value from $1.3 billion to $5 billion.
  • Service businesses and related jobs =$12.9 billion
  • Income per capita increased by 78%
  • Paid $559 million in leases and royalties to landowners Paid $821 billion in taxes
  • Unemployment rate of 3.5 % - lowest in the U.S.Midland, TX now tied with Bismark, ND!
  • Likely negative unemployment-with 18,000 jobs unfilled
  • Sources:
  • North Dakota State University Report (www.ndiol.org)
  • “How North Dakota Became Saudi Arabia,” Stephen Moore, WSJ, 10/1/2011
  • Upsurge is on Private and State Lands still a Major Factor. 96% of Increased Production Feds Constrains Production on federal lands and offshore (OCS) Onshore Federal Lands still a Major Factor.
  • Restricted 4 decades – Now Suppressed
  • Leases on less than 6% of federal lands
  • Federal/Indian Lands – 31% of total US oil production in 2011 (36% in 2010)
  • Similar figures for natural gas
  • Upsurge in production 96% from private and state lands.
  • Magnitude of Upsurge (1.3 mbo increase 2008-2001) masked by decline on federal onshore and offshore lands under Obama administration.
  • BLM data since 2009:
  • New federal oil and gas leases down 44% from 2007-2008 levels.
  • Permits to Drill down 39%
  • # of new wells drilled down 39%
  • Return to production levels 2007-2008 = an additional 7-13 mbo
  • Oil Shale- The U.S. Mother Load still a Major Factor. Alaska still a Major Factor. A State but Almost All Land Federally OwnedVast Untapped Resources
  • ANWR- 19 million Acre Reserve Created in 1980
  • Oil production planned for only 2000 acres – 0.01% of ANWR
  • USGS estimate of over 16 bbo – development blocked 30 years
  • Caribou population: 1968-6,000; 2009-67,000 re Prudhoe Bay
  • National Petroleum Reserve- 15 bbo
  • Beaufort & Chukchi Seas- 30 bbo
  • Shell spent 5 years and $4 billion seeking permits in Beaufort
  • Trans-Canada Pipeline deteriorating with decreased production
  • Offshore still a Major Factor.
  • Federal government controls oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf
  • DOI estimates OCS contains 86 bbo/ 420 tcf natural gas
  • 97% OCS not leased; Moratorium on most OCS leasing began 1982
  • Remember Drill Here, Drill Now Campaign
  • Congress repeals moratorium in September 2008 .President GW Bush initiated lease process: Halted in January 2009
  • Gulf production -2010 oil spill– 31% US production pre-spill
  • After BP’s Macondo oil spill – federal moratorium then permitorium on shallow/deep wells.
  • Lost 200,000 bo from Gulf in 2011; 700,000 bo by 2020.
  • Yet, Obama engineered multi-billion IMF financing for Brazil’s offshore.
  • Real Energy Jobs still a Major Factor.
  •  Since 2003, jobs in the oil and gas sector have increased 80% : Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • 20%- 1 in 5- of all new net jobs created.
  • Average salary in the oil and gas sector $60,000-$80,000
  • Median Annual U.S. Income (family of four) = $49,700
  • Woods MacKenzie : U.S. energy boom creation of 1.4 million new jobs by 2020
  • Jobs would increase govt. revenue by $800 billion.
  • E.g. Texas- Over the last 2 years, oil and gas production jobs increased 16-20% - highest annual growth rate by sector.
  • Indirect jobs/service companies, petrochemical industries, manufacturing
  • Suppressing US Energy- Nothing New still a Major Factor.
  • “Environmental Policy Constraints on U.S. Oil Supply: Outdated & Unjustified”KH White, TPPF, August 2008.
  • “Since the early 1970’s, policies driven by a now-entrenched environmental establishment have restricted exploration and production of domestic oil and gas. The policies are now outdated, unrealistic and overwhelmed by the needs of national security and economic stability.”
  • Over 150 Federal laws enable suppression of oil, natural gas, coal, uranium and other mineral production.Citizen Law Suits Used Constantly by Environmental Activists.
  • “CO2 is today’s elephant in the energy arena, paralyzing policy
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