From energy costs to job creation, the environment and our standing in the global economy, America faces no shortage of challenges and opportunities. There's no simple, single solution. Instead, we need to work together to address the nation's energy needs in a safe, sustainable and affordable way.
At ConocoPhillips, we recognize that historic changes in the natural gas industry offer us the opportunity to play our part.
The surge in shale gas production is transforming the North American energy market, positioning natural gas as a potential job-creation machine that can help to drive urgently needed economic growth and prosperity.
What's more, if allowed to compete on a level playing field, this clean-burning fuel can help reinvigorate the U.S. industrial base, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and potentially even transform geopolitical relationships based on increased levels of production and changing trade patterns for fossil fuels around the world.
Natural gas provides the opportunity to take action right now, as America also develops additional sources of energy for the long run. It's not the only answer, but it's a critical component in helping our country meet our energy needs.