U.S. trends in energy use, consumption and acquisition have changed significantly in the few years of the 21st century, and the Obama administration is releasing a new assessment of how its all-of-the-above energy strategy is contributing to the United States’ transition toward a clean-energy economy.
The administration is steering toward three energy policy goals: support economic growth and job creation, enhance energy security through greater energy independence, and create a low-carbon energy future. That final goal is critically linked to the Climate Action Plan that President Obama announced in a speech in June 2013.
While the policy stresses the importance of domestic activity to change energy habits, it also pledges U.S. leadership in the international arena so nations might work together toward the goal of a cleaner, more sustainable world in the future.
The report — An All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy as a Path to Sustainable Economic Growth — says the United States is diversifying its energy sources with increased use of cleaner natural gas and accelerated adoption of solar and geothermal energy.
These U.S. actions help advance efforts elsewhere to increase the use of renewables, the report says. “Through low-carbon technologies developed and demonstrated in the United States (including nonconventional natural gas technologies), the United States can help the rest of the world reduce its dependence on coal.”
President Obama (shown above) advocated the broader use of solar technologies during a speech at a California store in early May, delivering his remarks against a backdrop of solar lighting products.