Low prices for natural gas in the U.S., and high prices in Asia, have sparked calls to allow American drillers to export LNG. Thus far, the debate surrounding LNG exports has focused on the economic impacts. This paper examines the geopolitical benefits of removing restrictions on LNG exports to two key regions – Europe and Asia.
ASP’s fact sheet “What is Energy Independence?” explores the reasons why energy independence is the wrong goal to be working towards. Instead, a comprehensive goal of “energy security” – access to energy that is secure, economically stable, and sustainable.
This paper examines the causes of America’s soaring gasoline prices. The paper underscores that the price of gas is intimately interconnected with crude oil prices, which are set by global markets. The paper cautions that although America’s oil production has surged in recent years, it has not lowered gas prices.
ASP’s White Paper report, “Advanced Biofuels and National Security” builds on ASP’s long history of demonstrating the importance of reducing oil use for national security and highlighting the work of the Department of Defense in promoting alternative fuels. This report demonstrates that developing advanced biofuels are important in reducing America’s dependence on oil; this dependence presents real national security threats to the United States and the American military.
For the U.S. military – and the U.S. economy as a whole – dependence on oil presents real threats to national security. Over the last five years, the U.S. Department of Defense has begun to act to reduce these energy security threats by helping to create alternatives to petroleum-based fuels. One of the most promising is biofuels. ASP’s factsheet on the “DoD’s Biofuels Program” explains how dependence on oil create national security risks and the policies being put in place to reduce those risks.
This report lays out clear choices that the next administration faces on energy and climate change. America has made progress in rolling out renewable energy, but an accelerated effort is needed. Also, the next administration will need to make choices on how to manage our new-found abundance of natural gas and oil while at the same time laying the groundwork for next-generation energy technologies that will break our dependence on fossil fuels.