According to an American Petroleum Institute (API) TV commercial, “The U.S. has enough untapped oil and natural gas resources to power more than 60 million cars and heat 160 million households for 60 years. But unlike many countries, our Congress puts much of it off-limits. A majority of Americans say that should change. Today’s technology allows us to tap these resources and protect the environment. So let’s put America’s oil and natural gas to work for Americans.”
This API commercial is disingenuous at best and does not disclose the fact that the lower 48-states, the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska have declining oil productions (i.e., past Peak Oil production). Where are the untapped U.S. oil resources?
Also, “swept under the rug” by the API commercial is the reality that the U.S. imports 60 percent of its crude oil needs (2010 data from the Energy Information Administration).
The API commercial claims that there is enough natural gas to power 60 million cars, but offers no proof of that statement. Where is the API plan to scale up the conversion of 60M cars to operate with natural gas?
It might interest the API to know that there are more than 250M registered vehicles in the United States. What will power the other 190M vehicles with fuel other than gasoline or diesel?Tags: Alaska, American Petroleum Institute, API, API TV Commercial, Declining Oil Production, Gulf of Mexico, Lower 48 States