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5 Ways we're Using

Energy for Progress


Thanks to continuous research and development, investment in technology, and a commitment to collaboration, we’re now producing more energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, the U.S. is one of the world’s leading producer of petroleum and natural gas — an accomplishment that would have been unthinkable just a generation ago.

We’re committed to using our new role as a worldwide energy leader to further reduce emissions, while bringing electricity to the 770 million people who still live without it. We understand that there is much more work to be done to serve people around the world and our planet, too.

Here are some of the ways we’re making progress:

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1. Reliance

on Foreign Energy

In the past decade, America transitioned from being dependent on foreign energy to being one of the world’s top energy exporters. Concurrently, net energy imports have fallen, reducing our dependency on foreign energy.

2. Meeting

Global Needs


American energy exports will help to bring electricity to the hundreds of millions of people who currently live without it. Our innovations are helping to meet the world’s growing energy demands.

3. Investing in Research

And Technology

Between 1990 and 2017, we invested $356 billion to improve our environmental performance.
In 2017 alone, we spent $15.9 billion on new technology, cleaner fuels and other environmental initiatives.

4. Reducing

Household Energy Costs


America’s plentiful supply of natural gas helped reduce the average American household’s energy costs by 15% between 2008 and 2019. In the same timeframe, health care spending increased nearly 74%, education expenses rose 38%, and food expenditures went up 27%.

Expenditures Map

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5. Lowering

Carbon Emissions

U.S. carbon emissions have fallen to the lowest levels in a generation, thanks in large part to electric generators transitioning from coal to natural gas—while CO2 emissions from other countries have risen 50 percent since 1990.