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Increases in domestic shale gas and oil production, growth in renewable energy, and steady efficiency improvements in all sectors of the economy have put the country on an energy and economic path that few predicted possible. Our country is blessed with diverse and abundant domestic energy resources, but still confronts an array of energy challenges that will demand high-level attention in the years ahead. The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) launched the Strategic Energy Policy Initiative in 2011 to address these challenges.
We must build upon this progress and simultaneously address ever-present energy security threats and environmental challenges. Doing so during a time of unsustainable national debt will create difficult but necessary policy choices — choices that are unlikely to be resolved without broad-based bipartisan support and national leadership.