Addressing Energy Distortions in the Presidential Debate

October 22, 2012

Five Tools for Fact Checking Statements on Oil & Natural Gas Development on Federal Lands


(DENVER) – In its third and final presidential debate, both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney again focused on energy, jobs and the economy. Western Energy Alliance offers several online tools and studies to assist the media in fact-checking candidate statements related to energy development on America's federal lands.


"American oil and natural gas production has increased dramatically over the last several years, but it's been in spite of, not because of the federal government," said Tim Wigley, President of Western Energy Alliance. "Bureaucratic red tape, redundant and burdensome federal regulations, and new policies that block access to federal lands have stood in the way of the West reaching its full energy and economic potential."


"You'll hear the President claim credit for increased oil and natural gas production, but the fact is that federal lands, where he has the most control, have not kept pace with private and state lands. In the West, home to the vast majority of onshore federal development, natural gas production on federal lands is down 4% since 2008, whereas it's up 29% on private and state lands. Federal oil production is up 54% on private and state lands, with federal lands lagging behind at 26%," continued Wigley.


"Energy security is a vital component of U.S. foreign policy. The West is a key region for increasing domestic oil production and reducing our reliance on unfriendly nations. Our Blueprint for Western Energy Prosperity shows how just six producing states in the West can displace imports from Russia, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Algeria, Nigeria, and Colombia combined," concluded Wigley.


Below are Western Energy Alliance's tools for fact checking candidate statements related to energy development on America's federal lands.


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Five Tools for Fact Checking Statements on Oil & Natural Gas Development on Federal Lands

  1. Western Oil & Natural Gas Dashboard contains detailed statistics confirming production on state and private lands is outpacing federal lands.
  2. The Blueprint for Western Energy Prosperity outlines how production from six western states can displace foreign imports.
  3. Western Oil & Natural Gas Employs America shows how western production creates 229,150 jobs and $51 billion in annual economic impact across America.
  4. Economic Impacts of Oil & Natural Gas Development on Federal Lands in the West demonstrates how projects proposed on federal lands could create nearly 121,000 new jobs and $27.5 billion in annual economic impact if the federal government would move forward.
  5. Top Ten Ways the Federal Government is Preventing Onshore Oil & Gas Production.

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About Western Energy Alliance
Western Energy Alliance, founded in 1974 as the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, is a non-profit trade association representing more than 400 companies engaged in all aspects of environmentally responsible exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the West. More information on Western Energy Alliance and its members is available at www.westernenergyalliance.org.