Life:Powered is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation to ensure that Americans continue to benefit from abundant, reliable, safe, and clean energy. It is the essential building block that touches all our lives and influences everything from the world economy to the kitchen table.
Energy fuels what is possible: the freedom to go where we want, live where we choose, and enjoy the things we love the most. Human flourishing depends on energy use, often in invisible and unnoticed ways. A reliable energy supply can feed the hungry, take care of the sick, and ensure a prosperous economic future for society. It promotes freedom and independence around the world and right here at home.
And fossil fuels don’t just power your car and heat your home. Hydrocarbons are the building blocks for 60% of all fibers and 100% of all plastics, and they are used to create the fertilizers that produce food for half the world.
The United States has the means to lead the world in energy production. Through American ingenuity and innovation, responsible production of reliable energy will make the world safer, our environment cleaner, and each and every citizen more prosperous.
The United States has an abundance of reliable, affordable domestic energy resources. Using these resources responsibly can help improve the quality of life for all Americans and people throughout the world.
No country has been as effective, innovative, or environmentally sensitive in the consumption and production of energy as the United States. Continuous improvements in technology make our energy and our world safe.
From 1970 to 2017, the aggregate U.S. emissions of the six primary air pollutants have declined by 73 percent. 1
Ambient concentrations of these harmful pollutants have declined an average of 64 percent since 1990. 2
The U.S. now produces more oil and natural gas than any other country in the world. 3
The U.S. is poised to become a net energy exporter in the next 5 years. 4