A trillion-dollar missed opportunity – enough to pay U.S. deficit
December 6, 2010 | Posted by Ken Cohen in Perspectives
According to a study by ICF International, expanding domestic energy development in America’s offshore areas could alone generate $1.3 trillion in government revenues over the life of the resource – along with major increases in jobs and economic activity that result from offshore development.
To put this figure in perspective, consider the following numbers:
- In 2010, the U.S. federal budget deficit was $1.3 trillion.
- The total U.S. national debt currently stands at about $13.8 trillion.
- The U.S. oil and natural gas industry contributes more than $1 trillion a year to the U.S. economy.
As I indicated in my commentary on Wednesday about the moratorium, this decision is a real missed opportunity to spur economic growth, create more jobs and strengthen U.S. energy security. You can read more in last week’s post: DOI’s offshore plan: a missed economic opportunity that also weakens U.S. energy security.