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US fossil fuel production continues to grow, except on Federal land

June 12, 2013

A tale of three charts:

First, total US fossil fuel production from 2002 to 2012.  A clear and steady increase.

Total Fossil Fuel Production, 2002 to 2012

Now, US fossil fuel production from private lands.  Also a clear and steady increase.

US Private Land Fossil Fuel Production, 2002-2012

Finally, US fossil fuel production from Federal lands.  This time, a clear and noticeable decline.

US Public Land Fossil Fuel Production, 2002-2012

Total US production shows steady decade long increase, as does production on private land.

Production on Federal lands shows steady decline – even during the Bush years.

The permanent bureaucracy entrenched at EPA and Interior is opposed to fossil fuels, regardless of which party sits in the White House.

If we want to change federal policy, we have to change the policy implementers, not just the policy makers.

All data from the US Energy Information Administration.

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