From the editor:
Energy independence for America is a goal we've heard about for decades, and the current boom in energy production in this country puts it within our grasp. The Oklahoman's energy reporters examine how close we are to that goal and what role a number of high-profile Oklahoma companies play in it. On Oct. 7, the special report will continue, with a focus on the path to energy independence and the potential impact on consumers. - Kelly Dyer Fry

OCTOBER 7, 2012


Energy independence, Part 2: More U.S. oil production may limit price volatility

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What would energy independence mean for gasoline prices, utility bills, plastics, groceries and other consumer expenses? How would domestic jobs and the potential for a stronger economy affect individuals throughout the country?

Energy independence, Part 2: Politics, prices have kept U.S. from energy independence

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It seems everyone knows who is to blame for the United States' failure to maximize its energy resources to become independent of imports: the government.

Energy independence, Part 2: Energy developers consider effects on environment

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The pursuit of energy independence raises numerous environmental concerns. Environmentalists have challenged coal for its pollutants and oil and natural gas for fracking, but wind and solar power also raise other issues.

Energy independence, Part 2: Consumers have many energy options

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While government policy can set the debate and affect the direction toward energy independence, the individual consumer has a large affect on whether the country can become energy independent.

Energy independence, Part 2: Tips to cut your energy costs

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How you can cut costs

• Unplug appliances that are not being used

• Take advantage of your computer's energy savings features

See more ideas ...

Energy independence, Part 2: Trucking companies see benefits of using natural gas

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Several of the country's tractor-trailer fleets slowly are converting to natural gas instead of diesel in a move some say is essential to helping the country reduce its dependence on imported oil.

Energy independence, Part 2: Public support is needed to meet future energy needs

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Rapid oil and gas development in new areas of the country has bred mistrust and misunderstanding of many energy companies.

Energy independence, Part 2: How to reach energy independence

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Many options are available for how the country can move toward reducing its reliance on foreign oil.

Energy independence, Part 2: Industry experts, in their own words

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Some industry leaders and economists weigh in on energy independence.



SEPTEMBER 30, 2012


Energy independence, Part 1: Experts say it is possible for the U.S.

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The wealth of energy options available in the United States and the rest of North America means the continent could fulfill all of its needs in the coming years, experts say.

Energy independence, Part 1: Oil production, demand will set prices

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Some energy industry observers have said that if production continues to outpace demand growth, global energy prices could fall to a level that would hurt domestic producers, causing domestic production to drop. Others, however, say that as the United States and European economies emerge from recession, global growth will boost demand, holding prices at stronger levels.

Energy independence, Part 1: Texas oilman's idea leads to today's shale boom

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Texas oilman George Mitchell is credited with discovering how to economically recover natural gas from hard, dense shale rock deep underground. His techniques fueled the oil and natural gas boom over the past five years.

Energy independence, Part 1: How would it impact U.S. military policy?

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The United States military has been involved in two wars, one in the oil-rich Middle East, and actively patrols and monitors oil choke points throughout the world. Energy independence could change both arrangements.

Energy independence, Part 1: What are the benefits?

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In 2005, the United States imported more than 3 billion barrels of oil from countries outside of North America at a total cost of about $300 billion. If the country were energy independent, that money could have been spent within the United States.

Energy independence, Part 1: What have U.S. presidents said about it?

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For several generations, the occupants of the White House have been saying the U.S. needs freedom from foreign energy sources, yet we still do not have an energy policy that achieves it. Here are their exact words ...

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The NewsOK Energy Team

Adam Wilmoth


Energy Editor

Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector.

Wilmoth holds a master's degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. He's also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City's youth program, LOYAL -- Linking Oklahoma City's Young Adult Leaders.

Jay F. Marks


Energy Reporter

Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.

Paul Monies


Energy Reporter

Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and database editor for The Oklahoman. He is a native of Scotland who graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and has a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.