President Obama has the opportunity to leave the country better off than it was six years ago, in terms of reliability, sustainability and availability of offshore energy.
To date, however, the president has passed on some opportunities to do so. He has built upon the existing foundation, particularly in the area of nontraditional energy, where there have been great strides toward offshore wind development.
But energy experts are nearly unanimous in their assessment that nontraditional sources of energy, even if rapidly developed, will meet just a small percentage of the overall national energy demand in 2045. Most energy will still come from traditional energy sources, such as coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear, according to the Energy Information Administration.
Maximizing the availability and production of traditional domestic energy is where the president can have real impact. In 2010, the administration was on the brink of opening up new offshore areas for oil and natural gas leasing.