Surveying the Changing Landscape of ‘Homegrown Energy’

BY News Desk  August 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM EST

Weighing Benefits and Pitfalls of Increased Oil and Gas Production in U.S.


Read the full transcript for the video here.

Two years ago, the U.S imported two-thirds of its oil. Now, imports make up less than half of U.S. oil demand. Jeffrey Brown talks to National Resources Defense Council’s Kate Sinding and the Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce about increasing domestic energy production and whether the economic benefits outweigh environmental concerns.

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