Mark Stansberry

America’s Energy: 2021 and Beyond

The year 2020 was truly a time of uncertainty and challenges, to say the least. The future of regulations, executive orders, tax issues, fiscal and monetary policies, international trade issues, COVID-19 vaccination outcomes, supply and demand of energy, and private/public education challenges are some of the numerous issues before us.

Energy education is needed more than ever. Nothing moves without energy. We need to work together to provide energy efficiency and environmental preservation. The oil and gas industry is strongly needed for necessary energy usage and petrochemical products.

As I state in my book, America Needs America’s Energy: Creating Together the People’s Energy Plan, “Future generations are depending on us to keep the American dream alive. For too long we in America have been wasting time blaming the energy industry or the government for failure to adopt a national energy strategy, when we should be responsible for creating the plan. As consumers of energy, we must drive the process, evaluating how we can best leverage our natural resources here at home to ensure long-term energy independence and security. American citizens must take individual responsibility for the state of this great nation, striving to protect the land we call home.”

The 24th Annual/Anniversary of IEPC (Energy Policy Conference) – Roundtable/Summit was held August 11, 2016, at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The roundtable was hosted by IEPC, the Energy Advocates and the Master of Energy Program, University of Tulsa.

Roundtable participants included representatives of state and federal government, chambers of commerce, public relations firms, concerned citizens, various areas of the energy sector, professors, think-tanks, energy management students from across the U.S. and the media.

Several issues were discussed regarding energy issues and views. Since that time, we have seen continued dialogue regarding the ever-changing landscape of energy and other economic areas of interest. The energy sector will need to form alliances with other economic sectors in 2021 and beyond.

For example, one company, IngenuitE, is looking at ways to assist energy companies and businesses entering and maintaining digital transformation. It is able to provide consulting to energy companies and businesses.

Former U.S. President Eisenhower founded People to People International (PTPI) in 1956. His great grandson, Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, is the current CEO of PTPI. At an event at the University of Central Oklahoma, he stated, “We can all make a difference and together work toward solutions.” Energy is the future of America, and America Needs America’s Energy.

U.S. energy security is vital. It is important that we develop and maintain the proper infrastructure.

There are many countries and regions of the world that have been added to our watchlist for 2021, including the Philippines, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Syria and Iran. Of course, China, Russia, India and OPEC continue to be on the watchlist. America needs America’s energy now, more than ever! Join our effort by visiting Facebook: National Energy Talk. 

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Mark A. Stansberry, Chairman of The GTD Group, is an award-winning author, columnist, film and music producer, radio talk show host and 2009 Western Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee. Stansberry has written five energy-related books. He has been active in the oil and gas industry for over 44 years, having served as CEO/President of Moore-Stansberry, Inc., and The Oklahoma Royalty Company. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma, Chairman 2016-2017 of the Gaylord-Pickens Museum/Oklahoma Hall of Fame Board of Directors, Lifetime Trustee of Oklahoma Christian University, and Board Emeritus of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team. He has served on several public and private boards. He is currently on the advisory board of IngenuitE, Inc.

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