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2020 Dem Debate: 10 Fast Facts About Ohio’s Energy Revolution

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Tonight, candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are debating in Ohio, but many support policies that would undermine the very state hosting their debate.

Almost all of the state's natural gas production comes from Utica gas wells, but several candidates are threatening to suppress Ohio’s energy revolution with bans on fracking and natural gas exports. Whether it’s the Ohio manufacturers whose facilities run on clean natural gas, the farmers who rely on motor fuels to put food on America’s tables, or the almost seven out of ten Ohioans that use clean natural gas to heat their homes during the winter, the natural gas and oil industry is helping to power progress in Ohio.

Please see below for ten fast facts highlighting the integral role of natural gas and oil in Ohio, along with a new video that API will be promoting online targeting communities surrounding the debate arena.


Ohio’s Natural Gas And Oil Industry Is Vital To The State, And Has Helped Fueled The State’s Energy Revolution…

Ohio’s natural gas production in 2018 was more than 28 times greater than in 2012. (EIA)

Ohio is among the top 10 natural gas-consuming states. (EIA)

“Nearly 7 out of 10 households use natural gas for home heating” (EIA)

“Ohio ranks first [among the Appalachian basin states] in crude oil production and in oil reserves” (EIA)

“Ohio is consistently among the top 10 crude oil-refining states in the nation.” (EIA)

…Which Has Been A Boon For Ohio’s Economy

PwC report: The natural gas and oil industry supports more than 262,000 jobs in Ohio.

Ohio University: “This surge in natural gas production has resulted in the state GDP contribution from oil and gas activity to nearly triple over the last four to five years.”

Cleveland State University: “Total investment in Ohio’s resource rich shale energy sector has reached $74 billion since tracking began in 2011...”

As Natural Gas-Generated Electricity Increased, Electricity-Related CO2 Emissions Have Decreased

The use of natural gas at Ohio's power plants was more than 13 times greater in 2018 than in 2008, and natural gas-generated electricity grew from about 2% of the state's generation in 2008 to 34% in 2018. (EIA)

Electric power CO2 emissions in Ohio declined nearly 40 percent from 2005 to 2017. (EIA)

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.