For the past eight years, the primary focus of U.S. energy policy and research and development has been built around concerns over climate change and reducing carbon dioxide, or CO2 emissions, often through regulation and rule making. With a new administration, this focus will likely change to a more market-based approach grounded in the pursuit of secure energy for America—energy that’s affordable, available, reliable and sustainable. In reality, no form of energy meets all aspects of these criteria. The goal of secure energy is to balance the benefits of environmental sustainability with the benefits of affordable, available and reliable energy.
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