Derrick Freeman

Derrick Freeman is a senior fellow and director of the Energy Innovation Project at the Progressive Policy Institute.



By / 12.11.2014

In July 2014, the United States passed Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s biggest oil producer for the first time since 1970. This dramatic turn of events marked the end of an era in U.S. energy policy—an era that began in the 1970s with two oil embargoes, soaring gas prices, and growing dependence […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 10.20.2014

Director of PPI’s Energy Innovation Project, Derrick Freeman, penned an op-ed on today’s RealClearPolicy regarding the restarting of Japan’s nuclear reactors following the shutdown after an earthquake and tsunami led to meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March 2011 — with lessons for policymakers here in the U.S. Nonetheless, there are compelling reasons for […]


By / 10.16.2014

In a remarkably brief period, America has become awash in oil and natural gas. According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) we have surpassed Russia as the world’s leading energy superpower, producing more oil and natural gas combined than any other country. This newfound abundance has turned old assumptions about U.S. energy scarcity and […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 9.18.2014

Americans seem to have a love-hate relationship with major energy companies. On the one hand, our iconic brands are global leaders and symbols of U.S. technological and economic prowess. On the other hand, Big Energy takes the heat when the public gets restive over rising gas prices, or there’s an extended power outage. A new […]