Elect representatives who will unleash US energy potential
June 2, 2018
(Written by Colonel Dennis George, USA (ret.), volunteer chairman of Nevada Vets4Energy, which consists of veterans working to ensure national security through energy security.)
Over the next few months, voters from all walks of life will be peppered with various policy proposals from candidates seeking elected office. No doubt much of the focus will center on the state of the nation’s health care system, the economy, taxes and immigration policy, but I think there’s a key issue that unfortunately isn’t getting the attention I believe it should: energy.
America is the world’s leading energy producer in natural gas and soon to become No. 1 in oil. Through recent technological advances, we’ve cut our oil imports by half — from 53 percent to 23 percent since 2010. Current government projections estimate that our domestic natural gas production will be able to supply up to 60 percent of U.S. energy demands for decades. The more resources we have available, the lower our energy costs ultimately will be.
But there’s something else to consider with your vote — as we decrease our dependence on foreign oil, particularly from volatile regimes, we also lessen the need for American troop-led intervention. For all the reasons America has gotten involved in foreign conflicts, energy was always in the mix. And as we enter the 15th year of our longest-ever war....
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