Knowing you will have access to affordable energy when you need it. That is energy independence.
Politicians have been promising to make America energy independent for decades.
In the volatile world of the 21st century, owning and controlling our own sources of energy is vital.
Our country's dependence on importing energy from countries who do not necessaily have America's best interest in mind present both economic and national security problems. And, because this energy frequently comes from politically unstable regions of the world, it predisposes the price of energy to massive fluctuations that hit Americans hard in their pocket books.
With strategic and wise policies that encourage the development of America's natural stores of energy through safe, proven, and time-tested means offer the opportunity for American to become energy independent in the coming years.
While an all-of-the-above energy policy that embraces alternative energy sources like wind, solar, nuclear and other forms is necessary and strategically smart, oil and natural gas will be the dominant sources of American energy for decades to come.
The good news is that we have plenty of abundant stores of oil and natural gas right here in America. What was unthinkable a few years ago, the United States has become the leading producer of both oil and natural gas, surpassing both Russia and Saudi Arabia. We can take advantage of this opportunity to become an energy superpower.
Investing in the production of oil and natural gas in America won't merely lead us down a path to energy independence, but also to an economically stronger America through creating new well-paying jobs, building and repairing infrastructure, promoting economic growth, and producing much-needed revenue for government coffers at the federal, state, and local levels.
American energy independence isn't a pipe dream. It's a goal that is within our reach with sensible policies that encourage the development of American energy.
- What is energy security (International Energy Agency)