Energy independence can be thought of as either absolute or strategic. Absolute meaning, a country produces all of its own energy. Strategic meaning, a country allows imported energy such as oil imports, but only if those imports do not create any vulnerabilities.
American citizens have the freedom to choose most any consumed product in our marketplace from computers, to auto parts, to clothing, to food. One exception: Transportation fuel. Oil is still the predominant fuel option that is open to most of us — in the United States and worldwide. Low oil prices have generally been welcome to consumers, but with the increasingly volatile Middle East region being home to approximately two-thirds of the global conventional oil reserves, oil prices are not likely to remain low for long. High oil prices impact the American consumer at all spending levels, from the cost of fueling their vehicles, to the goods and services they purchase.
“Using portions of the hundreds of billions of petrodollars that they are annually draining from the economy, the Saudis have set up more than twenty thousand radical madrassas around the world to indoctrinate young boys with the idea that the way to paradise is to murder Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Taoists, and Hindus. The graduates of these academies killed three thousand American civilians on September 11, 2001…Arab oil revenues are underwriting news media outlets that propagandize hatefully against the United States and the West, supporting training centers for terrorists, paying bounties to the families of suicide bombers, and funding the purchase of weapons and explosives. We are funding a war against ourselves.” - Robert Zubrin, Energy Victory
Supporting a domestic oil production “drill baby drill” mantra is admirable, but the reality is that OPEC sits on 72 percent of the world’s oil and has the power to set the price of this monopolized commodity world-wide. Further, the revenue they reap from their oil sales directly or indirectly funds terror.
The global economy trades its wealth for Middle East oil enriching the sponsors of terrorism.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the United States consumes nearly 20 million barrels of oil products every day.
- 14 million barrels per day consumed for transportation fuel.
- 9 million barrels of the transportation fuel is gasoline.
The United States imports 6 million barrels of crude oil per day from OPEC nations.
Replacing petroleum fuels (gasoline and diesel) with non-petroleum alternative fuels would completely eliminate dependence on OPEC oil—and set an example for the world to follow.
America's dependence on OPEC oil forms the intersection of the three most critical issues America currently faces: the economy, the environment, and our national security. – T. Boone Pickens
Domestic oil production must be supported, but that alone is not enough to eliminate the choke-hold OPEC has on the worldwide price of oil and on the funding of global jihadi terrorism. Competition is the answer. Competition achieved by allowing American consumers to have a choice when fueling their vehicles — and competition achieved without government mandates or subsidies. The best way to do that is to utilize free market principles and inject serious fuel competition in the transportation mix.
Act for America is dedicated to the goal of an energy independent U.S., built on a foundation of robust, home-grown resources, ensuring not only a safer, but a more prosperous future for all Americans.
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