The key to bringing back U.S. prominence in the world is through American energy. With a balanced policy, America can be energy independent without propping up brutal regimes and, at the same time, moving closer towards the future of the Earth’s environmentally-safe fuel needs.
There is more natural gas within our shores than anywhere in the industrialized world – estimated to be over 200 years worth. It is clean, it is cheap, and it is abundant. We just need to go after it. That means opening up government-owned lands for exploration and building new refineries to bring the fuel to market. That means embracing fossil fuels today with an eye towards renewables for tomorrow.
Fossil fuels expanded food production for all, helped create the automobile and aviation industries, got America through two World Wars, and propelled the Industrial Revolution. While renewable fuels are getting better, cheaper and are promising for the future, things like solar panels, wind turbines, and their storage units are bulky, of limited use, and not as of yet cost effective.
Balance is key in bringing America to energy prosperity. We must rid the nation of burdensome, economy-destroying regulations and embrace the traditional sources of power that have made American business thrive. We need to aggressively go after natural gas and look for ways to decrease the cost and girth of renewable energy through investment and incentives. This will lead to the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs; significantly bring down the national debt; attract new industries to the US; slash prices at the pump; harm the financing of Islamic extremism; expand exports to other nations; and produce an economic boom that allows companies who left US shores to repatriate their tax revenue back to America where it belongs.
If we do all of these things – and we can – America will be energy independent; we will no longer have to rely on places like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela for our fuel needs; and we will be ready and quickly moving towards the demands and hope for a new and prosperous future. We will have our supply here at home. And remember, the greatest way we could keep our environment healthy and clean is by having a robust economy that can pay for it.