Issue Position: Energy Independence
Americans will be freer and stronger when we break our dependence on foreign oil. Today, we consume 2.5 million barrels of oil per day from the Middle East, where instability has pushed prices to record highs. These soaring energy costs are burdening middle-class families with higher gas prices, and our dependence on Middle East oil is putting our national security at risk.
America will be safer and freer when the resources that fuel our economy are in our own hands, when we develop new energy sources right here in America.
I will continue to work to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, create good jobs and protect our environment; including the preservation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I will strongly support energy policy reform, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and will oppose business-as-usual proposals from the Republican leadership.