America's reliance on foreign oil, especially oil from the volatile Middle East, is the most serious threat to our nation's long-term security and economic independence. Stable, reliable and affordable sources of energy are critical to both our security and prosperity. To ensure such a supply, Schiff believes that developing cleaner sources of energy, coupled with encouraging energy efficiency and conservation, must be among our nation's top priorities.
As a member of the House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, Schiff has long advocated for increased investments in the search for alternative fuels and the development of energy efficient technology. Today, European and Asian competitors are developing technologies that will reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions of greenhouse gases. Rather than American entrepreneurs, it is our competitors who are prospering from these developments. By marshalling America's great strengths -- our innovation, our technological prowess, and our entrepreneurial spirit -- we could better secure our nation, save the environment, and become the world leader in a cutting edge industry.