The United States must decrease its dependence on foreign sources of energy. In most years, the United States imports more than 50% of its oil from foreign nations, creating a dependency that affects our national security and foreign relations.
Every source of energy should be explored, including green technology, domestic drilling of oil, gas exploration, and nuclear energy. The United States is blessed with a multitude of resources that go untapped because regulations that initially served environmental safety concerns have expanded to virtually block expansion of the energy industry. Potential jobs and better consumer prices pass us by while foreign nations continue to export their energy production. Energy costs affect business expenses, putting a strain on the economy as businesses both small and large spend more on energy and less on expanding their workforce.
Expansion of our domestic source of energy can be pursued with safety foremost in mind. The Federal government has the agencies and resources that are necessary to sensibly regulate all industries. A balance needs to be struck between public safety and the need to propel America's energy policy into the 21st-Century.