Ret. Commander Tom Garcia (Vets4Energy Chaiman): "We need to drill for more oil to stay on road to energy independence"
Without much fanfare, the United States now meets its own domestic natural gas needs, while also becoming the world's No. 1 exporter of natural gas. At the same time, Americans still consume far more oil than our domestic resources can supply.
Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.
If you have paid attention to the news lately, you have no doubt seen the tensions, civil war and terrorist attacks facing many countries around the world. What many of these countries have in common is a major influence on the production or transportation of oil and natural gas, which is essential to all developed nations.
A recent Neilson poll found three connected points among registered U.S. voters on domestic oil and natural gas development that should resonate in Washington. Across party lines, age and gender, strong majorities of registered voters support more domestic drilling and production.