State of U.S. Energy Independence

Will 2011 be the year the nation finally adopts an energy policy that can make a real impact on achieving energy independence?

Green_Glowing_Earth_CroppedWill 2011 be the year our nation finally adopts an energy policy that can make a real impact on achieving energy independence? Not if the President and the Congress continue to use energy policy as a political piñata.

With the stakes increasing by the day, it’s time for the oil and gas industry to step up and broker a reasonable solution. Only by abandoning slogans and entrenched political posturing will we be able to turn to solutions that are rooted in science and economics.

Shifting our nation’s dependence away from oil by tapping the abundant natural gas resources below our feet has become a presidential priority. Such a move also enjoys broad bipartisan congressional support. It is now time for the industry to take a leadership role in addressing any lingering safety concerns so that we may finally make energy independence a reality, not just a platitude.

Once the industry engages and constructively contributes to the ongoing energy debate, they will do what they have always done: tackle the problem using good science, good engineering, innovation and responsible business practices. Now is the time for industry leadership – our nation’s energy policy hangs in the balance.

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Source: Michael McMahon | Forbes