Natural Gas Represents Better National Security

A Simple Choice: Greater National Security Or Dependence On Oil Cartels And Dictators?

You don’t need to be a math genius to understand that the more energy we produce in the United States, the less we have to buy from countries that aren’t our friends. So it seems we have a pretty simple choice:

Either keep importing oil from unstable nations in the Middle East and propping up dictators across the globe. Or take advantage of the cleaner, greener natural gas coming from formations like the Barnett Shale.

Sounds like a no-brainer to us.

Just look at the facts:

- We consume about 18.8 million barrels of oil a day.
- We import more than 9 million barrels of oil a day.
- We import almost 6 million barrels a day from OPEC, the oil cartel that includes Venezuela, Libya, Nigeria, and Iran.

Now think about this:

If we replaced 3.5 million heavy-duty vehicles with natural gas-burning vehicles, by 2035 we’d be saving over 1.2 million barrels of oil every day. That’s more than America imported from either Saudi Arabia or Venezuela in 2009.

And finally, consider this:

Right now, right here in own country, we have enough natural gas still in the ground to meet demand for 100 years. And here in the Barnett Shale alone, there’s enough to provide gas-fueled power to Texas for over 300 years.

Since we now have safe, proven technologies to get that gas, it just makes sense to take advantage of a home-grown source of energy that also helps protect our national security.

At CLEAN Resources, we agree with what James Jones, a retired Marine Corps four-star general and presidential National Security Advisor, had to say about the growing U.S. dependence on foreign oil:

“Our entire economy depends on the expectation that energy will be plentiful, available, and affordable. Nations like Venezuela and Iran can use oil and gas as political and economic weapons by manipulating the marketplace. Half of our trade deficit goes toward buying oil from abroad, and some of that money ends up in the hands of terrorists.”

It’s obvious: The more we depend on countries and dictators whose interests are different from ours, the more at risk we are – both in terms of energy, security, and our economy – to the kind of blackmail Gen. Jones is talking about.

That’s why we need the responsible development of the Barnett Shale: It’s the way to energy security - and national security.

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