Energy Security And The United States

1553 Words Aug 4th, 2015 7 Pages
Introduction
Introduction
Energy is more than a utility that keeps the lights on in our homes or the gas in our cars; it’s a foundational resource that plays a key role in a nation’s ability to provided economic opportunity and basic services and security to its people. As such, it is imperative to a nation’s overall security that it develops/acquires access to energy, ensures energy needs are properly met and supplies are readily available, and disruptions minimized. Policy directs that the U.S. has a role in developing energy security throughout the world. For the U.S., we’ve long recognized the importance of energy security and have gone to great lengths to ensure its protection by developing depth and breadth in energy capabilities, whether it be sources (local and international), types of energy (hydrocarbons, nuclear, “green”, etc.), and vast distribution methods. This keen focus, along with technological improvements, resulted in tremendous U.S. expansion in the U.S.’s energy production, over the past twenty years, to the point where the U.S. is now a net energy exporter. The National Security Strategy states, “…we still have a significant stake in the energy security of our allies in Europe and elsewhere... Increasing global access to reliable and affordable energy is one of the most powerful ways to support social and economic development and to help build new markets for U.S. technology and investment.” Achieving this policy goal is by no means easily…
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