Due to the ongoing development of our domestic resources, the United States is closer to becoming energy self-sufficient. For too long, we have relied on importing oil from foreign countries and watched as Americans are forced to pay increasing prices at the gas pump. In order to achieve this we must fully cultivate our oil resources at home by ending the drilling moratoriums, increasing onshore and offshore production, and approving permits which would assist in transporting oil from North Dakota's Bakken. It is also time for the Obama Administration to approve the Keystone Pipeline permit that will lead to thousands of jobs and cheaper energy.
Additionally, we must embrace the burgeoning natural gas industry and fight back on harmful Environmental Protection Agency regulations that will make it more difficult for coal powered facilities to thrive. All of these utilizations of available resources will provide stability to our country's energy needs while advancements in alternative energy options such as wind, solar, hydropower, and geothermal continue.