How Important is Energy Independence?

Senator John McCain has been quoted as saying: “Our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been thirty years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in Washington to think long-term about the future of the country.” This very quote was brought up again by President Obama in a speech made concerning new energy for America. The truth is, energy independence means economic independence as much as it means liberty for American ideals and rights. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil reduces the amount that foreign interests can dictate what we hold true and right. Securing our energy means securing our independence.

President Obama’s Energy Speech Annotated