Access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable sources of energy is essential for all modern economies. Since the late 1950s, we Americans have not been energy self-sufficient. Our addiction to foreign oil and fossil fuels puts our economy, our environment, and ultimately our national security
at risk. Furthermore, there is a growing recognition of the
requirement to balance our need for plentiful, low-cost energy, with an inherent responsibility to steward
the natural environment. The U.S. does not face this challenge alone. As the world continues to become more connected, our collective futures are inextricably linked, and energy lies at the core of global interactions. Meeting our growing energy needs and how we manage the impacts
on climate change will have profound ramifications on the
global economy and ultimately on global geopolitical stability.