What if we ignored the challenge?
American presidents have always faced formidable challenges — from confronting Soviet power, to investing in space exploration, to protecting civil rights. Safeguarding our energy security has been one of the most difficult.
Can we free the country from a damaging dependence on foreign oil? Not unless the United States commits to relying on other sources of energy.
In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama drew attention to the fact that now "we have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years." It drew applause from both sides of the congressional aisle.
It may be too early to gauge the historic significance of the president's remarks. But what if we didn't listen?
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