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CEA-Florida: Why National Security is an Energy Issue for Voters in November
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Kevin Doyle, executive director of the Consumer Energy Alliance-Florida, issued the following statement in advance of tonight’s final debate between the presidential nominees of the two major political parties:
“Creating North American energy self-sufficiency is the most complicated challenge facing the next President. Complicated because one of the biggest factors impacting the cost of energy has nothing to do with energy – it is stability abroad.
“As long as North America depends on overseas sources of energy to power its economy, then the autocratic values of regimes in the Middle East, Northern Africa and parts of Asia will dictate the cost that Florida consumers and the millions of tourists who visit our state will pay for their energy. With the right policies, we can be energy self-sufficient and thus help secure our country’s economic and national security.”
Consumer Energy Alliance recently published “North America’s New Energy Future” (http://consumerenergyalliance.org/2012/09/americas-energy-future/), a report detailing the vast stores of oil and gas in North America and the ways it can help drive North American energy self-sufficiency. The report finds that North America can attain the goal of energy self-sufficiency by 2020, and outlines the ways the United States can encourage realization of that goal.
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