Oklahoma oilmen lead energy independence advocacy group

The Council for a Secure America is leading the push for U.S. energy independence by focusing on how increased domestic energy would benefit the country's other allies, especially Israel.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: June 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm •  Published: June 27, 2013

“At this point where America is threatened by unpredictable supply and the price of imported oil, by the rise of Islamic terrorism, by the possibility of a nuclear Iran, energy independence would provide the ways and means to deal with those threats much more effectively,” Ettinger said. “It would mean American independence of imported oil, and therefore would provide for the maximization of American independence of national security actions, which at this point is severely inhibited.”

The Council for a Secure America employs many of the arguments forwarded by other energy independence advocates, including strengthened national security, improved trade balance and a boosted domestic economy.

The group also includes a specific focus on the country's allies.

“Energy independence for America would be a game-changer in the international arena, enhancing its position of power while at the same time intimidating those who threaten America, and upgrading the national security of the free world in general, and in my case Israel in particular,” Ettinger said.

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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