It's no secret that Democrats and their green bedfellows are instrumental in preventing America from utilizing our vast natural resources in direct opposition to public opinion (again) and our national interest. In her typical straight-forward style, Sarah Palin offers up the solution to our energy needs over at NRO.
Here's the money quote: "Decreasing our dependence on foreign sources of energy will reduce the impact of world events on our economy."
Once upon a time, we had leaders who understood the value of minimizing outside influences on our economy. But today, leftist idealogy clearly places the needs of American citizens behind those of other nations, hence the emphasis on a worldwide economy. Those who trumpet the notion of diversity somehow fail to notice that some countries will have different ideas about economics and will pursue different goals, all in their own self-interest. We are just now beginning to see that a global economy is unwieldy at best and can be dangerously disruptive at worst. Anyone who remembers the oil embargo of the 1970's knows this to be true.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for trade whenever and wherever possible. But energy is what enables trade and keeping energy costs as low as possible means we should be producing as much of it as possible domestically.
We can and should be as energy self-sufficient as we can be.