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Friday, 19 May 2017 14:48

OPEC Meeting Reminds US to Pursue Energy Independence and Security

Written by  Michael Morris

This week, the energy ministers of petrostates around the world gather—yet again—in Vienna for the semi-annual OPEC meeting—an absurd confab in which the holders of the world’s cheapest and largest oil reserves discuss how they can manage global oil supply to their benefit.

Let this meeting serve as a reminder to us in the United States that although our energy security has improved, there is far more to be done to protect us from the machinations of this cartel, and the other economic and security consequences of our oil dependence.

In the short amount of time since he took office, President Trump has stayed true to the commitment he outlined in his America First Energy Plan to maximize the use of American resources. Through the Executive Orders to reverse offshore drilling and revive key pipeline projects, among others that tackle overregulation and prioritize infrastructure, President Trump has strengthened the hand of U.S. oil producers in the global market. Given the strategic value of oil, these measures bolster both our economy and national security.

These achievements will open up more sites from which we can produce oil, as well as ensure domestic petroleum is transferred swiftly to the refining hubs where it is most needed—particularly through vital pipeline projects such as Dakota Access.

Read more at CNSNews

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