As Coloradans, we should be proud of the role our oil and natural gas industry plays in creating jobs, increasing economic growth, and advancing America’s long-term energy future. As Jim Davis, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and the former Chief of Colorado Public Safety and Homeland Security, put it: “steady, environmentally safe production of oil and natural gas is essential to U.S. resilience.”
We agree. By harnessing domestic energy, the U.S. can pursue a foreign policy agenda from a position of strength rather than making decisions based on our energy needs.
Maintaining a steady supply of reliable and affordable domestic energy is key to strengthening America’s national security. In addition to creating good jobs and helping grow our economy, advancing U.S. energy sources reduces our reliance on foreign countries and unstable, hostile regimes to meet our growing energy needs. And recently, thanks to innovations in fracking technology, states like Colorado are setting the bar for safe energy production and putting the U.S. on the path towards greater energy security.
According to Forbes, fracking and advancements in safe, responsible energy production, including horizontal drilling, have made the U.S. “the world’s pre-eminent energy powerhouse.” This technology, combined with our abundant natural resources, is great news for states like Colorado. Colorado is one of the largest natural gas producers in the U.S. and a global energy leader, thanks to technology like hydraulic fracturing. In fact, fracking supports more than 100,000 jobs in Colorado alone and sustains billions of dollars in economic activity across our state from businesses to parks.
Put simply, fracking is crucial for our country’s energy security and our state’s future.
So, as Americans gather in big cities and small towns on Veterans Day to honor the brave men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States of America and served in our armed forces, let us remember that securing U.S. energy is a key part of our ability to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Whether they served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, our servicemembers represent the principles and ideals that define us as a nation and remind us that security comes from strength—especially when it comes to our energy future.