Analysis

Senator Vitter: U.S. Energy Security Begins at Home
U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) during a March 7 interview at LIGNET’s office in Washington, DC.
March 10, 2012
| Energy
| Middle East and North Africa, The Americas
Summary
Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana says Americans are right to complain that the United States is often pulled into situations in the Middle East because of our reliance on foreign oil, and says the one thing the country should do to prevent this is to “wean” itself off foreign oil and develop more energy here at home.



"Most Americans don’t realize it, we’re the single-most energy-rich country in the world bar none, when you look at all of our resources," Vitter told LIGNET.com in an exclusive interview this week. "The problem is, we’re the only country in the world that takes well over 90 percent of those resources and puts them off limits — says no, no, no, no you can’t drill off the East Coast, no you can’t drill off the West Coast and on and on. We need to change that policy to produce more energy here at home and lessen our reliance on unstable foreign sources."

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