Energy security is national security. Because the fate of the economy is so closely tied to oil, the United States is forced to expend tremendous resources to secure the world’s oil supply. Oil dependence frequently affects policy priorities and objectives overseas. It can empower foreign actors, many of whom do not share our values or interests, with leverage over the United States.
This burdens our military, drains defense budgets, and distorts overseas objectives. A RAND Corporation study placed the ongoing cost to the U.S. military of mitigating the risk of supply disruptions in the global oil market at between $67.5 billion and $83 billion annually.
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