The Council for a Secure America (“CSA”), is an organization dedicated to promoting United States energy independence, its impact on United States foreign policy, and the strategic relationship between the United States and Israel. The CSA is the first organization of its kind to bolster the alliance between the American oil and gas industry and the pro-Israel community. The CSA was established by key domestic oil and gas producers and leaders of the Jewish community to educate the public about the importance of their common objective of decreasing United States reliance on imported oil from the Middle East.
The United States is an energy super power. In recent years, the United States has been able to reduce its net imports of oil from foreign countries to just 19 percent of oil consumption. This is the lowest percentage since the 1960s. Oil imports are down a third in the past 8 years, reducing the leverage that oil-producing countries in the Middle East have on U.S. foreign policy and strengthening our ally Israel.
A number of people who follow United States energy policy believe that it is possible that the United States ultimately could be North American energy self-sufficient. The United States currently has the
largest oil reserves in the world and is the largest producer of both crude oil and natural gas in the world. New advances in drilling and production technology have enabled environmentally sound
production from geological formations that heretofore were incapable of producing oil and gas.
In order to pursue this goal of North American energy self-sufficiency, the United States will need to take a number of steps which include further increasing domestic production of oil and natural gas,
encouraging energy conservation and continuing to develop alternative and renewable sources of energy. This will have the effect of improving our balance of payments situation and creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the U.S.
The geopolitics of the Middle East are changing. Historic alliances are shifting, as nations move to protect themselves against the looming existential threat posed by Iran. The only constant is that Israel remains United States’ closest friend in the region. Israel and America stay linked through their shared democratic values and common interests. It is clearly in the United States’ best interest that Israel, a strategic democratic ally, remains strong and secure.
To accomplish its mission, the CSA conducts educational symposia and engages in travel and research activities to educate the public about the United States’ dependency on foreign oil, the benefits of energy independence and the reasons it is in the United States’ best interest to keep Israel a strong and secure presence in the Middle East. These activities include educational briefings, delegations to the oil patch, and mission trips to Israel.
We are living in one of those unique moments in time when smart domestic policy can also further the foreign policy objectives of our country. America can be energy dominant, and when that takes place, our national security will be strengthened, freeing ourselves of foreign energy dependence.