Today we celebrate the most important day in our nation’s history, our Independence Day, when the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was the day that changed us from colonists to Americans and proud citizens of the United States. Today, 236 years later, Pennsylvania is still at the forefront of the fight for our freedoms, leading the way towards energy independence through the Marcellus Shale.
As we sit down to picnics, firework displays, and celebrations of our nation’s birth, it’s important to remember we still have a ways to go before we are truly independent. We still send our service men and women into countries to secure our interests, included among them access to energy. We still import substantial amounts of oil and natural gas to supply our needs, and are still very much reliant on foreign nations to fuel our country.
In the 1970s, as the United States was nearing its bicentennial, we learned a hard lesson when the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) placed a... The result was an international energy crisis that showed just how dependent we are on other countries for our energy needs. Many reading this blog probably remember what it was like when the price of oil jumped from $3 to $12 a barrel, gas stations closed on Sundays, the government tried to keep people from putting up Christmas lights, and the price at the pump was outrageous. Tom (much older than me, of course) says he remembers taking the family to Cape Cod for a vacation and having to time his travel to fit with “even and odd” fill-up rules based on license plates, which required filling the car with gas whenever able.
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