What Are Some of the Benefits of Energy Independence?


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Two of the benefits of energy independence are improved economic stability and increased national security. Energy independence makes the U.S. economy more stable since energy prices are unlikely to experience the extreme fluctuations seen when political unrest and unpredictable events occur in unstable energy-producing regions.

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Energy independence also leads to greater national security. For many years, the United States’ reliance on foreign sources of oil, particularly countries in the Middle East, has placed it at the mercy of oil-producing nations with opposing political goals and groups that intend to cause harm to the United States and its allies. Purchasing oil from these countries supports these enemies, especially in countries known to harbor and sponsor terrorist groups. Energy independence takes this money away from those nations and hurts their ability to engage in activities that are contrary to U.S. interests and security.

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