As prices at the pump remain artificially high and U.S. dependence on unfriendly foreign regimes presents an ever-present threat, more and more Americans are expressing their hope that the nation will move toward energy independence in the near future.
Of course, many leftist ideologues remain stubbornly opposed to such plans, especially regarding the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would allow for the distribution of North American oil throughout the U.S. While environmental activists continue to voice concerns about the plan, a clear majority of citizens are anxious to realize the many new jobs and marked drop in energy costs the pipeline would precipitate.
Even as Barack Obama – once a vocal critic of the project – prepares to announce his latest decision on the pipeline, a recent Pew Research poll shows a decisive majority of those within his party are now on board.
According to the study, Democrats favor the completion of the project by a 51-43 margin. Among Independents, the disparity is even greater; and a full 82 percent of Republicans want to see construction move forward.
Among the population as a whole, 65 percent of respondents approve of the pipeline, while only three in 10 oppose it.
The good news for individuals seeking energy independence does not stop there. The poll found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans favor offshore U.S. oil drilling to build up reserves and lessen dependence on Middle Eastern sources.
Unfortunately, this administration has proven to be unmoved by public sentiment. It remains to be seen if Obama will respond favorably to the obvious call for progress on both the pipeline and offshore drilling fronts.
What is clear, however, is that these two steps would create the foundation for a revitalized economy and a safer nation as a whole. It is now incumbent for the leftists in charge to put the good of America ahead of bitter partisan politics.
-B. Christopher Agee
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