Energy production equals a more productive economy and a more secure nation.
West Virginia's Republican congressional delegation, Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley, have pushed this idea for years. They have joined many colleagues in advocating an "all of the above approach" to fulfilling not only national needs, but also to make the US a powerful energy exporter as well.
Now a panel of retired military officers has expressed the same opinion.
John Gizzi last week covered the America's Future Energy Conference. He reported that retired military officers joined business leaders like FedEx CEO Fred Smith in arguing for higher production. American energy dominance, they claim, will help to ward off production cut threats from unfriendly organizations such as OPEC.
One such hostile action was the 1970 production cut to protest US support of Israel.
With the Middle East perpetually on the verge of conflict, an unpopular turn of US policy or a disastrous war could hurt the world's supply of energy. Stable American production could lead the world away from reliance on this fickle region.
One major improvement could be approval of the Keystone pipeline project. Obama opposes the construction of this connection between the Upper Great Plains and the Gulf of Mexico which would create tens of thousands of jobs.
The group also supported decreasing reliance on oil with more innovation. Electric and natural gas powered vehicles, once a particular interest of Senator Jay Rockefeller, could also help build energy security.