by Sen. Eric Johnson (R-Savannah)
Since the election, the country has focused on how to recover from the current economic situation. However, I believe that one of the greatest challenges President – Elect Obama will face is the problem of our dependence on foreign oil which was one of the contributors to the recession. While gas prices have dropped recently, we still remember $4+ gasoline. We cannot forget that energy fuels the economy and most of this energy comes from foreign nations that loathe America’s values of freedom and democracy.
During the election, you may have seen commercials featuring T. Boone Pickens, the Texas billionaire who made all of his money on oil and gas. Pickens has put his money where his mouth is, and called on the next Congress to enact a plan for domestic energy independence within the first 100 days of the new Congress.