The Declaration of Energy Independence by Lin DeCesare--Adopted Unanimously, July 4, 2011, Energy Independence Day Tea Party, Independence Mall, Philadephia, PA
When in the course of governing, leaders do not act in the best interest of their nation and its citizens, it is the right, it is the duty of those citizens to hold those leaders accountable for their actions and to remind them from whom their power is derived and whom it is they serve.
It is also necessary for those citizens to work for and demand change of the laws, regulations, and policies enacted and imposed by their leaders, by government agencies, by presidential czars, and by executive orders.
For many decades, ENERGY INDEPENDENCE has been the stated goal of our government. But, in reality the energy industry has become burdened with oppressive regulation and our nation has become increasingly dependant on foreign energy sources.
With dependence on foreign oil, the United States is subject to the policies and prices set by the OPEC oil cartel. Many of the cartels members are hostile to the US and its interests, yet their polices directly affect our economy and our national security.
For too long, United States energy policy has been directed by environmental concerns. Those concerns are valid, but we must also be concerned with how the cost of energy affects the growth of our economy, jobs, and our national security.
Advances in exploration and production techniques and technologies have made development of oil and natural gas reserves safer and less harmful to the environment.
Yet, the president and his administration continue their oppressive
treatment of the energy industry.