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America needs a drill pill

- Last modified: January 2, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Years ago at Disney's Epcot theme park in Orlando, Fla., I fell asleep on the ride at the Universe of Energy.

My attention span aside, what occurred is in a way symbolic of American leadership's inaction when it comes to energy resources. Our politicians have been asleep at the wheel when they could have been steering the nation toward energy independence.

We've said it before and we will say it again: America needs to end its reliance on foreign oil -- and one way to get there is to drill more domestically for oil.

As it turns out, most Americans agree with this position.

A Harris Interactive poll says that three of four registered voters either strongly or somewhat support increased production of oil and natural gas in the U.S. Two of three polled say they support more offshore drilling for domestic oil and natural gas resources. (For the poll, click here.)

And perhaps most importantly, nine in 10 say that increased production of domestic oil and natural gas resources could help strengthen America's energy security.

That is the goal: Energy security -- so that America is not at the mercy of the Middle East. And that our companies and businesses can be relatively secure in calculating their energy costs in the short- and long-term. That is critical when planning, including for growth and expansion.

It should be noted that the survey was done for the American Petroleum Institute, a trade organization representing oil and natural gas interests. It also should be noted that of the 1,002 survey respondents, 35 percent identified themselves as Democrats, 27 percent as Republicans and 25 percent as independents. The remainder listed themselves as other, did not know their political affiliation or declined to disclose their affiliation.

So, this concern over reliance on foreign oil cuts across political lines. It is time for more exploration and drilling.

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