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When looking at America’s long-term energy security picture, there are several critical issues that present national security challenges. Growing global demand puts price pressure on energy resources; security disruptions threaten energy supplies; price volatility saps the U.S. economy; and fossil fuels exacerbate climate change.
It is a national security imperative that the United States invests in long-term R&D to develop new energy technologies. Unfortunately, current R&D funding levels are woefully inadequate – and at a time when infrastructure is crumbling around the country.
The slides below outline the critical energy challenges facing America over the next several decades. With the urgent need to invest in R&D, upgrade infrastructure, and replace existing power plants that are set to retire, there is an enormous opportunity for American leadership.
If America makes a national commitment to develop energy technologies to power the economy for the next-century, we can ensure stable and affordable supplies of energy, reduce greenhouse gases, and enhance U.S. energy security.