America is moving in the right direction when it comes to supplying our own energy. But to sustain the drive toward energy independence—and away from unstable overseas energy regimes—the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) needs to expand access to more of America’s offshore energy resources!
The Key to Improving U.S. Energy Security Can be Found Offshore
We all know that American energy works! Producing our own energy has brought lower prices, jobs, and increased energy security. Our country has the capability to produce even more energy right here at home, but the federal government is standing in the way with restrictive policies offshore. Right now, a full 87% of America’s offshore areas are off-limits to energy development. This has got to change—and your involvement can help.
BOEM has proposed modestly expanding the amount of land open to offshore exploration in the Draft Proposed 5-year Offshore Leasing Program (DPP) that will direct offshore energy development policies from 2017 to 2022. This is definitely a step in the right direction, so email BOEM now to urge approval for this 5-year leasing program. Responsible offshore energy exploration will create jobs, grow our economy, and strengthen American energy security. Those benefits hinge on BOEM getting the 5-year program right!