The oil and gas industry in the 23rd District is a big reason why the United States has become a net exporter of crude oil for the first time since the 1950s. Making the most of our domestic fossil fuel resources not only creates good paying jobs, but also moves us towards energy independence. And while we must do the most with the resources we’ve been given, we must also be good stewards of our future and develop green energy to grow the energy-sector jobs of tomorrow. It is our responsibility to develop the energy sources of the future today; that’s good economic policy, and it allows us to preserve our environment for our children and grandchildren.