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A Vote 4 Energy is not a vote for a person, a party, or even a philosophy, but rather, it is a vote to embrace a new era of American global energy leadership.

The United States is an energy-rich nation with a skilled workforce and cutting-edge technology. Consequently, the U.S. is now the world’s top producer of natural gas, the world’s leading refiner of petroleum products, and very soon could be the leading producer of oil.

When we look at the full spectrum of our domestic energy options – fossil fuels, nuclear energy, renewable and alternative energy sources such as biofuels – we are on a path towards continued economic growth, stronger job creation and greater energy security for decades to come.

However, this extraordinary potential will only be realized, if and when Americans demand that their political leaders and those who aspire to leadership, place fact-based energy policies ahead of political expediency and ideology. We could easily squander away this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, if we elect officials who are beholden to the status quo at the expense of the future.

The American people want, expect and deserve leaders who have a vision of American energy that is inclusive, realistic and above all rooted in the belief that energy’s fundamental role in our society is positive and should be encouraged rather than hampered.

Gone are the days of uncertainty over having the supply of energy we need, when we need it. It’s time we set about to construct a new consensus for a new innovation-driven reality that will sustain and grow American prosperity here at home and America’s influence in the world. Abundance, self-sufficiency, and a true all-of-the-above energy strategy – these are the characteristics that should define America’s energy today and tomorrow.

With the right leadership and vision, we can ensure all Americans benefit from our nation’s emergence as an energy leader. It’s time to fulfill our bright energy future, it’s time to Vote 4 Energy.

Vote4Energy.org is a voter education project of the American Petroleum Institute (API). Vote4Energy does not endorse or support any specific candidate or party, but rather aims to provide voters with relevant information to help them better evaluate public policies and candidates through the prism of American energy. API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.