Energy security is one of the most under valued security weaknesses of the United States. Manipulating oil prices is one of the ways other countries can disrupt the American economy and politics. Our dependence on foreign oil is dangerous. We should not be exporting oil to other countries while we are still buying oil from overseas. It makes no sense. Mind you that we should be diversifying our energy portfolio into renewables and lessening our dependence on fossil fuel‘s all together, but definitely, our dependence on foreign oil is a security risk that needs to be mitigated. Keeping our own oil at home (and preferably in the ground) limits the amount of influence other oil producing regions like the Middle East and Russia can have over our economy. Until our system migrates more fully to renewable energy, keeping our fossil fuel’s at home is a necessary middle step to transitioning off fossil fuels while keeping America independent from the controlled proxy manipulation of oil prices.