It cannot be understated how important being able to have some say in the global petroleum market will be for national security. This bill will improve America's standing internationally, as well as provide jobs at home. It is a misguided and short-sighted criticism that domestic energy production is automatically bad for the environment. Currently, the world's largest sources of petroleum are places like Venezuela or the middle east. Many of these places are openly hostile to democracy and rule of law. Do the hippie liberals care about the environment in these countries, as they fill up their SUVs at the pump? Directional drilling and ever-evolving technologies are making energy production safer and more efficient than ever. We should be leading the way in revolutionizing the production of energy in the global market, rather than making decisions on the basis of ill-constructed propoganda by environmentalists.