From Oil Embargo to Energy Security

October 15, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week's commentary follows:

Forty years ago this month, Arab oil producers launched a boycott against America.

Long gas lines formed. Prices went through the roof.

The boycott later petered out.

But the message was clear.

We needed to end our energy vulnerability – for the sake of our national security and economy.

Over the following decades, politicians were stronger on promises than performance.

But a few years ago, things began to change.

We’re now importing less and less oil and other petroleum products.

We’re also using less oil, as vehicles become more fuel efficient—and as we make progress in the use of alternative fuels and technologies.

And we’re producing more oil and gas here at home.

This is game-changing news.

For 40 years, AJC has stayed the course in making the case for American energy security.

There’s more to do, but, happily, America has come a long way.

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This is David Harris of AJC.