Energy powers the American economy, but it also presents a threat as grave as any foreign army or terrorist group. How the nation gets and consumes energy puts our security at risk, every day. The oil we use empowers hostile states and terrorist groups and fosters instability. The system of energy supply, from oil pipelines to the electric grid, is vulnerable to attack and natural disasters. The fuel we burn, especially oil and coal, contributes to climate change, which has the potential to destroy our way of life.
Through its Energy Security and Climate Change project, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to integrate communities of interest, improve the flow of information to decisionmakers, and design practical strategies and policies for achieving energy security.