At a time when President Obama is looking around for tools to use against Putin, the recent report of a Task Force, co-chaired by Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, Governor Bill Richardson, and Senator John Warner, raises the question: Shouldn't shale energy resources be Washington's mightiest weapon? The author of the report, Elizabeth Rosenberg, argues that the call for energy independence may not be in America's national security and economic interest. The best way to assure America's energy security is by using our abundance to widen global access to sufficient, affordable energy supplies.

Elizabeth Rosenberg is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Environment and Security Program at the Center for New American Security. She served as senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes, then the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. Rosenberg helped to develop and implement financial and energy sanctions, including the tightening of global sanctions on Iran, the launching of new sanctions against Libya and Syria, and the modification of Burma sanctions in step with normalizations of diplomatic relations. She also helped to formulate anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing policy and overseas financial regulatory enforcement activities.

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