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Energy in the Americas: Building a Lasting Partnership for Security and Prosperity

September 30, 2005

Secure access to global energy resources on market terms is a strategic imperative for the United States.  The devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is a tangible reminder of the potential impact on the health of the US economy and the well-being of US citizens when energy supplies are interrupted.  Few issues have as significant a strategic national component.  At the same time, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean have been blessed with abundant energy resources, which, if developed efficiently and effectively, can be a leading engine of regional development and an important contributor to global competitiveness.

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