Earlier this week, the House Natural Resources Committee held ahearing about the impact high gas prices are having on seniors, working families and Memorial Day vacations. Though members and panelists agreed that energy independence is the ultimate end goal, consensus was predictably elusive as to whether oil and gas drilling is what will help us get there. While drilling critics are somewhat accurate in stating that domestic production will have little immediate impact on gas prices, this omits an unwavering truth: our nation will require robust oil and gas production to meet demand for the foreseeable future. This reality should not interfere with efforts to advance alternative energies until they are cost-effective. Nor should it provide cover for a singular focus to move “off oil” entirely. But doing nothing now defies all logic. Just think about those arguments made by politicians 10 years ago about not producing more domestic oil and natural gas. That decade-old failure is why we’re in the mess we are today.