10/22/2013 05:19 pm ET Updated Dec 22, 2013

40 Years After the OPEC Oil Embargo, We're Still Dependent

Normally, the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973 would not be a favorite topic of mine. But last week it definitely was, thanks to SAFE"s OPEC Oil Embargo + 40 Conference in Washington.

I spent a great day with an amazing group of real leaders discussing different ways to get our country off OPEC oil and on our own natural resources. I know you would join me in thanking these talented individuals for helping our country get the energy plan it deserves.

I'll be sharing more video of the event in the coming days. Until then, check out these great quotes from the event by Daniel Akerson, Chairman & CEO of General Motors Company, Thomas "Mack" McLarty III, White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, and David Steiner, President & CEO of Waste Management.

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