Did you know that in 2012 Americans spent an average of $3,000 on gas? – more than doubling 2002’s average of $1,235? Were you aware our country owes $900 billion because of our dependence on oil? These are just a few statistics that should give Americans a little more to think about when they’re filling up at the pump.

Kenneth Blackwell and General James Conway are two leaders determined to make more people aware of our country’s need for energy security. One a conservative voice for American values and the other a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general, Blackwell and Conway have teamed up as members of the leadership council for Securing America’s Future Energy, an organization dedicated to what its title suggests by reducing the nation’s dependence on oil. I had the chance to sit down with them at the Values Voter summit this weekend to get their insight on the state of American energy.