Kent is in Europe this week, advising on oil supply concerns in cash-strapped nations.
And it's getting serious over there.
As he noted on Fox Business last week, Greece imports nearly 30% of its oil from Iran, and the country needs fuel in order to keep its economy moving in these uncertain times.
I don't think our leaders or media say this enough, but energy is the catalyst of economic growth and human progression. And a lack of reliable fuel sources will only make this teetering European economy even more susceptible to its ongoing debt woes.
The last 100 years of prosperity in the U.S. was not driven by abstract ideals like the "American spirit."
Cheap, efficient energy sources fueled our growing global economy. They were an underlying driver of a population boom and expansion across the continent. Without them, we wouldn't have our highways, sprawling suburbs, or supporting infrastructure that has made this country so unique.
But the days of cheap oil are fading fast. Production costs are rising as we shift toward unconventional oil fields and tight gas formations for our sources.
So, once again, we're looking to alternative forms of energy.