We also support moving to homegrown energy for economic reasons. Last year, investment in the global renewable energy market reached a record $260 billion. Similarly, the market for electrified vehicles is expected to experience a Compounded Annual Growth Rate of almost 20%, compared to just 3.7% for the overall vehicle market. America must help these fast-growing businesses by keeping taxes and regulation low, and investing in current and future scientists and engineers. Doing so will help reinvigorate our economy, and keep more American jobs and dollars here at home. We want to own the cutting-edge energy technologies of the future—and not continue to rely heavily on other countries to fuel our energy needs.

One of us is a veteran of the war in Iraq. The other is a mother. And we both- along with many other young conservatives - also support homegrown energy for the sake of cleaner air.

We believe that protecting our air and water is an important family-values issue. In 1970, Senator Barry Goldwater wrote, “While I am a great believer in the free enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even stronger believer in the right of our people to live in a clean and pollution-free environment." We agree. Renewable energy will cut down on pollution, and help ensure a healthier future for American families and future generations.

When it comes to energy reform, there’s a growing disconnect between the way the issue is discussed inside the Beltway and outside the Beltway. Across the country, in state after state, young conservatives want greater energy efficiency and homegrown energy. They know this approach will make America safer, stronger and cleaner. We brought this message to our recent event in Washington, D.C. And we intend to continue to share this message with our nation’s elected officials after Election Day.

Combs is the president of Young Conservatives for Energy Reform (YCER) and a former “Young Republican of the Year.” Smith, an Air Force veteran, is YCER’s Midwest chair.