Pence contrasted those restrictions to the commitment Obama made last month to Dilma Rousseff, his Brazilian counterpart, that the U.S. would assist the country in developing its oil reserves and eventually become the country’s "best customer."

"Committing the United States to even more foreign energy resources is not sound energy policy," said Pence. "America's oil, natural gas and coal resources are equivalent to 1.3 trillion barrels of oil, the largest proven reserves in the world. American energy is the solution to America's energy crisis."

In the op-ed, Pence also said he was concerned that a rapid rise in gas prices had the potential to worsen this summer.