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American ingenuity and entrepreneurialism have transformed American energy in the past decade. Our country has moved from a position of chronic energy dependency to true energy independence. The American energy sector has achieved a generational strategic goal: making the oil-producing tyrannies and autocracies, from Russia to Saudi Arabia, Venezuela to Iran and beyond, effectively irrelevant. Our American energy sector has achieved something else as well: in providing abundant and affordable energy to American homes and communities, it has opened up new vistas of American dreams and opportunities. That’s freedom. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will advance policies to support energy freedom.


  • U.S. energy independence
  • A secure and resilient U.S. energy sector
  • A predictable and efficient permitting process
  • A level playing field for all sources of energy to compete
  • Increased energy exports and international energy dominance
  • Realistic, fact-based, and economically viable solutions for complex environmental problems
  • Energy policies that help America’s most vulnerable and end energy poverty—ensuring that every American has access to affordable, reliable energy

The European Union Announces Plan for Phased Ban of Russian Oil and Refined Products—America Must Meet the Moment

Former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Chair of AFPI’s Center for Energy Independence, and Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg, Co-Chair of AFPI’s Center for American Security

AFPI Statement on the Biden Administration Final NEPA Rule that Will Delay Infrastructure, Increase Energy Costs, and Cement a Legacy of Build Back Never

Happy First Birthday AFPI!

Op-ed: Europe needs a Mitchell Plan, not a Marshall plan

Rick Perry

Biden blames Putin and US oil companies for the rising prices making Americans’ lives miserable, but the TRUTH is that runaway inflation is his own fault

Andy Puzder

The Latest Strategic Petroleum Reserve Release Demonstrates the “Consequence and Peril” of President Biden’s War on Fossil Fuels

Rick Perry and David Bernhardt

Unleashing U.S. Energy Dominance Livestream Discussion

Unleashing American Energy

Rick Perry joined Cavuto Live on Fox to discuss the energy crisis and oil restrictions from Russia

Rick Perry joined Mornings with Maria on Fox Business to discuss the energy crisis

Op-Ed: Biden’s war on American energy made us dependent, again

Steve Moore

An Examination of the First Year of Biden’s Presidency

Rick Perry: What I’ve Got in Common with Stacey Abrams

Rick Perry

Op-Ed: Yes, the Biden Administration DOES Have a Magic Wand for Energy Prices

Rick Perry

Governor Rick Perry joined ‘Kudlow’ on Fox Business

Biden Administration’s Answer to Energy Costs: Even Higher Prices

Andrew Wheeler

Op-Ed: America deserves better than what Congressional Democrats are offering

Brooke Rollins in The Washington Times

Op-Ed: Biden’s Race to Undo Trump Environmental Reforms Violates Public Trust

Rick Perry and Jason Isaac in Real Clear Energy

Blog: National Environmental Protection Act Reform Comments

Beatrice Brooke Policy Analyst, Center for American Prosperity and Center for Energy Independence

Beatrice Brooke was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and serves as a Policy Analyst in the Center for American Prosperity and the Center for Energy Independence for AFPI. Brooke recently finished her service at the United States Department of Commerce, where she served as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary on policy matters including international trade, economic development, weather operations, and commercial space enterprises. In this role, she supported the Deputy Secretary, who served as the Department’s Chief Operating Officer of a budget of more than $15.2 billion, 12 operating units, and over 47,000 employees. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she majored in Political Science and International Studies and also studied Spanish and Italian. Brooke grew up in Washington, D.C., and she enjoys reading about history, traveling, and studying languages—and has recently begun learning Korean.

“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”

Thomas Jefferson

Samuel Buchan Director, Center for Energy Independence

Samuel Buchan is from Akron, Ohio, and serves as the Director of the Center for Energy Independence at AFPI. Buchan recently served as the Director for International Economic Policy on the National Economic Council, where he contributed to the Trump Administration’s energy and environmental policy and developed the administration’s strategy for European energy security. Previously, Buchan served as the Senior Advisor to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, where he oversaw the Department’s international efforts and established the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy and Climate Cooperation. Buchan has written numerous articles on the geopolitics of energy and domestic energy policy for leading sector publications, including Newsweek, The National Interest, RealClearEnergy, and The Hill. Buchan earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Akron and is pursuing his Master of International Policy at Texas A&M University. Buchan enjoys woodworking, sailing, and monitoring black market energy trade. 

The Honorable Rick Perry Chair, Center for Energy Independence

Rick Perry was born in Haskell, Texas, and raised in Paint Creek, Texas. The son of dryland cotton farmers, he currently serves as the Chair of the Center for Energy Independence at AFPI. Perry previously served as the 14th Secretary of Energy under President Donald Trump, where he advanced America’s dominance in energy production to help American businesses, workers, families, and farmers. Previously, Perry served as the 47th Governor of Texas. As Governor of the Lone Star State, Perry championed conservative principles that helped Texas become America’s economic engine. Perry also served Texas as Lt. Governor, Agriculture Commissioner, and State Representative. Perry is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having flown C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in Europe and the Middle East and remains passionate about supporting the active duty and veteran community. Perry earned distinction early in his life as an Eagle Scout and he was one of the first in his family to go to college, earning a degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Yell Leader. Perry married his childhood sweetheart, Anita, in 1982. They have two children, two beautiful granddaughters, and a grandson, who was born on the 4th of July.

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