Offshore or Import. Two Questions.

In 2010, we spent $72 billion more for imported oil than we did in 2009. Two questions: (1) Why do we continue to send more money to countries who do not necessarily share our common interests when we have so much right here domestically? and (2) Why don't we take this opportunity to keep more of that money here, create thousands of new, well-paying American jobs and take greater control over our nation's energy security by developing our own natural resources?