During the last election, a lot of politics and rhetoric centered around energy independence for the United States. That is one area that the White House will continue to focus on over the next four years. Significant gains in efficiency and environmentally friendly techniques have stemmed from the investment of several companies in research and development rather than simply drilling more wells. These techniques are likely to help aid in lessening our dependence on foreign energy supplies.

This is all well and good from a national security standpoint, but where can investors look to profit from this movement? The video below hopes to help answer that question by providing some of Motley Fool analyst Taylor Muckerman's top picks.

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