The two countries must work together to avoid reliance on the Middle East and "petro dictators," Gary Doer told delegates to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region's annual meeting on Wednesday.
Doer said part of the solution is to buy as much renewable energy from each other as possible.
"We have to have energy efficiency," he said. "We have to continue to develop renewables. Wind in Montana should be purchased in Canada. Hydro from British Columbia should be purchased in the United States."
He also said Canada can provide more oil to the U.S.
Doer suggested energy security would dramatically improve the U.S and Canadian economies.
The Pacific Northwest group includes state and provincial officials, business leaders and academics.
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