In a regular meeting, local republicans were given the opportunity to hear directly from Capitol Hill on Tuesday night.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan spoke with the local GOP to discuss the different issues he's facing in Washington right now, update his constituents on some popular national topics and provide residents with his own ideas moving forward.

Duncan directed much attention toward energy exploration and the economic benefits across the board.

The congressman stated he'd like to see federal lands opened up for energy exploration and production, while still maintaining a balance with the conservation of the land.

"Energy production is a multiplier," Duncan said, adding the industry supports numerous jobs from the oil driller to the mechanic to the restaurant worker.

Land currently being used for solar and wind energy does not have the ability to store energy, and therefore cannot provide power 24/7 to a factory, according to Duncan.

He said since the technology is not there yet, the government needs to look at other options, such as opening up federal land and looking off the coast of South Carolina for natural gas or oil.

"I think South Carolina can be a player in the energy sector," Duncan said.

The south Atlantic Ocean provides many benefits for energy production, including shallow water for easy mitigation and incident response as well as a 37.5 percent revenue share for the state, according to the congressman.

"I think it's a win, win, win for South Carolina," Duncan said.

He said the government should have an "all of the above" approach, and focus on harvesting all forms of energy in order to become more dependent.

Energy dependency would also lead to issues in the Middle East becoming less important, according to Duncan.

The congressman helped explain the current situation and origin of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to residents at the meeting.

Duncan, who sits on the homeland security and foreign affairs committees, said he believes the U.S. should not be involved in a civil war in Syria, but does need to protect the country's investments in Iraq.

Considering the investment in the Iraqi people and government, the congressman said he thinks there should be boots on the ground to help defend the country's allies in Iraq.

"I think it should be more decisive, and more deadly," Duncan said.