Gingrich's remarks were rhetorical red meat delivered to a crowd of carnivores.
The speech by the current cable-TV host and political provacateur fit into a theme at the convention: It's time for the industry to stop being defensive.
"I want this audience to understand that the debate and the question over whether or not we're going to produce natural gas is over," said Marty Durbin, president of America's Natural Gas Alliance, an industry advocacy group. "We are producing it, we're producing it safely and responsibly, and we will continue to do so."
Randy Albert, a Consol Energy executive who is chairman of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, interpreted the subsidence of street protests at this year's conference - it was the third year the event took place in Philadelphia - as an indication the industry "has begun to win the battle of public opinion."
Though antidrilling activists weren't on the street, they were active in the neighborhood: Several organizations held a "Freedom from Fracking 2013" conference at a church near the Convention Center to build support for a drilling moratorium in Pennsylvania.
Gingrich said the oil and gas industry's inventiveness was creating millions of jobs and improving national security by making the nation less dependent on fuel imports from unstable regions of the world.
"More energy from America means less military involvement in the Middle East," he said.
He said the industry was at risk of being held back by regulatory institutions developed to advance an "energy-scarcity regime."
"We've spent 30 years going down a political path of regulation and litigation, and, luckily, we're a free society and a handful of people went down a path here of science and technology," he said.
"They won and the bureaucrats lost because they solved the problem the bureaucrats couldn't solve," Gingrich said. "We need to use this moment in history to get this country recentered on favoring science and technology and entrepreneurship."