25 Oct '13, 9am

Repeat after me: There’s no such thing as energy independence

Repeat after me: There’s no such thing as energy independence

Remember a couple of weeks ago when you read about how Mitch McConnell and Sarah Palin threw a huge party to celebrate America’s newfound “energy independence”? No? That’s weird, maybe they forgot to invite the media. The U.S. Energy Information Agency projected earlier this month “that the United States will be the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2013, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia.” You’d think that would make Republicans — who’ve been chanting “Drill, baby, drill!” for years — very happy. Democrats too, as most of them buy into the “energy independence” framework as well. But no one celebrated because there is nothing much to celebrate. First of all, we can’t achieve independence from foreign oil when we consume so much more than we can ever possibly produce. Even though American production is increasing, we remain the world’s larg...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/repeat-after-me-theres-no...

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