From Real Clear Energy today:
November 14, 2013
No less a source than the White House announced yesterday that domestic oil production surpassed oil imports last month for the first time since 1994. Moreover, the trends are all headed in the right direction. Production has been climbing steadily over the last two years with the development of tight oil in the Bakken region of North Dakota and the Eagle Ford and other shale formations in Texas and the Southwest. Improved gas mileage in cars and the general slump in economic activity due to the recession have helped. Imports took a big plunge in October to their lowest level since 1991.
Typically, the White House tried to claim credit for all of this. “The actions that President Obama and his Administration have taken to reduce our reliance on foreign oil play a significant role in this story,” said Dan Utech, Director for Energy and Climate Change at the White House Domestic Policy Council. Utech cited the Administration’s effort to improve fuel efficiency and research at the Department of Energy that led to fracking technology. One way or another, the development was historic and certain to solidify Obama’s role as the Fossil Fuel President.
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