Industry groups dispute White House energy progress report

Oil and gas industry groups quickly challenged White House efforts to take credit for lower crude oil imports and higher US production in the year since US President Barack Obama unveiled his Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future. A report he received underscored progress toward reducing US reliance on foreign crude by a third in a little more than a decade, the president said on Mar. 12. Other administration officials outlined gains at the daily White House press briefing. "Thanks to booming US oil and gas production, more-efficient cars and trucks, and a world-class refining sector, we've already cut net imports by 10% or 1 million b/d in the last year alone," said Heather Zich...

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