Editorial - The independence promise

With straight faces, politicians in the US speak longingly about energy independence. Wouldn't the country be better off, they ask, if it didn't import oil, especially from the Middle East? Wouldn't life be better if all energy consumed in the US came from the US?Well, would it? A sample of life in an energy-independent US is at hand. It is not appealing.Any discussion about an energy-independent US is, of course, hypothetical. Large and economically vigorous, the country consumes energy at enormous rates. Oil and natural gas fill 63% of the need. Achieving energy independence at current levels of demand would require the US to replace with domestically produced energy the equ...

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