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More Excellent News, Smithers

Anybody hungry for a dose of good news should go to Bill Glahn’s blog for a cheery story on America’s growing energy independence.

Just when it seems that all the news is bad, a ray a light peeks through the clouds.  Our dependence on foreign oil, a bugaboo for Presidents dating back to Nixon, has finally begun to recede.  And the biggest reason can be found next door in North Dakota.
As with the natural gas revolution of recent years, the latest oil boom is powered by new drilling techniques, most notably the use of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Informational Administration (EIA) reports that the share of imported oil fell below 50 percent in 2010, the first time imports represented less than half the total since 1999.

Read the whole thing.

With Canada’s production booming, and big new discoveries popping up throughout the western hemisphere, one of the big national security nightmares of the last generation may be fading away.

Maybe God still has a special providence for drunks, fools and the United States of America.

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  • Randy

    Don’t worry. The EPA will put a stop to all this. Independence, schmindependence!

  • J R Yankovic

    Personally I’ve no doubt He does. But I’d also be careful not to mention it too often. Especially when in the company of some of our more strident modern – i.e., post-1995 – proponents of American exceptionality. Judging from what I’ve read of them, many seem to have all they can do to acknowledge a common humanity with drunks and fools. Much less to enjoy being lumped together favorably with them in the same proverb.

  • Wes

    You act like this is a good thing. Have you seen the Gasland documentary? At what price do we enjoy this cheap energy?

  • Bill Glahn

    Thanks for the link! Needless to say, I’m a huge fan.

  • Mrs. Davis

    And how does this reduce European and Japanese dependence on ME oil? We have been a minor importer from there but we defend it for our allies, not ourselves.

  • mrs. perry

    We will become exporters, Mrs. Davis.

  • Jeff77450

    I seriously doubt that the U.S. will ever become a net-exporter of petroleum, in part due to the reasons expressed in this excellent article:

    The Europeans, the Japanese, Korea et al should be paying at least 80% of the cost of having U.S. troops in their countries and our keeping the sea-lanes open. –says a retired soldier in Houston, Texas

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