In his last video to Energy Department workers, leaving Energy Secretary Rick Perry takes credit for many accomplishments of the department —inclusive of ones that haven’t happened. “We achieved the huge goal of energy independence,” says the former Texas governor in a video published last week titled “The Coolest Job I’ve Ever Had.”
But his department doesn’t agree:
“The United States generates a huge part of the petroleum it utilizes, but it still depends on imports to help meet the need,” according to the Energy Information Administration. “In 2018, the United States generated about 17.7 million barrels of petroleum each day, and it used about 20.5 MMb/d. Imports from other countries assist the supply to the domestic need for petroleum.” The U.S. imported 9.9 MMb/d in 2018, going by EIA, only slightly lower than the 10.1 imported in the last year of the Obama Administration, but significantly more than 2014.
For the week ending Oct. 11, the U.S. generated 12.6 MMb/d of raw oil, but it used 21 MMb/d of petroleum products. During that week, the U.S. received 6.3 MMb/d of crude oil and sent out about half that much. It also sent out petroleum products so that finally, the U.S. exported, total, 3.1 MMb/d more than it got. But the import/export equilibrium does not show energy independence, going by Jason Bordoff, founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. As long as the U.S. takes part in the global market, he says, it is dependent on the market fluctuations.