US Energy Independent in 10 Years?

They could have been "energy independent" decades ago, they just don't want to use their oil reserves until absolutely necessary.
The devil's in the detail- It involves replacing lots of oil based combustion with domestic shale gas.
Now, that technology is maturing rapidly, but there are some minor quibbling problems- Like man-made earthquakes (not cool if you are Californian) and massive groundwater contamination, along with enough methane leaking up the pipes to blow up your back garden.

Some of this appears to be due to really shoddy working practices, but some seems to be built into the technology, and unavoidable without really tight regulation.

It would allow the US a much greater degree of strategic decision making, especially as its previous excursion into corn-based biofuels wasn't an outstanding success, but its worth noting that most bioethanol manufacturing is powered by -natural gas!

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